Leo Lawrence (Larry) Lorditch

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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.

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