Ocean City Today

Alfred Roderick LaVie, Jr.

Sep 07, 2017
Alfred Roderick LaVie, Jr.


printed 09/08/2018



Alfred Roderick LaVie, Jr., age 91, died on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 at his home in Bishopville, Maryland.

Born in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Alfred Sr. and Emily LaVie.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Wyla Jean LaVie, and their children, Alfred LaVie, III, Sharon Nelson, Kimberly Roberts and Karen Luciano. There are five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

Mr. LaVie graduated from Plymouth High School and from the University of Scranton. He also graduated from the School of Radio and Television Broadcasting in New York City, from which he launched his broadcasting career. He spent 17 years with Mutual Broadcasting System in Washington, D.C. where he was director of Network News Operations.

He covered many historic events including John Glenn’s orbital space flight, John F. Kennedy’s funeral procession, the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and of Martin Luther King Jr., presidential inaugurations and parades for heroes.

Al loved the coast and in 1978, he and his family moved to Bishopville, Maryland where he joined radio station 100 KHI in Ocean City. He also wrote editorials for Oceana Magazine and feature articles for the Breeze. He was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman. He loved animals and always had pets, including dogs, cats, horses, a rabbit and a ferret.

Mr. LaVie served in the United States Army during WWII, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Elks, the Eagles, and the American Legion Post #166. He was also a member of St. Mary’s by-the-Sea, where he was a lector and Eucharistic minister.

A mass of Christian memorial will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Holy Savior Catholic Church in Ocean City. Rev. Stanislao Esposito will officiate. A donation in his memory may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, 108 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, Delaware 19947.

Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com.

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