Ocean City Mourns Loss of Former Mayor Roland "Fish" Powell at Memorial Service
(OCEAN CITY, Md.) - Ocean City carried a heavy heart Wednesday as friends, family and loved ones laid former mayor Roland E. Powell to rest.
Hundreds of people from the community gathered at the Convention Center bearing Powell's name for a celebration of life memorial service.
A lifelong resident of Ocean City, Powell wore many hats in the community from fireman to politician.
"With the fire company, being a chief for nine years, being a gold badge member which means you put in at least 25 active years of service - he did 27. He was in the department for a total of 65 years. Those are numbers that many people will never be able to attain," said current fire chief James Jester.
Dozens of firefighters attended Powell's memorial service and shared fond memories of their colleague and friend.
"I knew him all my life because he grew up in Ocean City and I grew up in Ocean City," said Roger Stegger, a former fire chief. "Fish always took time to explain things to you, how to operate the truck, fight the fire this way, or the training that we're required to do. He was just all around great for your safety and protection of our property."
Fish, as many called him, led a storied career on the eastern shore. Council president of the Worcester County Commissioners, mayor of Ocean City, chief of the fire department -- all prestigious titles but to many only one title sticks out the most.
"An Ocean City original. That's really what he is, who he is," said Senator Jim Mathias at the memorial service. "Born here, raised here and led us here together, inspired us. That's our dear friend Fish Powell."
The former mayor died last week at his home at age 89. Sept.5 is his birthday. He would have turned 90.