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Visitation to be held Monday followed by life celebration service Feb. 25

By AMANDA SCOTT

Staff writer

Sixty-year Solomons resident and civic leader, Alton Kersey died last week at his home.

Kersey, 83, died Feb. 20 due to complications of multiple myeloma, according to an obituary.

“Alton has truly been an inspiration to so many things that we all enjoy here in Solomons,” a Solomons Civic Association press release states.

Kersey grew up in Colonial Heights, Va., and graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1953, where he met his wife of 59 years, Joann Lore. After their wedding, Kersey served in the U.S. Army and later moved to Solomons, where he would become known as the “honorary mayor.”

In 1962, he became the manager of the JC Lore and Sons Oyster House, which he continued to operate until 1978.

He was a founding member of the Calvert Marine Museum, served on the Calvert County Planning Commission, was past president and member of the board of directors of the Solomons Civic Association. Kersey also was involved with many other community organizations, including the Solomons Island Yacht Club, Lions Club, the Calvert County Democratic Central Committee, the Calvert Memorial Hospital Board and the board of the Maryland National Bank.

In October, the SCA, the marine museum, neighbors, family and friends honored Kersey by dedicating one of his favorite places in Solomons in his name: the Waterman’s Memorial Garden. Kersey was instrumental in planning and obtaining funds for the memorial, which was completed in 1993. He organized local residents to create and help maintain flower beds along the street in front of the memorial. He oversaw the gardens of the memorial himself, the SCA press release states, and could often “be seen mulching, planting and pruning the gardens around the Memorial he so loved.”

He was preceded in death by his son Joseph Lore Kersey. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joann; his two daughters Clare Chisholm and her husband Tim, Melissa McCormick and her husband Mike; daughter-in-law Shirley Kersey; and grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at Rausch Funeral Home at 20 American Lane in Lusby. A life celebration service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Middleham Chapel at 10200 H.G. Trueman Road in Lusby. Interment will be private. A reception will be held at Solomons Island Yacht Club at 14604 H.G. Trueman Road in Solomons, following the celebration of life service Tuesday.

ascott@somdnews.com