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Robert E. Warfield Sr., Ocean City real estate firm co-owner

Robert E. Warfield Sr., Ocean City real estate firm co-owner
Robert E. Warfield Sr. was a former co-owner of an Ocean City real estate firm and a McDaniel College trustee. (HANDOUT / Baltimore Sun)

Robert E. Warfield Sr., a former co-owner of an Ocean City real estate firm and a McDaniel College trustee, died of an aneurysm Jan. 23 at his Ocean City home. He was 75.

Born in Silver Spring, he was the son of Lt. Col. William Edwin Warfield, who died in the invasion of Normandy in 1944, and Esther Stanley.

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He was a Montgomery Blair High School graduate and received a degree in economics from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College. He played football and golf, and wrestled. He was also a member of the Alpha Gamma Tau fraternity.

He met his future wife, Margaret Ann "Peggy" Hoey, at a sock hop during their freshman year.

"We've been dancing ever since," she said. "Bobby always did the right thing."

Mr. Warfield served as a second lieutenant in the Army and was assigned to its 29th Division in Korea.

He worked the Weyerhaeuser lumber company and moved to Ocean City in 1971. He was a co-founder of Moore Warfield & Glick Realtors. He and his partners sold the business in 2003.

"Everybody knew Bobby," said former Ocean City Mayor Roland "Fish" Powell. "When you called on him for help, he gave and then gave more."

Mr. Warfield joined the McDaniel College board of trustees in 2004 and served on its building and grounds, enrollment management, and marketing and institutional advancement committees.

He and his wife endowed an undergraduate scholarship for students from Worcester County who major in economics or business. He also donated a set of tennis courts on the campus.

Mr. Warfield was active in Republican circles and supported the candidacies of governors Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Larry Hogan.

He served on the board of Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, where he was a founder and donor. He was also a board member of the Ocean City Golf and Yacht Club, the Maryland Economic Development Corp. and the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund.

He played golf and tennis.

A memorial service and life celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 6 at the Lighthouse Sound club house in Bishopville.

In addition to his wife of 47 years, survivors include a son, Robert E. Warfield Jr. of Greenville, S.C.; a daughter, Claire Warfield Reynolds of West Ocean City; two sisters, Nancy Luscombe of Grantsville and Natalie Palmer of Dallas; and two granddaughters.

—Jacques Kelly

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