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Alfred J. "Buddy" Hurlock IV (1971 - 2012)

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Alfred J. Hurlock IV "Buddy"

Of Hockessin, DE, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2012 from an 18-month battle with an optic nerve Glioblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor. He was 40 years old.

Hurlock most notably chronicled high school sports for the News Journal as a member of its staff since 1999.

Buddy was born September 17, 1971 in Wilmington, DE. He attended St. Mary Magdalene and Corpus Christi elementary, followed by Archmere Academy. Hurlock's involvement in athletics and journalism began at Archmere, serving as varsity football team manager, basketball scorekeeper, and contributing member of the Patio yearbook staff. Buddy graduated from Archmere with perfect attendance with an eye on college for Broadcasting and Journalism.

Hurlock attended the University of Delaware and later La Salle University, where he served as sports reporter and became sports editor for The La Salle Collegian. He also interned with CBS News Philadelphia and his enthusiasm, attention to detail, along with his Cum Laude degree landed him a freelance position with the Wilmington News Journal, which later graduated into a full time post in sports.

At the News Journal, Buddy's passion for writing and local sports found a perfect institution to contribute his talents and knowledge, particularly with the high school beat, which allowed him to assemble results and efforts of high school athletes from around the Delaware Valley. His special interest in the players and coaches in the state set him apart, and his dedication to accurate and detailed writing has helped elevate knowledge and recognition of all high school athletics in Delaware. Buddy also served as board member and President of the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association (DSBA).

Buddy was an avid Phillies fan and often liked to recall memories of being a season ticket holder of section 220 at Veterans Stadium. His career path enabled him to realize a childhood dream, when he was assigned as one of the press members representing the News Journal at the 2008 World Series in Philadelphia.

Buddy is preceded by his sister, Elizabeth Rose Hurlock; his paternal grandparents, Bud and Rose Hurlock of Hockessin; and his maternal grandparents, Louis and Beatrice Pierce of Wilmington. Buddy will be cherished always in the hearts of his parents Bud and Jane (Pierce) Hurlock; his brother, Jeff; his extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins as well as many friends - including those from the News Journal and Delaware community.

The Hurlock family would like to thank the caring doctors at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, and would also like to acknowledge Dr. Lyndon Kim and Misty from Jefferson University Hospital and the staff of Heartland Care for their compassion and dedication to Buddy during his long battle.

Services will be held at St. Mary of the Assumption Church (7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 19707). Viewings are Friday evening, May 25 from 5-8:30 pm and Saturday morning from 9:30-10:30 am. Mass will be held Saturday, May 26 at 11 am. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Buddy's name to: The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke, payable to Duke University - DUMC 3624 Durham, NC 27710 c/o Ellen Stainback or The National Neurofibromatosis Foundation, 95 Pine Street, 16th Fl. New York, NY, 10005.

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