Dave Dalbke of Maryland Glass & Mirror Co. Passes Away

Glass Magazine, Baltimore Sun
February 16, 2017

Dave Dalbke, part owner of Maryland Glass & Mirror Co., in Baltimore, Maryland, passed away Feb. 11, after suffering from multiple myeloma. He was 62. In addition to his company, Dalbke supported the industry with his involvement in the Mid-Atlantic Glass Association, even serving on its Board of Directors in the 1990s. 

The son of Raymond Dalbke and Helinda "Betty" Dalbke, David Roy Dalbke was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and moved with his family to Long Island, New York, where they lived until moving to Original Northwood in Baltimore in the late 1960s.

He began his business career with Ryder Truck Rental in Baltimore as a lease account manager and was later promoted to branch manager. In 1990, Dalbke and his business partner, John McKenna, purchased Maryland Glass & Mirror Co. The two partners transformed the small wholesaler into a large regional fabricator of glass and glazing components. He expanded the business to include a state-of-the-art tempering furnace, cutting line and fabrication equipment, family members said. At the time of his death, he was not retired. 

Dalbke was an avid waterfowl hunter and enjoyed spending winter weekends with his hunting club in Cambridge. He also liked to golf in Arizona, as well as boat on the Severn River and travel.

He is survived by a brother, Matthew Dalbke of Pasadena; a stepmother, Dorothea Dalbke of Timonium; and a nephew.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m. in the St. Paul’s School Chapel (11152 Falls Road Brooklandville, MD 21022), with a reception to follow.