“In Remembrance,” Local Obituaries


Thomas Joseph Carbine
June 18, 1937 – February 21, 2023
Thomas Joseph Carbine, 85, of Hurlock, MD, passed away on February 21, 2023.
Thomas was born in Ridgely Park, PA, on June 18, 1937, the son of Francis Carbine and Hazel Carbine (Burke).
In 1955, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served a four year term as a" tin cup" sailor on the USS Vogelgesang. His position was that of a radioman. He earned the medal of good conduct, recognized by the United States Navy. Later in life, Tom worked as a pipefitter for General Motors Corporation. He went on to serve at General Motors as a counselor for their Employee Assistance Program.
Tom led a very caring life and enjoyed spending time with wife and soulmate, Theresa, either traveling or just sitting on their porch watching the birds and squirrels at their home. Theresa and Tom mutually nurtured each other in a loving relationship. Tom enjoyed his relationships with friends and family telling and sharing his stories about his service in the Navy and his life.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa Carbine; brother, Monsignor Francis Carbine; three children, Tomas Carbine, Donna Grzyb (Mark), Sandra Gillis (Palmer); five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was also cherished by Theresa’s children, Sharon Britton (George) and Donna Ponik (Bob), and their children Stephanie & Jennifer.

E. Jayne Wesley
June 2, 1934 – February 21, 2023
Beloved daughter, sister, aunt, and teacher, E. Jayne Wesley passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 21, at Hospice House in Easton, MD, surrounded by her loving caregivers. Born on June 2, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Wilson D. and Elizabeth B. Wesley.
As a young girl, Jayne was quite the daredevil on her bike, doing all kinds of acrobatics, and riding for miles over hill and dale. She began driving when she was seven years old, sitting on Grandpa Ike’s lap and steering his laundry truck as they made deliveries. Anyone who knew her knew of her love of good cars and her love of driving. She made it up and down those mountain roads around Meyersdale and Cumberland in the worst snowstorms.
After graduating from Meyersdale High School, she was employed at G. C. Murphy in Meyersdale, PA, working her way up to become assistant manager of the store. However, she had a yearning to become a teacher, so in her twenties, she returned to school and earned both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Education at Frostburg University. She had further studies at both Penn State and Loyola College, focusing on Special Education. She had a gift for seeing the potential in her students and could help them to succeed in ways others did not think possible. She ended her career as Supervisor of Special Education in Allegany County, MD, a position she loved because she could reach even more students and help teachers become more effective in reaching this special group of young people. As Supervisor, she traveled all over the state for meetings and projects.
Jayne enjoyed helping others through her churches and sororities. She attended Meyersdale United Methodist as a young girl, and then Cresaptown UMC when her family moved to Cumberland, MD. Later moving to Easton, MD, she attended Trappe UMC. She taught many Sunday School classes, worked on projects with the United Methodist Women, was Administrative Council Chairman, and Chairman of the Pastor Parrish Relations Committee. In high school, she joined a special group of friends to form the Omega Pi Delta sorority, and the “sisters” have remained close friends till this day. They all remember her for her keen sense of humor and her kindness. Jayne also was invited to join Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary teachers sorority. She belonged to two chapters in Maryland, Phi in Cumberland, and Xi in Easton, serving in many positions, including President of both chapters. She was also active on the state level and enjoyed conventions and conferences where she renewed old friendships.
Family meant everything to Jayne. She was big sister and other mother to Cathy, and loving aunt to Cathy’s daughters, Elizabeth Jayne and Sarah Nancy who affectionately called her JaJa. She took loving care of her mother from 1990 until 2010 after they moved to Easton. Some of her greatest joys came with times spent with Elizabeth’s children, Albert and Laura. What great fun we all had together over the years!
Jayne is survived by her sister, Cathy, and brother-in-law John Sewell; her nieces and nephew-in-law, Elizabeth and Ken Myers, and Sarah Sewell; her great nephew and niece, Albert and Laura Myers; and several cousins and great cousins.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the entire staff and volunteers at Hospice House, especially, Melissa and Colby, for the excellent and loving care they provided, and to the caregivers from Home Instead, especially Jeannie, who visited and read good books to her.

