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David Latimer Obituary
David M. Latimer, born March, 12, 1930 in Harrison NY, he was the son of the late George and Florence Latimer. He was preceded in death by his wife Olga after 56 years of marriage, his two sisters, Jeanne Dubinsky and Patricia Goddu and one brother George Donald Latimer. He graduated from Iona Prep School in New Rochelle NY in 1947. He received a Basketball scholarship to Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, and graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Management in 1951. At Seton Hall he was the Captain of the Basketball team in 1950-1951 and that year were Semi-finalists in the National Invitation Tournament held in Madison Square Garden in NYC. He served two years as a Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps Reserve at Quantico, VA. He played basketball with the Quantico Marine Team and in the 1952-1953 season they were all Marine and the All Service Champions, finishing with a 44-6 record. In 1953 he had a NBA contract with the Milwaukee Hawks, but after trying out at Milwaukee, he was released. He started his business career with the Lee Tire and Rubber Company, Conshohocken, PA and in 1960 joined Kelly Springfield Tire Co. After 35 years in Service in various Sales Management capacities he retired in 1995. He and his family lived and worked in five different locations in the US before being promoted to Cumberland, MD in 1972. In Cumberland the family became involved at the Church of Saint Patrick and Bishop Walsh High School. Four of their five children were Graduates of BW. At St Patricks he served as Lector and sat on the Parish Council for three years. In Cumberland, he became very involved with Youth Basketball. He coached, officiated and administered the Knights of Columbus Youth leagues for 25 years. He mentored and coached both boys and girls developing them for High School and College levels. In 1993 he joined the LaVale Lions Club, and was very active with the largest Service Organization in the world. He served on various Committees and served as President in 2002-2003. He was awarded Lion of the Year in 2003 and received the highest award in Lionism, the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award in 2008. He was Past President of the United Ostomy Association, a support group that assists persons who have experienced Ostomy Surgery. For many years he was a member of Wamba #89 Caravan a group that assists with mentally retarded persons and holds various Fund raiders to help that cause. His hobbies outside of his wife and family were basketball, a tremendous interest in coaching, mentoring and being a real fan. He was an avid golfer who in 2007 shot his age 77. He loved hiking 1-3 miles daily especially with his beloved dog, Maddy. Surviving are his sons, Christopher Latimer of Hatteras, NC, Jody and Amy Latimer of Topsfield, MA. His daughters, Michele and Lee Eshelman of Basye VA and Molly and Bob Ball also of Basye, VA. Preceding him in death, Blake Latimer of Ventura, CA. His grandchildren include Quinn Latimer-Katz, Brooklyn NY, August Latimer, Ventura, CA, David Latimer of Topsfield, MA, Emily Ball, Basye VA and Jackson, Grant and Harrison Latimer of Topsfield, MA. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Davids memory to the Cape Ann Youth Basketball League, 120Swish LLC / Eastern Basketball, 20 Locust Street Suite 202 Danvers, MA 01923

Published in The Tri-Town Transcript from June 26 to July 3, 2012
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