John Harry Filbert III, 78, who sold residential real estate in Ocean City in the 1970s and 1980s, died of an apparent heart attack in his sleep last Friday at his Monkton home.
Born in Baltimore and raised on Malvern Avenue in Ruxton, he was the son of John Harry Filbert, Jr. and his wife, Florence White.
He was the grandson of John H. Filbert and his wife, Martha V. Filbert, the namesake for Mrs. Filbert’s Margarine, his family’s business in Baltimore.
He was a McDonogh School graduate and attended Rollins College.
He joined his family’s margarine business and was regional sales manager until 1972 when Mrs. Filbert’s was sold to Central Soya.
Mr. Filbert then moved to Ocean City and opened a real estate sales business and was the co-owner of Filbert-Dunsten Resort Realtors with business partner Gee Dunsten. He also developed the Deer Pointe community.
After selling the local business, Mr. Filbert returned to Monkton where he bought Golden Quarters horse farm and sold residential real estate with the old Hill & Co. and later O’Conor, Mooney and Fitzgerald.
One of his horses, Florida Law, won the 1998 Maryland Hunt Cup.
He was a member of the Manor Conservancy.
A funeral service was held Tuesday at St. James Episcopal Church in Monkton.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Dorian Ingram; a daughter, Charlotte F. Caldwell of Spartanburg, South Carolina; three sons, John H. Filbert IV of Savannah, Georgia, Erskine I. Filbert of Monkton and Timbrooke F. Filbert of New York City; and two grandchildren.