Bonnie Adams Guerin
October 2, 1930 – February 23, 2023
On February 23, 2023, Bonnie Adams Guerin made her final journey to heaven, where she most assuredly is happily dancing with many of her lost family and friends.
Bonnie was born on October 2, 1930, in Ellicott City, MD, to parents Luther Albert Adams and Evelyn Mentzer Adams.
Bonnie flourished in her chosen profession of bookkeeping and accounting in the banking industry while also serving as an executive secretary to a diverse list of professionals, including a financial planner, a physician, and a major private investor. She was consistently recognized as being a self-starter, with a poised, positive attitude and strong organizational, analytic, and problem-solving abilities.
Though she enjoyed a great many physical activities like playing tennis, walking, and gardening, Bonnie’s true love was dancing. Born in 1930s, she grew up loving the sounds of the big bands of the 40’s, especially the swing tunes of Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Benny Goodman. An immensely talented dancer, there was not a day that went by where her foot did not tap and move to music. Family and friends say that Bonnie was always prepared to jitterbug at a moment’s notice.
Ever a high-achiever, Bonnie began a life-long love of ballroom dancing, competing in national competitions. She and her dance partner and treasured friend, Vernon M. Smith, traveled across the U.S. and even internationally where they won many competitions. The couple often traveled to Blackpool, a town by the Irish Sea, north of Liverpool, England.
Using her exceptional office and accounting background, she became a leader for the US Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association, boasting 15,000 members at that time. Her duties included serving as the national representative of the organization governed by its national officers, often traveling to various meetings around the country; guiding and advising local chapters; and starting local chapters.
Bonnie relished traveling and was always happy to regale you with stories from one of her fondest trips with her brother and friends to South Africa. Her exciting tales of their safari and seeing so many animals brought her and her listeners many happy moments.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents and the love of her life, Dr. Vernon M. Smith.
She is survived by her brother, Ronald Adams, and nephews, Craig and Mark Adams and their families.

Katharine “Kit” M. Foster
July 8, 1948 – February 24, 2023
Katharine “Kit” McCausland Foster passed away on February 24, 2023, at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. She was 74 years old.
Kit was born in Baltimore, MD, on July 4, 1948, the daughter of the late Dr. Charles P. and Helen Zimmerman McCausland, Jr. At an early age the family moved to “Melinda,” an historic home in Maryland’s Worthington Valley. Growing up there as the daughter of two keen collectors and gardeners developed Kit’s deep passion for historical preservation, gardening, and antiques.
Kit graduated from Garrison Forest School in 1966 and attended Green Mountain College before graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1970. On May 26, 1976, she married her husband, John Foster, whom she’d known since high school. The newlywed couple spent an adventurous first two years of their marriage living aboard the boat Pandemonium III on the Eastern Shore until the entire Chesapeake Bay froze in the winter of 1978 and the couple relocated to Queenstown, MD.
During the early 1980s, Kit worked in Annapolis managing Beneteau Yacht’s first operation in the United States then moved to a position at Anne Wallis-White Yacht Charters. Although Kit left the workforce in 1986 with the arrival of the couple’s son Ned, she remained a fixture at junior regattas where she’d tote Ned and the family’s Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Barkley, around with her in her station wagon.
Kit was very involved with the Queen Anne’s County Mental Health Committee and served as president of its board for several years while also committing time to the Corsica River Yacht Club. Kit was a major supporter of Queen Anne’s County Master Gardeners and was a master gardener herself. She was involved with numerous native, sustainable garden projects, and put her knowledge to work at her own homes, first in Queenstown and again when she and her husband moved to a farm in Church Hill where they undertook significant interior and exterior renovations. She enjoyed gardening and traveling, and especially loved traveling to the United Kingdom to explore the gardens and houses of the English countryside.
In addition to her husband of almost 50 years, she is survived by her son, John W.S. “Ned” Foster, IV, and his wife Katie, of Queenstown, MD; brothers, Ross McCausland of Glyndon, MD, and Dr. Charles McCausland III, of Hunt Valley, MD; her faithful canine companion, Georgie; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews, the latter of whom she was committed to sharing the joys of reading with and marked celebrations in their lives with special deliveries of books. She was preceded in death by her sister, Helen “Candy” Byrnes.

Shannon Jennifer Wilds
November 7, 1970 – February 24, 2023
Shannon J. Wilds passed away unexpectedly on February 25, 2023, at the age of 52.
Shannon was born in Wilmington, DE, on November 7, 1970, the daughter of Harry and Constance Wilds. She grew up in Newark, DE, and attended Caravel Academy in Bear, DE. She played softball, volleyball, and was an editor of the Caravel Academy newspaper. She played in the Little League Softball World Series in Kalamazoo, MI, before graduating with the Class of 1988.
She went on to have and raise her four children, tirelessly supporting them with multiple jobs and careers including healthcare services, restaurant management, and bartending across Delaware. She made so many friends throughout her life that she couldn't go anywhere without recognizing someone she knew.
She also had great passion for animals and music that she passed on to her children. She loved animals so much that she took in various strays and injured wild animals over the years (once even picking up a wild raccoon with her jacket to take to a wildlife rehabilitation center). Her greatest joy later in life was spoiling her grandchildren. She will be remembered as a kind, funny, and sweet daughter, mother, grandmother, and friend.
She was preceded in death by her father, Harry Wilds; brother, Robert “Bobby” Wilds; and her closest friend, Lisa Caruso-Abrams.
She is survived by her mother, Constance “Connie” Wilds; her children, Marc A. Wilds (wife Sarah), Brandon Wilds, Dakota "Cody" Wilds, and Alexis Wilds; and her grandchildren, Dean, Benjamin, and Adalyn.

