James G. Edelen Jr., furniture company executive, dies – Baltimore Sun
James G. Edelen Jr., a retired furniture company executive who enjoyed working as an extra in television shows, died Jan. 18 of heart failure at his Mount Washington home. He was 94.
The son of James G. Edelen Sr., founder of the J.G. Edelen Co., and Genevieve Hilton Edelen, a homemaker, James Gough Edelen Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised on Eldorado Avenue.
A 1940 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, Mr. Edelen was attending the Johns Hopkins University when he was drafted into the Army, where he served in intelligence with the 94th Infantry Division in Europe. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of technician third grade.
After leaving the Army, he joined his father’s furniture and hardware business, which was founded in 1923 and was then located on Commerce Street in downtown Baltimore. The business later moved to Erdman Avenue and is now located on Kelso Drive.
He was named president of the company in 1960, a position he held until retiring in 2006.
Mr. Edelen returned to college and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1977 from what is now Loyola University Maryland and a master’s degree in theology from St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Roland Park.
In 1948, he married Elizabeth Bacon, who died in 2013.
The couple enjoyed working as extras in films and television shows, and Mr. Edelen appeared in “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “The Wire,” as well as in many print advertisements. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Mr. Edelen attended Mass daily at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, in the Woodbrook neighborhood of Baltimore County.
The 60-year Mount Washington resident was an international traveler and an avid reader.
Services were private.
He is survived by a son, James G. Edelen III of Timonium; four daughters, Elizabeth “Betsy” Gemmill of Ellicott City, Sarah Cocco and Nancy Slacum, both of Towson, and Anne Elko of Delta, Pa.; a brother, John Fenwick Edelen of Martinsville, Va.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.