Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Eagle Archive: Ralph Condon, 85, retired Carroll County businessman

Eagle Archive: Ralph Condon, 85, retired Carroll County businessman By Kevin E. Dayhoff, April 3, 2013 http://tinyurl.com/c8oqsto

Ralph A. Condon, a Carroll County community leader and businessman, died March 27 at age 85. He was a Navy veteran who served in World War II. He was married to Ava Rakes Condon for 65 years.

Condon was born in Taylorsville on Sept. 28, 1927. In the early 1950s, he began working as an auto mechanic at a shop way off the beaten path on a rutted-dirt road a mile or so off of Manchester Road, Route 27, near the present-day intersection with Route 482.

He subsequently founded Condon's Auto Parts in 1954. The business is currently operated by the third generation of his family.

In 1959, Manchester Road was re-aligned and rebuilt in such a manner that all of the sudden the auto recycling yard was exposed to public view. This was in the days before zoning and for several years, there were no problems.

The operation minded its own business and wasn't bothering anyone, said Condon several years ago in an interview.

But peace and tranquilly came to an end to his once upon a time out of sight business. New folks in the county began to complain, and legal problems with the county started. Never mind he was there first.

In the late 1960s, Condon decided the right thing to do was to move his business farther away from the road – out of sight of the public. That was easier said than done, though. As they say, no good deed goes unpunished… http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/neighborhoods/westminster/ph-ce-eagle-archive-0407-20130403,0,5284705.story

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