Leif Fontaine Gulbrandsen
May 17, 1945 – Feburary 26, 2023
Leif Fontaine Gulbrandsen died on February 26, 2023, at his home in Chestertown, MD. Born on May 17, 1945, in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late Dr. Oskar and Elizabeth Fontaine Gulbrandsen.
The Gulbrandsens moved to Chestertown in 1951. Leif graduated from Chestertown High School before matriculating to the University of Virginia where he earned his B.A. and M.S. in environmental science. He joined the United States Air Force in 1966, serving in Wiesbaden, Germany. His studies took him to Wales for two years before Leif returned to Chestertown with his family in 1978, where he managed the Chesapeake Bay Hydraulic Model before joining Lamotte Company for a 25-year career in information technology.
A lacrosse player throughout his school years, Leif coached the sport for Lane High School and Kent Youth League. He enjoyed playing the guitar, mandolin, and banjo, teaching those instruments after his retirement. Leif was an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with friends and family.
Leif is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marguerite; his sister Susan G. Baldwin; sons, Quinten (Tracy) and Erik Gulbrandsen; daughter, Kirsten Chandler (Chris); grandchildren, Brittany Norden (Colby) and Alex, Kaiya and Eli Chandler; and nephew, Charles Athey (Monica).

John Timothy Harris
January 15, 1947 – February 26, 2023
John Timothy Harris, 76, of Grasonville, MD, passed away on February 26, 2023.
John was born in Albany, NY, on January 15, 1947, the son of Timothy Harris & Mary Harris (Kehl). He was preceded in death by his parents.
John attended Andover High School followed by Anne Arundel Community College. His involvement in student government was the beginning of a life-long interest in politics.
He worked for many years as a distributor for the Baltimore Sun and developed numerous relationships with customers throughout the Annapolis area. Long before Uber, John drove customers to airports, train stations, as well as well as driving people across the Bay Bridge.
John enjoyed boating and playing golf with his friends, but he most liked to travel anyplace warm, especially the Caribbean. He was an avid Maryland, Ravens and Orioles fan, but the highlight of his adult life was caring for his infant daughter, Mary.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Beth Harris; daughter, Mary Elizabeth; his sisters, Susie Wenrich (Mike), Pauline Pedersen (Chris); brothers, Larry Harris (Joan), and Mark Harris (Rhonda); as well as many nieces and nephews.
He struggled the last few years with multiple health problems, but now we know he is at peace.

Phyllis Harrison Sadler
September 25, 1927 – February 27, 2023
Phyllis H. Sadler of Tilghman Island died on February 27, 2023, at Talbot Hospice. She was 95.
Born on September 25, 1927, in Easton, MD, to the late Roy R. Harrison and Hazel Jackson Harrison Dudrow, Phyllis attended St. Michaels High School, graduating in the Class of 1944. On September 1, 1946, she married the late Leroy Dawson Sadler to whom she was married for 63 years before his death in 2010, and made their home in Tilghman.
As a teenager, she started working at the Tilghman Packing Company, where she worked until 1964 when she began working at the Tilghman Post Office, becoming Post Master before her retirement in 1989.
Mrs. Sadler was a member of the NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees) and NAPUS (National Association of Postmasters of the United States). She enjoyed doing needlework and cross stitching and was very active in the Tilghman United Methodist Church Choir.
Along with her parents, Phyllis is predeceased by her husband, Leroy Dawson Sadler; her brother, Roy R. Harrison; and two grandsons, Philip and Nicholas.
She is survived by her two sons, Kenneth L. Sadler and his wife, Janet, of Easton, and Roy K. Sadler and his wife, Colleen, of Tilghman; grandchildren, Mindy Sadler, Daniel, Kenneth, and Greg Coppage; along with her step-grandchildren, Elijah, Ian, Nicholas, Dalton, and Riley Coppage. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Tahlia and Nester Pabon; and a sister-in-law, Lorraine Harrison.

