Sidney W. Earle


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Sidney W. Earle, Jr., 81, of Barnesville, MD, died on January 3, 2020 at his residence.

He was the husband of the late Elizabeth Lorraine Earle.

Born on January 24, 1938, in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Sidney W. and Helen V. (Kilgour) Earle.

Sam served his country proudly in the United States Army and was a career Firefighter and Paramedic with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

He is survived by his daughter, Lorraine “Lorrie” Earle of Barnesville and three sisters, Lillian Earle of Frostburg, MD, Helen Holmes of Laurel, MD and Charlene Earle of Frostburg; one brother in-law, Paul Athey; two nieces, Carol McFiren and Mary “Chris” May, along with their children.

The family will be receiving friends on Thursday January 9, from 5-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road (Rt. 109), Barnesville.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Friday January 10 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville.  A visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service.

Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Gardens, Rockville, MD.



Back in 1995 my mate David Parr (deceased) and I planned a vacation from Australia to the Western United States of America. We were both railroad engineers so the focus of our adventure was mainly on the railroads. This for me was a dream come true. One day while photographing track side in California at Cajon Pass is where Dave and I met two retired firefighters from "over East" also taking a West Coast rail fan trip. Those two gentlemen names were Sidney W. Earle jr and Bill Hopkins. As Sid put it our itineraries amazingly "dovetailed" so the next couple of weeks we met for breakfast, met track side and later had dinner together. I have to say it please pardon the pun "we got along like a house on fire". Eventually it was time for us to go our separate ways. Before we left Sid and Bill invited us to come over East next visit and they would show us around which we eventually did many times. That was nearly 25 years ago. As the years passed we kept in touch with long chin wags on the phone. During this time Lorrie moved back home with Sid in Barnesville so naturally Lorrie became a good mate too so the chin wags grew even longer. Also on my first visit I met Bills wife Carol, Rich and Cheryl Edwards and Sids' neighbors Lisa,Woody, Brittany, Stephanie and at the time baby Christie Hilton. Sid even took Dave and I to the Potomac Chapter NRHS meetings and met many members. One thing I do regret was not being able to meet Sids' wife Lorrie senior she must have been a lovely lady. As the years passed by we all shared our lifes highs and lows and I was always kept informed about friends mentioned above. Due to a bad bicycle fall and later ill health I had to unfortunately cancel two vacations to the States and visits to see Sid and Lorrie. Another thing I will miss. Sid would snip items from The Washington Post he knew I was interested in. Anything from the railroads, B-17 Flying Fortresses and the Civil war etc. While reading the condolence messages I couldn't help but notice some of these words relating to Sid. Compassionate, skilled, knowledgeable genuine, sincere, honest, polite, loving. He also had a great sense of humor and we both had lots of laughs with our Aussie/American jokes and sayings. Sid you were a great mate, a great American and you will be so sadly missed. Rest in Peace mate. My condolences to Lorrie, family and friends. Bruce

From: Bruce Kellett

Sam was my good Barnesville buddy. Always friendly and happy. Loved getting his Christmas cards of cool train sightings

From: Maureen Dolan

Lorrie and family: Sweet Sam—that was his nick name we called him because that is what he always was. Always was trying to help his friends. Prayers are with you

From: Kitty and Jack Cooley

I met Sid at a fire scene and we connected because of our shared hobby of train photography. Sid was a wealth of knowledge about the railroad and he was always happy to share his knowledge. I’ll miss him at trackside.

From:Jack Toomey

I had the honor of working with Sidney when we were at Station 10 & 30. He was one of the most skilled and compassionate Firefighter/Medics that I have ever worked with. Just a genuine kind and honest person. May he rest in peace. My sincere condolences to his family.

From: Wm. Herren

I am so sorry for your loss. Sidney and I always had a very special bond and he will always be a part of me. I will miss him deeply. Love to you all!

From: Peto Barnes

Lorrie we have been so very close since we were childhood playmates, cousins are your first friends first loves forever. As we have been on our journey in life we’ve been through good times ruff times always we’ve come out better, we had Nanie & Sam there Mom & Dad. Well Mom, Nanie and Sam have all gone to heaven I love you UncleSam. I miss each and every one of you. UncleSam rest now you were my favorite Uncle I have such fond memories of Monk the cat the German Shepherds Dobies ponies horses geese you helped so many God Bless My Uncle Sam I love you Lorrie

From: Gilbert & Mary May

Sidney was a true gentleman... a firefighter’s fireman and a friend to all. I have many fond memories that I will cherish forever. Rest In Peace my good friend.

From: Mike Hall

Very sad for your loss. He was a wonderful person and firefighter. He will be missed.

From: Stacey A Stone

My thoughts and prayers are with family and friends. Sidney was one of the finest, warmest persons and coworkers I've ever known. He was a pleasure to be with and a definite credit to our fire, rescue and EMS service. Rest in peace.

From: Dave Dwyer, BCCRS

We are so very very sorry for your loss. 🙏🙏. He was a wonderful, kind man and friend to many. May he Rest In Peace. God bless

From: Kelly M. Mulkins(MCFRS-Ret) and Brian S. Geraci(MCFRS—Ret)

We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family.

From: The Hilton Family

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