Lawrence Ritter


Mr. Lawrence Eugene “Coach” Ritter, 80, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Parksley. Born April 29, 1942, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late William Howard Ritter and the late Rebecca Anne (Childs) Ritter. He grew up in Baltimore, lived in Ocean City, Md., for decades, and finally moved to Chincoteague Island,  where he resided over the last several years. 

A proud patriot and honorable man, Coach served five years in the United States Marine Corps and was active in the Cuban missile crisis. In addition, he was a pitcher on the USMC’s baseball team. He was an avid sports lover and a diehard Orioles fan. He coached both the men’s and co-ed softball teams for the Purple Moose Saloon in Ocean City, where he was the manager for many years. The Purple Moose has been a mainstay on the boardwalk for decades, and Coach enjoyed spending time with his coworkers, customers, and teammates. Next to his family, the American Legion held his heart. He chose to spend a lot of time with his friends and fellow veterans. Coach loved planning parties and trips where he could enjoy the company of family and friends. His sense of humor and love for women will go down in the history books. 

Larry is survived by his wife, Yeimy Ritter; children, Alexis Mancano, of Pocomoke City, Md., Todd Ritter, of Chincoteague, Dawn Flynn, of Quinby, and Dwayne Ritter, of Aberdeen, Md.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family will gather privately to celebrate Lawrence’s life.

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Arrangements by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.

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