Donald Joseph Nash
May 8, 1953 – February 27, 2023
On Tuesday February 27, 2023, Donald Joseph Nash, 69, of Centerville, MD, passed away at his home. Born May 8, 1953, he was son of Rose M. Hamilton and the late Robert E. Nash.
After serving in the United States Coast Guard, Don applied his skills and pursued a life-long career as a Diesel Mechanic, eventually teaching and guiding others the trade. Don loved working on the Big Rigs, Peterbilt's, and Kenworth's.
If not working, you would find him spending time with family and friends fishing, crabbing, and grilling his famous chicken wings! Simply just having a good time while making others happy!
Donald is preceded in death by his father, Robert Nash, and brother, Bobby Nash.
He is survived by his wife, Teresa Nash; sister, Patricia Jones; brother, Thomas Nash; children, Anthony Nash, Charity Nash Griffin, Julia Nash Harris, Travis Nash, Aaron Nash, Jackie Youngpeter Nash, Amanda Jacobs, Amy Perez Virts, Selman Virts, Jr., and Dominick Virts; and grandchildren, Tyler, Lydia, Veronica, Isabelle, Sophie, Collin, Bradley, Ryan, Sean, Kendall, Reese, Brody, Jonathan, Victor and Ania.

Helen Pollock Groom
November 26, 1923 – February 28, 2023
Helen Pollock Groom passed away on February 28, 2023, at Heron Point in Chestertown, MD, at the age of 99.
Mrs. Groom, daughter of Ivan Lester and Ethel Gould Pollock, was born on November 26, 1923, in Iowa City, IA, where she grew up. She graduated Phi Betta Kappa from the University of Iowa in 1944, with a Bachelor’s degree in political science.
That same year, she married Robert H. Groom, who served in the Army Signal Corps during WWII. They met at a church social while he attended Specialized Training at the University of Iowa prior to deployment in the Pacific. After the war, the couple moved to Philadelphia, Robert’s hometown, where he began his career with the Bell System and subsequently AT&T. They spent 30 years living in Ridgewood, NJ, before retiring to Churn Creek in Worton, MD. They had spent vacations traveling through the Eastern Shore, visiting old churches, and fell in love with the parish of St. Paul’s, Kent. After Robert’s death in 2004, Helen moved to Heron Point, which has been her home ever since.
During her time in Kent County, Helen volunteered at both Magnolia Hall and the Geddes-Piper House. She was an active member of PEO and St. Paul’s, Kent Episcopal Church. She was an avid reader and loved gardening and birding.
She is survived by her daughters, Emily Groom Goyette and Anne Groom; two grandchildren, Alison and Ian Goyette; and one great-grandchild, Margo Goyette, who all live in Vermont.

Dr. Clifton Forrest “Clif” West Jr.
September 19, 1923 – February 28, 2023
Dr. Clifton Forrest “Clif” West, Jr., of Chestertown, MD, passed away on February 28, 2023, peacefully in his sleep. He was 99 years old.
Dr. West was born in Kinston, NC, on September 19, 1923, the son of the late Dr. Clifton Forrest and Susan Perry West. His sister, Lillian West Parrott, and brother, Robert “Bobby” Perry West predeceased him.
He graduated from Woodberry Forrest and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his medical training at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. In 1946, he married the love of his life, the late Joan Darby. He was a devoted and loving husband for 73 years. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and served as a surgeon in a M.A.S.H. unit during the Korean War and served a year in Japan. He enjoyed sharing his stories with family and friends.
Dr. West spent his medical career at Lankenau Hospital as a general surgeon before his retirement in 1984. He enjoyed his patients and teaching surgical residents from the Jefferson Medical College. He kept in shape by never taking an elevator in the hospital, always the stairs. He and his wife spent their retirement traveling around the world on many adventures with family and friends. They loved their farm in Quaker Neck, where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, swimming, and playing golf. Dr. West had a particular love for gardening orchids, amaryllis, camellias, growing azaleas from cuttings and building and planting troughs for his alpine plants. For many years, he and his friend, John Ray, entered them in the Philadelphia Flower Show and always returned with a pile of ribbons.
He was an active and devoted member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Chestertown, Brotherhood of St. Andrews, Chester River Yacht and Country Club, the ROMEO’s (Retired Old Men Eating Out), a life member of the Maritime Museum, and the North American Rock Garden Society. He served on the Kent and Queen Anne’s Hospital Board for nine years and was Board Chairman for two years. He also served on the Board of the United Way. The Committee of the Chestertown Memorial Day Parade selected Dr. West to be Grand Marshal of the 2023 Parade and will honor him posthumously during this year’s parade.
He is survived by his children, Betsy Dripps (Craig), Forrest West (Patricia), Carolyn Pace (Kevin), Doug West (Sue); twelve grandchildren; and twenty-three great-grandchildren.

