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Richard Bryce Worley, Jr.

October 9, 1944 — December 16, 2023


Richard Bryce Worley, Jr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away on December 16, 2023 in Carroll Hospice Center, Westminster, MD, at the age of 79.

He was born on October 9, 1944 in Newport, Rhode Island.

Richard loved sports and the outdoors. He played basketball and coached little league baseball for his sons. Richard was also an avid hunter and fisherman. He took great pleasure in passing on his knowledge and love of sports and nature to his children and grandchildren. His rich, deep singing voice entertained many people. He was a powerful impersonator of Elvis Presley. Richard and his brother Robert played, recorded, and performed music of that era together for many years.

Richard graduated from Frostburg State Teacher’s College in Frostburg, MD, and was a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity there. Upon graduation Richard worked as a claims adjuster for GEICO Insurance Company, and thereafter for Amica Insurance Company.

Following college Richard reunited with a fellow Frostburg graduate, Thelma (Tantsie) Troester. Richard and Tantsie married in 1969 and lived in Gaithersburg, MD. Soon after, they bought a home near Sugarloaf Mountain in Urbana, MD, where they raised their family and lived the rest of his lifetime.

Over the years, Richard and Tantsie would take long motorcycle rides on his classic BMW motorcycle. He shared his love of motorcycles with his sons who still ride together today. Richard also loved classic cars, getting himself a ‘56 Chevy, which is still at his home. He loved to go to car shows with his brother-in-law Tac Troester.

Richard’s family and extended family vacationed each summer at Chincoteague Island, VA. Many wonderful memories with family and friends were made there.

Richard is survived by his wife Tantsie, and three sons: Craig married to Terry with daughters Leah and Carolyn; Carl married to Juliet, with daughter Allison, daughter Hannah, and son Mason; and Bryce with daughter Lindsay.

Richard’s parents, Bryce and Ruth, predeceased him, but his siblings: sister Linda and husband John (with adult children Brian, Sara, Johnny, and Kendra); brother Robert and wife Dawn (with adult child Kristin); and sister Barbara and husband Jim (with adult children Ross and Mark) survive him.

A burial will take place at Parklawn Cemetery in Rockville, MD on December 22, 2023 at 11:30am.

One of Richard’s final wishes was for his family and friends to celebrate his life after his passing. Please join us for a Celebration of Life at the Urbana Volunteer Fire & Rescue Hall on Friday, December 22, 2023, from 6:00PM to 10:00PM.

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Graveside Service

Friday, December 22, 2023

Starts at 11:30 am (Eastern time)

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Celebration of Life

Friday, December 22, 2023

6:00 - 10:00 pm (Eastern time)

Urbana Voluneer Fire and Rescue

3602 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD 21704

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