DANSVILLE — On Friday, November 24, 2017, Lawrence G. Rowe, Jr. passed away at his home in Glenelg, MD. He was born in Dansville on September 21, 1944 to Lawrence G. Rowe and Dorothy Lemen Rowe, both of whom predeceased him.
A Catholic Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for him at 11 am on December 9 in the Chapel of Church of the Resurrection, 3165 Paulskirk Drive, in Ellicott City. Family will receive friends at the Chapel beginning at 10 am that day. Interment will be in Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Marriottsville, at a later date.
After graduating from Dansville High School, Larry attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he met his future wife and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He and Barbara moved to Maryland in 1967, and Larry went on to earn an MBA in Finance from The American University in Washington, DC. He proudly served his country as a dedicated employee of the National Security Agency for more than 38 years, fulfilling assignments overseas and at Ft. George G. Meade before his retirement in 2005. As an early resident of the new town of Columbia where he lived for 27 years, he served as a volunteer firefighter before the community firehouse was staffed with full-time employees. He appeared in numerous community events as Smokey Bear, always accompanied by his pet Dalmatian dog. After his retirement he enjoyed time with his family and friends, became an avid reader of non-fiction, traveled internationally, and pursued his passion for road tripping throughout the United States, always mingling with the locals, tasting regional specialties, soaking in the beauty of the landscape, and experiencing spontaneous sight-seeing.
Larry is survived by Barbara H Rowe, his wife of 51 years, and their three children, Gregory (Coral) of Clarksville, MD; Sharon Thomas (John) of Frederick, MD; and Geoffrey (Annie) of Silver Spring, MD; three grandchildren, Christopher, Victoria, and Erik; two sisters, Julie Dougherty (David) of Williamsville, NY, and Priscilla Howe (Laurence) of Dansville, NY; a brother-in-law William Zaffarano of Richfield Springs, NY; a sister-in-law, Mary Jo Higler of Kokomo IN; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews, including 3 grand nieces and two grand nephews.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations to Maryland Food Bank, P.O. Box 17379, Baltimore, MD 21297; Howard Hospital Foundation, 10760 Hickory Ridge Rd., 3rd Floor, Columbia, MD 21044; or Vincent House, Inc. P.O. Box 566, Wayland, NY 14572.