It is with great sadness that Mayor Craig A. Moe announces the passing of Reverend Warren H. Litchfield on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Reverend Litchfield was born and raised in Laurel, graduated from Laurel High School, served in the Korean War, and worked at Fort Meade for 31 years. Since 1950, he lived in the house his father built on Nichols Drive. He was married to Mabel Litchfield for 34 years before her passing in 2014. They had one son, David Litchfield.
“Hulbert”, as he was familiarly known to many, was a Past President and Life Member of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department. He was named LVFD Firefighter of the Year in 1972. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Prince George’s County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association on September 11, 1986. He was appointed Chaplain of the Prince George’s County Fire and Rescue Association in September 1998. In July 1997 Mayor Frank Casula appointed him City Coordinating Chaplain and was appointed City of Laurel Chaplain by Mayor Moe on April 8, 2002.
Public service was his first love as evidenced by his many years of service to the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department which continued from his first volunteer day to his passing. Death was the only thing that could keep him from his dedicated service. He epitomized LVFD’s slogan of “Service to Others”.
He officiated the funerals of many Laurel elected officials, City employees and their family members and countless City residents. Mr. Litchfield was well known for his talent in poetry writing. He would write a tribute poem for close friends and local dignitaries to provide special recognition for recent awards and achievements. He also wrote special poems for those he knew to highlight the life of a person whose funeral he was officiating. For many years, Reverend Litchfield delivered the invocation at meetings of the Mayor and City Council and numerous City events. He was a devoted source of comfort to many as they mourned the loss of their loved ones, and warmly guided others through personal difficulties.
Mr. Litchfield was very proud of his father’s service to the City as its first Building Inspector. He always enjoyed sharing stories about his father’s City employment and of him being one of the City’s first retirees.
“I am heartbroken over the news of the passing of my great personal friend, who has dedicated his life to the service of others, both in his career and as a Chaplain for City Service Organizations,” Mayor Moe says.
The City flag will fly at half-staff through Reverend Litchfield’s memorial services.