Clarence McKensey Marshall
June 7, 1925 – February 28, 2023
Clarence McKensey Marshall (Big Tooth) of Wittman, MD, died at the age of 96 at Homestead Manor, Denton, MD, on February 28, 2023.
Born on June 7, 1926, he was the son of Herman McKensey Marshall and Grace Virginia Haddaway Marshall. His middle name McKensey went back six generations, to the 1800's.
Mr. Marshall spent his life as a waterman and in the seafood business. He was the second in the state to start clamming and was known for perfecting the soft shell clam rig from the Hank's patent. Mr. Marshall was a member of the Talbot Co. Watermen's Association and a supporter of the Tilghman Watermen's Museum.
When not on the water, Clarence could be found carving and painting birds and waterfowl. He also enjoyed making replica watermen's boats. He enjoyed hunting, boating, and traveling with his wife, Betty, and good friends.
Mr. Marshall is survived by his son, Ted (Deborah) of Harmony; grandson, Aaron (Sheila) of Barclay, MD; great-grandchildren, Joshua (Michelle) of Greensboro, MD, Hannah of Harrington, MD; and two great-great-grandsons, Wade and Cole of Greensboro. He was predeceased by his wife of 72 years, Betty Mae Jones Marshall; his brothers, Robert, Julian, and Luther Marshall; and sister, Frances M. Haddaway.

Lycurgus “Lock” Romaine Henry
April 4, 1942 – February 28, 2023
Lycurgus “Lock” Romaine Henry went to be with the Lord on February 28, 2023, at the age of 80.
He was born in Chestertown, MD, on April 4, 1942, to the late Herman and Henrietta Henry. Born and raised in Chestertown, he graduated as Salutatorian of the Garnett High School (now Henry Highland Garnet Elementary School) Class of 1960. He then attended Bowie State University before joining the United States Army. After serving in the Philippines and the Vietnam War, Lock was later honorably discharged at the rank of E5, SGT. On September 7, 1974, he married his wife of 48 years, Anna Mae, and later started a family.
After his service in the army, he worked in manufacturing for Commodore, Lee’s Suitcases, and then for Con Agra. He was a masterful green thumb who took much pride in his yard, always making sure that people who drove by would see the beauty of his hard work. He was also a wonderful writer, and would often document pages of summaries of local news, family events, and trips. One notable article that he wrote was from the 1960’s, when he was a Freedom Riders Civil Rights Activist. During that era, he marched with the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for the March on Washington, and he participated in local lunch counter sit-ins. He wrote a letter to the editor of the local Kent County news expressing his concern for the continued racism that was taking place not only across the nation but right here on the Eastern Shore. He also worked locally as a caterer and bartender, and he was a current and active member of Asbury United Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Martha Henry and Doris Robinson, and brother Herman Henry, Jr. He leaves to cherish fond memories his wife, Anna Mae Henry.
He is survived by his children, Tyrell Henry, Tera Henry, Yvette Stevenson (Ron) and Thomas Brown, Jr.; his brother, Monroe Henry (Vanessa); his grandchildren, Shanna, Kyle, Tyler, Romie, and Cameron; great-grandchild, Tre; a special family relative, Verna Clarkston; devoted friends, Alvin Blake, Herbert Briscoe, and Wendell Hutchins; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Joyce Perkins Snow
October 2, 1932 – March 2, 2023
Joyce Perkins Snow was born on October 2, 1932, in Jasper, FL, to the late James Perkins and Ollie Mae Caldwell Perkins. She attended Jasper High School and graduated Class of 1950. After graduation, she moved to Maryland and was employed with the Social Security Administration.
In 1952, she married Ronald Snow, and they resided in Sykesville, MD. Mrs. Snow stopped working in 1956 to be home and care for her children. The family moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1958 and resided in Chester. Mrs. Snow was Deputy Town Clerk in Centreville, MD, from 1968 to 1970. In 1985, she began her career with the State of Maryland, first working as a toll collector on the Bay Bridge, then for the Income Tax Division and finally for the Comptroller's Office where she retired from in 2000 as an auditor.
Mrs. Snow is a long-time member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Stevensville, MD. She volunteered at Christ Church and Estate Treasures until she was unable. She enjoyed traveling (Hawaii and Alaska being her favorites), line dancing, playing cards, sewing, swimming, and fishing on the Chesapeake Bay, and spending time with family.
Mrs. Snow is survived by her four children, daughter, Linda Williams and husband Tom; three sons, Michael Snow and wife Brenda, Gerald Snow and wife Donna and Christopher Snow and fiancé Mei-Ling Chen; six grandchildren, Jennifer Thommen and husband Steven, Joey Snow, Justin Williams, Erin Williams Traum and husband Michael, Matthew Snow and wife Brittany and Jarod Snow; and one great-grandchild, Julien Thommen.
In addition to her husband of 35 years, Ronald Snow, she was predeceased by her siblings, Marcile Powers, Anna Ruth Terry, Dorothy Johnson, Raymond Perkins, Mary Powers, Bruce Perkins and Gwendolyn Perkins.

