December 18, 2012
Patrick "Scunny" McCusker, owner of Nacho Mama's
"I don't even know where to begin. In my eyes, Scunny was solely responsible for keeping the National Beer brand alive. He kept fighting for Natty Boh, and you see how big it is now. He touched so many people. He taught me a ton about the business, as a friend and as a boss. He was quite a character. He was everything to everybody. He could be the biggest ass you've ever met in your life and also be the nicest guy you've met in your life. He would do anything for anybody, as long as you were a good person. ... When he started in Canton, there was nothing. Is he solely responsible for making Canton what it is? No, but he was one of the forefathers of making Canton stay what it is. I'm smiling the whole time I'm talking about him, but I'm sad he's gone. Not just sad for me but sad for my family -- sad for the people of Canton and the people of Baltimore. He was somebody special."
Tom Rivers, co-owner of Ale Mary's, as told to Sam Sessa. McCusker died Aug. 24 from injuries sustained in a bus accident. He was 49.