Ronald Larry Brasher
Date of Birth:  December 17, 1937
Date of Death:  August 29, 2012
Arrangements:

Visitation
  • Not Applicable  
  • N/A      
  •   
Service
  • Private  
  • N/A      
  •   
Burial
  • Private  
  • N/A      
  •   
Details:
  • Ronald Larry Brasher passed away on August 29, 2012 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center with family by his side. He was born at Mendenhall Hospital in Johnstown, PA on December 17, 1937, and raised in nearby Ferndale, the son of Pauline Hammond Brasher and Chester Wheeler Brasher.  He is survived by his daughters, Amy Brasher Rothermel and Susan Brasher Davis, and grandsons Trey Davis, Jonathan and William Rothermel, all of Ocean City, MD, brother Tom Brasher, of Beaufort, SC, special friend, Ellen Miles and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Phyllis Ann Cooper, his former wife, Kathryn Jones “Kate” Bunting and an infant son, James.
    Larry graduated in 1955 from Ferndale High School, where he played varsity football, basketball, and baseball. He had the distinction of being his class president for all four years of his high school years. After high school he hitched a ride to join his older brother in State College, PA.  Upon enrolling in the Pennsylvania State University, he took courses in agriculture science and business administration but eventually decided on education, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959. While there, he was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
    Not unlike college students today, Larry came to Ocean City for the summer of 1958 and worked at Lombardi’s Hamburger Stand. After graduation from college, he worked as a bartender at the Dutch Bar. In the fall of 1959 he began his teaching career at Milford Mill High School in Baltimore, MD where he taught World and U.S. History and coached baseball until spring of 1963. In the fall of 1963, he joined the faculty of Stephen Decatur High School and taught History and Problems of Democracy until 1967. 
    Larry then began a career in real estate that spanned four decades with the notable names of the times… Kelly, Jarvis, Baker, Evans and Leland.   He also enjoyed tending bar at the Stowaway as well as in later years he worked as a teller at Ocean Downs.
    Although out of education for many years, he was a life-long learner. Having taken graduate courses at Johns Hopkins, he was extremely well read and would converse freely on local, state and national political issues and occurrences.   It is difficult to recall a time where he was not within arm’s reach of a crossword puzzle. His interests included sports, cards, playing electronic trivia, and shuffle bowl. But his passion was baseball and especially the Baltimore Orioles.    If they were on the TV or radio, he was not far away.
    Larry’s life in Ocean City began on or near Dorchester Street and the Boardwalk, and it came full circle as that was his last address. In fact he commented that one of his life’s many special remembrances was his return to Dorchester Street. His many lifelong friends knew that they could find him either sitting under the porch or on a bench up on the Boardwalk.  
    Never one to enjoy the limelight, he did not want a funeral or memorial service. He did however request that his ashes be mixed with those of two beloved dogs. His family will honor his request and ask that donations in his name be made to the Ocean City/Worcester County Humane Society, P.O. Box 48, Berlin, MD 21811 or the Ferndale Historical Society, 549 Vickroy Ave, Johnstown, PA, 15905.