Jewel Wayne Clark
December 5, 1920 – March 2, 2023
Jewel Wayne "PopPop" Clark, Chief Petty Officer, WWII Navy Veteran, and resident of Centreville, MD, passed away on March 2, 2023. Wayne or "PopPop" as he was known to his friends and family was born on December 5, 1918 or 1920 (depending on whom you ask) to Lloyd W. and Mineola (Fallis) Clark in Alicia, AR. He attended school in Alicia before going into the 3 C's (Civilian Conservation Corp) 1937, prior to enlisting in the Navy in 1939.
The first ship he was assigned to was the USS Broome. He then was assigned to the USS Hilary Herbert DD 160. The USS Herbert received 7 battle stars during the war. Wayne's Navy career was extensive and had assignments in numerous countries. He met his beloved Margaret (Onufer) Clark while he was in port at New York. He would see her every time he came into port, writing from the ship to keep in touch. They were married in New York City on July 10, 1943. He then shipped out on the USS Hilary Herbert DD 160 (APD-22). It was hard being away from his wife as per the hundreds of love letters they wrote back and forth to each other. In June of 1944, while at sea, he became a dad to his son Robert W. Clark. In 1964, he and his wife decided to enlarge their little family and their daughter Barbara Jean was born.
Wayne spent 22 years in the Navy. He lived in Cairo, Baghdad, Beirut (where his family was evacuated to Rome (attached to the attaché), South Africa, Japan, Germany, and so many more. He also was part of the VF 124 GUNFIGHTERS out of Miramar, CA, which was the U.S Pacific Fleet Master Jet Base for Fighter Aircraft. Chief Clark also was awarded the Commendation Medal by the Navy Secretary for "outstanding performance of duty" for his role in a humanitarian rescue mission of 285 missionaries, doctors, and nurses from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He also received a letter of commendation for his part in the Naval Airship Squad ZP-1. He achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer, and not long ago we discovered that he may have been the oldest living CPO from WWII. He also received the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (6th award). He then started working for NSA at Ft. Meade, MD. When asked what he did at NSA, he would reply he was the Chief girl watcher there or the janitor. But we have since found this to not be true or maybe he was a watcher of some kind, we shall never know as he never talked about his time at NSA. He retired after 20 years from NSA in 1982. He received an award for 40+ years of Federal Government Service.
In addition to his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 69 years, Margaret; their son, Robert Clark; and three siblings, Lonnie Maston Clark, Mona Roush, and Daisy Wells.
He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Burkhardt and her husband Robert of Centreville; grandsons, Patrick Rockwell, II, and wife Breah, Robert Burkhardt, Jr., and Hannah Schauber; great-granddaughter, Isla Rockwell (who was his greatest joy). He and Isla had a special bond as they were almost 100 years apart in age. He is also survived by his four brothers, Lloyd W. Clark, Jr., (Barbara), Julian B. Clark (Angela), Jim Clark (Carolyn), and Ronnie Clark (Charlene).
Wayne celebrated his 100th birthday at his daughters home in Centreville in 2020. The Naval Academy sent a uniformed delegation of Navy Chief Petty Officers to sing him happy birthday. The town and many others sent him cards from all over the world. A local class of students sent him cards, he was very impressed with them. The Jeff Davis Post 18, Legion Riders also participated, presented him with a banner, plaque, and a 21 motorcycle salute. Senator Steve Hershey and Delegate Steve Arentz presented Wayne with a Governor's Citation. In February of 2020, Senator Steve Hershey invited Wayne to the Maryland Senate Floor to honor him for his service in WWII with a formal citation and a proclamation by the Senator's office. It was a great honor, and he appreciated it.

