We Remember Those We Have Lost – September 28, 2018

Michael Heath

OCEAN PINES — H. Michael “Mike” Heath, age 67, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury.

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Michael Heath

Born in Heidelberg, Germany, he was the son of the late Allen W. and Ruth Schneider Heath. He is survived by his wife, Diane C Heath, and children, Ryan Heath and his wife Marilyn of Lovettsville, Va., and Carrie Heath of Philadelphia, Pa. He was an adored grandfather and “Donna” to granddaughters Evyn and Charlotte Heath. Also surviving is his brother, Allen Heath and his wife Margie of BelAir, Md.

Mr. Heath was senior Vice President of Vion Corporation. He and his family settled in Ocean Pines where he quickly became an avid boater and fisherman. He loved the boardwalk and especially enjoyed taking his granddaughters to the arcades. He was also a music fan of the “golden oldies”.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Rev. Michael Moyer officiated. A donation in his memory may be made to: Coastal Hospice at the Ocean, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21804, or the American Cancer Society, 1315 Mt. Hermon Rd., Salisbury, Md. 21804. Letters of condolence may be sent via www.burbagefuneralhome.com


Nathan P. Pearson

BERLIN — Nathan P. Pearson, a former teacher and secondary principal with the Montgomery County School System, died on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018.

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Nathan P. Pearson

He was born in Philipsburg, Pa. Following his high school graduation, he served in the U.S. Army in Germany. He later received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Shippensburg University followed by a Masters Degree at George Washington University. He spent his career with the Montgomery County Public School System in Maryland where he served as a teacher, assistant principal and secondary principal in a number of locations including Montgomery Hills Jr. High and Seneca Valley High School. During his career in education, he served as the president of the Secondary School Principal’s Association; president of the Montgomery County Administrative & Supervisory Personnel Association and president of the Maryland Council of Elementary and Secondary School Principals. He was also active in the Germantown Lions Club where he served as President and Zone Chairman for the Capital District.

Following his retirement, he lived and worked in the Ocean Pines area. He served as an elected member of the Ocean Pines Board of Directors and as a member of the Wor-Wic Community College Advisory Board. He also served on a number of Worcester County Committees and Ocean Pines Community Committees. Nate chaired the 20th Anniversary Committee of Ocean Pines in 1988 and was selected as Citizen of the Year for his service. He served as president of the Ocean Pines Kiwanis Club and also as Lt. Governor for the District. He served as Commander of the American Legion Synepuxent Post 166 and was a Life member of the VFW Post 8296. He was an active member of AARP; the Ocean Pines Boat Club; Ocean City Power Squadron; MD Saltwater Fisherman’s Association; Worcester County Democratic Club; Worcester County Democratic Central Committee; McKenzie Society of North America; and the Worcester County Veterans Memorial where he served as a Charter and Life member of the Foundation and as the designer of the “Patriot’s Path”.

Nate was an active member of St. Paul’s by the Sea where he served as Junior Warden and Vestry member and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Berlin where he served on various committees and was a lay reader and Eucharistic Minister. His hobbies included stamp collecting, gardening, fishing, camping, Civil War history and traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; two daughters, Tacy Pearson of Ocean Pines and Frances Pearson of Germantown, Md; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Berlin on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. Burial will be at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery near Hurlock, Md. following the service. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Worcester County Veterans Memorial at 239 Ocean Parkway Berlin, Md. 21811, or the charity of your choice. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family at www.burbagefuneralhome.com.


Verna Ann Borys

OCEAN CITY — Verna Ann Borys, 92, beloved wife of Robert Borys and mother of daughters, Stephanie Kalina, Janet Conrad, Barbara Borys and Ann Marie Borys, died peacefully on Sept. 23 with her daughters at her bedside.

In addition to her daughters, she is survived by her sister, 12 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Verna and Robert were married in Massachusetts on Nov. 19, 1949. She was predeceased by Robert by four years, after having celebrated 64 years of marriage. They first lived in Massachusetts and then Randallstown and Silver Spring. They retired to Ocean City in 1987.

Verna loved her family and the ocean. She lives on in the hearts of her children for whom she was an anchor. She lived and died with dignity and grace.