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Mundey's passing 'a great loss to the town'

July 26, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING

marlob@herald-mail.com

Friends recalling the life of Mason "Mace" Mundey agreed that his passion for the welfare of Clear Spring was firm, tireless and part of his legacy that will live on.

Mundey, a member of the Clear Spring Town Council for more than 12 years, died Friday after a brief illness. He was 70.

Former Clear Spring Mayor Betty Shank said she remembers that Mundey took his council job seriously, as well as his underlying assignment as street commissioner.

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"Mace did the maximum with the minimum of resources available," Shank said. "He was totally committed to his town."

As the owner of Clear Spring Hardware for 10 years, Mundey was nearly always downtown and available to residents who had issues with the streets in town. After he sold the store 3 1/2 years ago, Mundey continued to work in the store and kept up that daily contact with people.

"I just loved going to the hardware store to see Mace," said Town Clerk Juanita Grimm, whose office is just a few doors from the store. "He was very handy for me on town matters."

In recent years, Mundey had been coordinating the weekly state prison crews who were available to do work in Washington County municipalities, according to former Clear Spring Councilman Gary Grove.

"Every Monday, he would meet with the crews and arrange for needed work to get done around the town," Grove said. "Mace saw to it that they kept things nice."

Current Town Mayor Paul Hose Jr. said he has known Mundey for 35 years - at Mack Trucks when they both worked there, and as fellow residents and officeholders in Clear Spring.

"He was always so friendly and easygoing," Hose said. "The town has lost a good friend."

Hose said Mundey's current two-year council term, which expires in October, will remain unfilled until that election.

Teddy Hovermale, now the owner of the Clear Spring Hardware store, said Mundey was one of the best.

"He taught me the business," Hovermale said. "Mace was a very helpful person and so easy to get along with."

Julianna Albowicz, former Clear Spring councilwoman, vice mayor and business owner, said it was her pleasure to serve with Mundey on council until last October, when she changed her residency.

Now the assistant for U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski in Western Maryland, Albowicz said she considers Mundey one of the town's fathers.

"This is a great loss to the town," she said.

When he wasn't working for the town or at the hardware store, Mundey was active in the Clear Spring District Historical Society and with his family.

"I'll remember Mace for his kindness and his smile," said David Wiles, president of the Clear Spring District Historical Society. "He gave many hours of his time to make Clear Spring a nice town to live in."

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