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Former county administrator and La Plata Town Council member Thomas Fritz will be buried Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery.

Fritz died of complications from a long battle with leukemia and lymphoma Sept. 15. He was 73.

Burial will be at 1 p.m. at the cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Fritz, who was born in Illinois in 1939, resided in the Kings Grant neighborhood in La Plata prior to moving to Florida before his death.

La Plata Mayor Roy Hale said Fritz served as the Ward II councilman for two terms alongside him.

“He was very good to work with,” Hale said. “He was excellent to know and very dedicated to making La Plata a better place to live. He was very active in the development of our parks, and secured the grant for the pavilion at Tilghman Lake Park. He was a very effective council member for the time that he was on. It was good to work with him.”

Former Charles County commissioners’ president and former state delegate Murray D. Levy reflected similarly on Fritz’s work ethic and personality.

“I don’t think you could find a nicer human,” Levy said. “He was a gifted person, a delight to work with. He worked well and got along with all the employees, and that’s a talent. He was just a good person. I recall that he was a good county administrator. He got the job done.”

Another former commissioners’ president, Sen. Thomas “Mac” Middleton (D-Charles), similarly admired Fritz.

“I had the good fortune to work with him when he was county administrator, and he was one of the nicest people I ever met in my life,” Middleton said. “He loved public service and working for the county. He was very well-respected by the people who worked with him. I was also impressed by what a devoted family man and husband he was.”

Arrangements are being handled by Raymond Funeral Service.

lrenner@somdnews.com