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MAURICE CHARLES ERLY August 12, 1938 - March 10, 2014

Maurice Charles Erly, 75, of Owings, Maryland, passed away on March 10, 2014, while visiting his son in Plantation, Florida. Orphaned at birth on August 12, 1938, he spent his childhood in Washington, DC at the Saint Joseph's Home and School for Boys until his adoption by John Kenneth Erly. He withdrew from Gonzaga College High School to live with his father in rural Ridge, Maryland where he was 1 of 8 in his graduating class from St. Michael's Catholic School. He left St. Mary's County to earn his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Maryland at College Park. During his final year of undergraduate study he met a beautiful coed from Charleston, South Carolina named Patricia Marie Cooper. They wed in December of 1962 and raised three sons. His wife of 51 years remained at his side. He left this life holding her hand. In addition to his wife Patricia, he is survived by his children John Erly (Katie), Bryan Erly (Rose), and Stephen Erly (Darrin) as well as, his six grandchildren: Christopher Erly, Payge Erly, Brooke Erly, Rebecca Loiacono, Luke Erly and Liam Erly. Maurice was a true believer in the importance of a public education. He retired from the Prince George's County Board of Education after 38 years of service, with over 25 years spent as the Coordinating Supervisor of Staff Development. Maurice was a pioneer in teacher education on a National and International level. For decades he traveled around the world as one of the founding members of The International Society for Teacher Education, established in 1981. His life was enriched by an international network of friends who shared his passion for teacher education. For 44 years he was elected and served as a volunteer on the Board of Directors for the Educational Systems Federal Credit Union. Most recently he served as Chairman and then Treasurer of his beloved credit union. An active parishioner of St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church in Prince Frederick, Maryland, his generous personality and selflessness will be sorely missed by his fellow volunteers and Men's Club members. Maurice never met a stranger and was always comfortable striking up a conversation with anyone. He was consistently interested in others, their passions and expertise. His family will receive friends for visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church located off Main Street at 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678, immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. As he would have insisted, there will be a luncheon at the church immediately following the service. Interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, his wife requests that donations be made to St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church.

Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 16, 2014