John Edward Gorozdos
Record Company Representative
John Edward Gorozdos, 40, a bluegrass musician and sales representative for classical and traditional music labels, died Sept. 6 in an accidental drowning at his home in Phoenix, Md. The death is under investigation by the Baltimore County medical examiner.
Mr. Gorozdos, a Washington native, performed for a variety of bluegrass, Celtic and traditional groups the past 20 years. Most recently, he played banjo and was the lead singer for Jericho Bridge, a bluegrass band. He gave his final performance, at Boordy Vineyard in Hydes, Md., one day before his death. Jericho Bridge will release an album that includes Mr. Gorozdos's performances this fall.
He was a longtime member of Ship's Company, a traditional maritime music group that performed on the Constellation, which is moored in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. He was also a member of the Blue Line bluegrass band and the English folk group Cornucopia.
He had performed in a production of "Hamlet" at the Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger in Washington and with the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble and the Baltimore Composers Forum. He sang and played banjo, guitar, recorder, piano, trumpet and percussion.
Since 1999, Mr. Gorozdos had been the East Coast sales representative of Harmonia Mundi, a classical music label. Between 1990 and 1999, he was a sales representative for Rounder Records, a blues and traditional music label, and Allegro, a classical label.
From 1987 to 1990, he was a clerk and record buyer at the House of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park.
He was born in the District and grew up in Silver Spring and Burtonsville, graduating from Paint Branch High School in 1981. He received a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland in 1986.
He lived in Laurel from 1987 to 1994 before moving to Owings Mills. He had lived in Phoenix, north of Baltimore, since 2001.
Survivors include his companion of two years, Lori Brown of Baltimore; his parents, Terry and Dick Gorozdos of Burtonsville; two brothers, David Gorozdos of Glen Burnie and Steven Gorozdos of Washington; and three sisters, Linda Benade of Haymarket, Lisa Gorozdos of Charles Town, W.Va., and Susan Ehrlich of Clarksville.
Martha Lois O'Leary
Budget Analyst, Homemaker
Martha Lois O'Leary, 83, a former budget analyst at the Pentagon, a homemaker and a church member, died of cancer and kidney failure Aug. 31 at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.
Mrs. O'Leary was born in Hickory, Pa. She attended Indiana State College, now Indiana University of Pennsylvania, in Indiana, Pa., and moved to the Washington area about 1952.
She worked at the Pentagon as a budget analyst for the comptroller of the Air Force until 1957. She married a naval officer and accompanied him to a number of duty stations before they settled in McLean in 1962.
Mrs. O'Leary was a member of St. John Catholic Church in McLean for 42 years. She was a longtime member of the Tuckahoe Swim Club and enjoyed contract bridge.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, retired Navy Cmdr. Joe O'Leary; a son, Joseph Robert O'Leary of Encinitas, Calif.; and two brothers.
Ernest E. 'Ernie' Joynes
Ernest E. "Ernie" Joynes, 80, a retired government employee, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 13 at Prince George's Hospital Center. He was a Riverdale resident.
Born in McKeesport, Pa., Mr. Joynes moved to Louisiana as a youth and attended Harding College in Searcy, Ark. He served in the Army during World War II in the Pacific theater on New Guinea.
He was a lifelong government employee, having worked for the Merchant Marine, the U.S. Postal Service and the architect of the Capitol, retiring in 1987 after 46 years of government service.
Mr. Joynes was a member of the Masons and University Park Church of Christ in Hyattsville.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Mae Pitman Joynes of Riverdale; three children, Sara J. Bernheisel of Greenbelt, Charles Joynes of Owings Mills, Md., and Edward Joynes of Riverdale Park; two brothers, Robert D. Joynes of Largo and Ashton Paul Joynes of Kissimmee, Fla.; and two grandchildren.