BERLIN — Arthur Dorsey LaPole, 85, of West Ocean City passed
away Sunday, July 8, 2012, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. Born in
Catonsville, Md., he was the son of Charles LaPole and Irene Burall. He was
preceeded in death by his wife and lifelong partner, Esther. Mr. LaPole was a
hardworking, simple and honest man and will be remembered by many with
endearing nicknames, including Reds, Art, Mr. Dorsey, Dorse and Pike. His
satisfaction and contentment came from within, often with small anonymous and
Arthur is survived by his three children and their families,
JoAnn and Herb Butler, Arthur Jr. and Mark; his five grandchildren, Bradley,
Todd, Amanda, Trae and Candace; and four great-grandchildren, Lily, Luke, Kyle
and Zoe. He is also survived by his brothers, Charles and Thomas.
Mr. LaPole served in WWII aboard the aircraft
carrier USS Franklin. “Art” was never one to complain about surviving the
violent attack and near sinking of his ship, but clearly his approach to work,
family and life were forever altered. During the war and throughout her life,
he supported his single, hardworking mother.
Mr. LaPole married Esther Connor in 1946, and then began his
family and his long career in machinery design, production and servicing. He
held positions at the Poole Foundry, Elicott Machine Company, and in the U.S.
federal government. His passions included boating, fishing, woodworking and
teaching for the U.S. Coast Guard.
The family is appreciative to all the wonderful friends,
neighbors and to Coastal Hospice for making this transition peaceful and
beautiful. A memorial service for Arthur and Esther is being planned for late
summer at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock. Arrangements are
being handled by the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.