Mark Augustine Dillon
June 3, 1963 – March 2, 2023
Mark A. Dillon passed away peacefully at his home on March 2, 2023, in Stevensville, MD, surrounded by family members. Born June 3, 1963, Mark was predeceased by his parents, Bernard Vincent and Jane Carroll Dillon. The youngest of nine children, Mark is survived by his siblings, Timothy (Marie), Thomas (Susan), Carroll (John Dethrow), Dori, Theresa (George Koper), Barbara (Ed Bryant), Sheila and Mathew.
Mark was developmentally challenged by Down’s Syndrome. However, because of love, affection and support of his entire family and the communities in which he lived and worked, Mark thrived during his entire life. He rewarded everyone with whom he interacted with the innocence of genuine love often associated with Down’s individuals.
Mark attended special education classes in his younger years and ultimately graduated from Central Special Education Center when he was 21. Following school, Mark was gainfully employed for over 40 years, including many years as a dishwasher at Hemingway’s, Kent Manor Inn, and most recently in the same capacity at Kentmorr Restaurant for over 10 years.
The story of Mark’s life would not be complete without noting his volunteer work and contributions to the community through his service in both the United Communities Fire Department and the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department. For years, Mark stayed abreast of the responses to all types of emergency calls via his scanner. Over the years, Mark was recognized by the fire departments with numerous awards for his dedication and contributions to their efforts.
An avid sports fan, Mark was a life-long supporter of the Baltimore Orioles and Dallas Cowboys. His loyalty and enthusiasm were rewarded with mementos from friends and family over the years, resulting in an amazing collection of clothing and memorabilia.
Mark was extremely proud of his lifetime memberships in the local American Legion, VFW and Elks Lodge.

Gary Alfred Simpler
November 17, 1943 – March 2, 2023
Gary A. Simpler of Millington, MD, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on March 2, 2023. He was 79 years old.
He was born November 17, 1943, in Chestertown, MD, the son of the late William Arthur Simpler and Edna Dickerson Simpler. Gary was a 1962 graduate of Sudlersville High School. As a teen, he worked on his family farm and milked cows for other local farmers. After high school, he worked in construction in Maryland and Delaware as a heavy equipment operator, he then worked for General Foods for several years. He went on to work for Queen Anne’s County Department of Public Works where he retired from after 32 years.
On January 18, 1964, he married his late wife Barbara Folker Simpler, and the two began their family together. In 1978, he and his family began their commercial chicken operation which they continued for over 20 years and he continued to crop farm. Gary owned and operated B&G Land Management until 2020 where he continued his excavation work.
Gary was an early member of Chester River Joint Venture Hunting Club for over 40 years and a past member Kent County Ruritan Club. He was passionate about hunting and antique tractors, and he enjoyed visiting Western Maryland, Vermont, and Maine. He enjoyed welding, antique tractor restoration and pulling, reading western novels/newspapers, but most of all, he enjoyed people. He was a dedicated father and grandfather and enjoyed being a part of their daily lives.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Simpler, and one brother, William “Sonny” Simpler.
He is survived by one son, Gary Keith Simpler and his wife Sue of Las Vegas, NV; daughter, Beverly Clarke of Millington', his six grandchildren, Stephanie Simpler of Portland, OR, Stephen Simpler of Bangor, ME, Ian McKinley of Frederick, MD, and Aubrey, Laurel and Reid Clarke of Millington; his two brothers, David Alan Simpler of Elkton, MD, and Kenneth Ronald Simpler of Millington; as well as many friends who were like family.

Jacob “Jack” Ferdinand Foehrenbach
September 30, 1926 – March 3, 2023
Jacob “Jack” F. Foehrenbach of Chestertown, MD, died on March 3, 2023, at Whispering Pines in Rock Hall. He was 96 years old.
He was born in Islip, NY, on September 30, 1926, to the late Jack and Lydia Foehrenbach. He was a graduate of Hofstra University where he earned a Master’s degree in Chemistry.
Jack served in the U.S. Navy on board the USS Intrepid during World War II and was honorably discharged. He worked with New York State Department of the Environment in Water Conservation and Environmental Studies. He served as an expert witness in courtroom settings, and following his retirement, consulted on the environmental impact of dock building in New York. He retired in 1983 after publishing many articles on water conservation.
He married for the first time, at the age of 65, to Kathleen O’Connor in 1992. Together the couple traveled extensively.
Jack was a beekeeper, avid reader, hunter, and shepherd. He was an active environmentalist and past President of the Audubon Society.
He is survived by his wife and her son, Brady O’Connor and his family.

