~~For decades,the name of John Delaney Hubble Sr was synonymous with real estate investment, development, deals and construction in and around the city.
"From a real estate standpoint and a professional standpoint, he was extremely bright. He was very savvy. He knew how to put the deals together," said Bob Altieri, president and chief executive officer of Carrollton Bank in Baltimore, a longtime friend. His education in real estate came through his father, L.L. Hubble, who founded a family real estate business in 1919 and with whom he worked. He also was taken under the wing of his father's colleagues.
In 1955, he married his childhood sweetheart, the former Nancy Perrera. The couple worked side by side in the family business, developing hundreds of acres in Anne Arundel, Howard and Charles counties. In the 1970s, they built, renovated and developed condominiums in Guilford and Roland Park .
In the 1970s, Mr. Hubble developed and built restaurant and bar businesses in downtown Baltimore. Among them was Pickles Pub near Oriole Park at Camden Yards , for which he received an architectural award from the city.
He received an award for architectural distinction from the city for his renovation of what was first Graul's, then Green & Fairbanks Grocery, into the Hubble Co. offices at 2600 St. Paul St. The building has since been sold.
Mr. Hubble had a lifelong passion for politics, and supported both Democrats and Republicans, concerned more with their deeds than political affiliation, said his wife. A Mason, he was a member of St. John's Lodge, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and the Boumi Temple.