Leo Lawrence (Larry) Lorditch
CENTREVILLE — Leo Lawrence (Larry) Lorditch of Centreville, MD, died quietly at his home on May 5, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Born on Dec. 5, 1944 in Hyattsville, MD, he was the son of the late Leo (Lee) and Eleanor Boes Lorditch. His life was a tribute to the motto, “Live well, laugh often, and love much.”
Larry began an extensive and very rewarding career with C&P Telephone Company beginning immediately after graduation from Archbishop Carroll High School, Washington, DC, in 1962. As the telephone company grew, so did Larry’s career. He stayed with the company as it became AT&T, then Bell Atlantic, and finally retired from Nokia in 1991. His time with the phone company was interrupted briefly during the Vietnam War, when he enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and was a weapons mechanic on F-100’s.
In 1991, L&L Communications, a telecommunications company founded and developed by Larry operated in the Annapolis, MD, area. He became a sub-contractor for Anne Arundel Medical Center, and in 1997 he was asked to join their organization as a full-time employee. Larry’s successful 14-year career with AAMC began with moving the entire hospital communications system from the original downtown Annapolis location to the current site on Jennifer Road. To this day, the legend “Larry-the-Phone-Man” is known throughout the hospital.
During his off-time, Larry utilized the “Lorditch Legacy” to build car and boat motors. He enjoyed an accomplished career racing Sanger flat-bottom boats and became recognized as the High-Point Champion on the East Coast for Unblown Gas Flat-bottom boats.
Larry was a member of the CWA Union Local 2108 for more than 50 years. He co-founded and was VP of the Jeff Davis Post 18 American Legion Riders dedicated to riding motorcycles and providing financial assistance for programs including needy Vets, the MD Food Bank and Back Packs for Kids.
Larry was preceded in death by his former wife of 41 years, Linda Jacob Lorditch; and his older sister, Nancy L. Leonard. He is survived by his current wife Carol Johnson Lorditch, Centreville, MD; his beloved Shih Tzu, Miss Daisy; his older sister, Ruth Ann Frazier, Hyattsville, MD; and a niece, Leigh Ann Barlow and family, Hyattsville.
A Celebration of Larry Lorditch’s life will be held at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Centreville, MD, on Friday, May 12, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a special time of commemoration at 4 p.m.
Should a donation be preferable to flowers, please direct your gifts to Compass Regional Hospice, 160 Coursevall Dr., Centreville, MD 21617.
For online condolences, please visit www.fhnfuneral home.com.