Gerard Michael Carter
December 10, 1959 – March 4, 2023
Gerard “Jerry” Michael Carter, aged 63, of Kent Island, MD, passed away on March 4, 2023, after a long illness.
Born on December 10, 1959, the son of the late Edward G. and Mary Carter, Jerry grew up in Severna Park, MD, and graduated from Severna Park High School in 1978. Upon graduation, he studied at Anne Arundel Community College. In 1982, he married Devon Johns and moved to Kent Island where he created a well-known and successful construction company on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Jerry was an avid hunter and sportsman, he enjoyed spending time with friends and family, woodworking, and carpentry, watching the Ravens and Orioles play, and learning about history. However, he took the most pride in being a grandpa.
Jerry is survived and missed by his children, Ashley MacLeay (Geoffrey) and Kelly Carter; forever cherished and remembered by his three grandchildren, Madison, Michael, and William; his siblings and their families, Mary Jo (John) Lombardo, Margaret (Rick) Perley, Edward (Valerie) Carter, Eveyln (Jeff) Clarke, Patricia (Jack) Quill, Suzanne Boulay, Joseph (Mary) Carter, and Kathy (Carl) Garrett.
Jerry was predeceased in death by his loving wife of 24 years, Devon; his parents, Edward and Mary Carter; and his brother, Jim Carter.

Henry “Hank” Kucin Jr.
October 3, 1957 – March 5, 2023

Judith Alicia Dashiell
April 21, 1943 – March 6, 2023
Judith A. Dashiell of Sudlersville, MD, passed away on March 6, 2023, in Baltimore, MD.
She was born on April 21, 1943, in Baltimore, MD, to James W. Gracie and Alice E. Ricalo. Judy grew up in the Edmondson Village neighborhood of West Baltimore, where she met the love of her life and future husband, Charles W. “Buck” Dashiell, Sr. In 1961, Judy graduated from Western High School, and she and Buck were married on August 17, 1963. The couple spent their first years of marriage in Baltimore where they started their family. After living in Pasadena for 17 years, she moved with her family to Sudlersville in 1985.
Judy was an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Ingleside. She was a prolific reader, and read a book a week for many years. She loved to crochet and made sure she gave every newborn grandchild a blanket and Christening gown. She loved the beautiful flowers that were grown in her garden. When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, Judy would respond, “I got to be exactly what I wanted, a wife and mother.”
In addition to her parents, Judith is preceded in death by her brother, James W. Gracie, Jr.
She is survived by her husband, Charles William Dashiell, Sr., children, Charles “Bill” Dashiell, Jr. (Angela) of Fishing Creek, MD, Timothy J. Dashiell (Patricia) of Chester MD, Jeffrey M. Dashiell (Valerie) of Pasadena MD, Scott D. Dashiell (Tammy) of Centreville, MD; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her brother, George Gracie.

Gilbert Allen Wicker
August 9, 1937 – March 6, 2023
Gilbert A. Wicker (1937-2023) passed away peacefully at home in Grasonville, MD, on March 6, 2023, at the age of 85.
Gil is survived by his wife, Janet Boldyga Wicker; his two children, David Wicker (Kathy) of Arnold, MD, and Deborah MacArthur of Grasonville, MD; two stepchildren, Randy Boldyga (Claudia) and Karen Seppi (Tim) of Stevensville, MD; grandchildren, Michael Mac Arthur (Chelsea) of NH, Nick Mac Arthur (Aubrey) of Grasonville, Christopher Wicker and Patrick Wicker of CA; step-grandchildren, Zachary Boldyga of Seattle, WA, Nathan Boldyga of Stevensville,MD, and Mandy Landon (Jon) of Grasonville, MD.
After high school, Gil was in the Army for two years before he began his career in the telecommunications sector. Gil worked for C&P (“Ma Bell”) and then with AT&T until they split, and he went on to work with Lucent Technologies. After retirement, Gil worked ten years with Corsica Communications out of Centreville, MD.
During the winter months, Gil enjoyed their home away from home in Florida. Gil and Janet loved to travel and did many trips abroad. Gil was known by many friends and neighbors as an avid recreational crabber. One of his passions was caring for his flower gardens. Gil was on the Board of Chester River Beach for several years and was always available to help with a project.

Donald Charles Tolson Sr.
March 28, 1944 – March 7, 2023
Donald Charles Tolson, Sr., of Grasonville, MD, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. He was 78 years old.
Born on March 28, 1944, in Easton, MD, he was the son of the late William Hubbard (Mater) Tolson and Mary Cecilia Beecher Tolson.
Donald enjoyed tending to his fishpond and spending time with his grandchildren.
Donald is survived by his children, Jennifer Tolson, and DJ Tolson; four grandchildren, Tanner Tolson, Austin Robshaw, Jr., Madison Robshaw, Liam Robshaw; two great-grandchildren Remmy Tolson, Izabella Tolson; and siblings, Alan Tolson (Susie) and Dennis Tolson (Joanne). In addition to his parents, Donald is predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Walls Tolson, and brother, James Tolson.