Laurence "Larry" David O'Rourke lost his battle with ALS on Wednesday afternoon in his home in Albrightsville, PA.
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He was born on April 16, 1965 in Shenandoah, PA. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Jennifer, wife of Carsten Brueninghaus and nephews, Ryan and Sean of Maine, Uncle Thomas "Tim" O'Rourke of Shenandoah and many loving cousins.
- He was the son of Larry and Joyce Phillips O'Rourke of Orwigsburg, PA.
He was a graduate of the Blue Mountain High School class of 1983, where he was the Scholar Athlete. In 2009 he was inducted into the Blue Mountain All Sports Hall of Fame. He was a graduate of Dayton University which placed him close to his favorite Cincy Reds and Bengals. Received his BS degree in December '86 and received the award of Most Outstanding Student in the Journalism Department of 800 students.
While in high school he began his sports-writing career with the Pottsville Republican. He interned at the Harrisburg Patriot News. Upon graduation he was employed by the North Jersey Herald and News and covered all the major sport teams and several college teams in the NYC area. He then moved to the Trentonian where his main beat was the Trenton Thunder and more college basketball. In 2000 he began his career with the Allentown Morning Call and became their Philadelphia Eagles beat writer. He covered about 142 consecutive games and eight Super Bowls. But one of his first assignment in the Lehigh Valley was the Senior Open and there he discovered his love of golf. In 2011 he was inducted into the Lehigh Valley Recreational Sports Hall of Fame.
Throughout his illness Larry has been blessed with the support and compassion of many friends and all the wonderful caregivers who later came into his life. His life may have been cut short, but he lived it to the fullest and pushed himself as far as the disease would allow.
Services: Funeral mass 11 a.m. Monday at St. Ambrose R. C. Church, 201 Randel St., Schuylkill Haven, Pa. 17972. Burial will follow at the Annuncian BVM cemetery in Shenandoah Heights. Viewing hours 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Hamilton Funeral Home, Inc. 116 S. Liberty St., Orwigsburg, PA 17961.
In lieu of flowers the family would prefer donations be made to: ALS Research at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, 30 Hope Drive, Hershey, PA 17033.