Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:29 PM
Published on: Thursday, April 25, 2013
By Mary McHale
Vince Roper, co-founder of Stephanie Roper Committee, dies
In response, Vince and his wife Roberta founded the Stephanie Roper Committee, which has become the powerful victims’ rights organization, Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc., headquartered in Upper Marlboro. The current executive director is attorney Russell Butler, formerly of Morningside.
Vincent William Roper, 79, of Upper Marlboro, a retired Navy Captain, died in his sleep on April 4. He was born in Hazleton, Pa., enlisted in the Navy at 17 and was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. After graduation in 1956, he served tours around the world and retired with more than 30 years’ service.
He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, Most Holy Rosary Council #11511, and the Naval Weather Service Association. During the funeral at Holy Rosary Church, one of his sons mentioned what a great basketball and soccer coach his father was.
Co-founder and current treasurer of the Maryland Crime Victims’ organization, Vince died just hours after receiving a proclamation from Gov. Martin O’Malley naming April 3 as Crime Victims and Advocates Commemorative Day. April 3, 1982, was the day that Stephanie was murdered.
Vince was the husband of Roberta; father of Stephanie, Brian, Daniel and Peter Roper and Sharon Thompson; grandfather of nine; brother of Barbara Bonina, Marilyn Marsden and James Gerard Roper.
Donations may be sent to MCVRC, 1001 Prince George’s Blvd., Suite 750, Upper Marlboro, MD 20770 or to the Stephanie Roper Scholarship at Frostburg.
Amy and Bradley Wade, of Morningside, are proud parents of a new daughter, Peyton, born April 15, weighing 5 pounds and 12 ounces. Little Peyton has three big sisters, Samantha, Nicole and Jasmine.
They all want Boardwalk! Monopoly is now played Mondays at the Spaulding Branch Library in District Heights. Kim Carrington, a Prince George’s substitute teacher and parent activist, started the program, which has attracted players, ages 11 to 26, for some hotly competitive buying and selling.
The flag at half-staff in front of the VFW is a poignant reminder of the Boston Marathon bombings. Thirteen Prince George’s runners participated in the race, The Prince George’s Sentinel reported last week. I don’t know if any of them were injured.
Local students honored
In addition to Dr. Ben Carson, renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, the speakers included FOX anchor Chris Wallace, former Baltimore Raven Matt Stover and Nobel Prize in Physics winner Dr. John C. Mather. Sam Donaldson was emcee.
Carson Scholarships are awarded students in grades 4-11 who exemplify academic excellence and humanitarian qualities. Winners receive a $1,000 scholarship to be invested toward their college education. There are more than 5,000 Scholars across the U.S.
May they rest in peace
C. William Johnson, 85, band director at Oxon Hill High from 1952 to retirement in 1981, died March 27 at a rehab center in League City, Texas.
Happy golden anniversary to Emanuel and Juanita Chaplin on April 26, and happy anniversary to Jan and Cindy Smith, their 41st on April 28!