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John "Buddy" L. Sprague

November 21, 1938 ~ December 26, 2021 (age 83)

Obituary

November 21, 1938 – December 26, 2021

John “Buddy” Sprague, 83 of Port Tobacco, Maryland (MD) passed away early in the morning, 26 December 2021 at his home with his wife of 61 years, Carol, by his side.

Born 21 November 1938 in Washington DC, he was the son of the late John “Buster” and Tuda (Wood) Sprague. Buddy, grew up in Indian Head, MD. His father, passed when he was at the young age of 8 years old.

Buddy attended three military academies, living away in boarding schools and ultimately graduated from Lackey High School. There he played baseball and was on the Maryland State Championship Basketball Team with his brother Mike. He met his wife Carol (Jansen) while in high school and often joked that he only graduated because he was able to sit next her. The two, Buddy and Carol, were voted class couple. They wed in 1960, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Indian Head and moved three times from Indian Head, to Bryans Road and to Port Tobacco MD in 1974.

Buddy spent six months in Ft. Benning Georgia training as a cook in the Army Reserve. He also attended the Culinary Institute of America, New Haven Connecticut. However, his personal ambition to be his own boss enabled him to successfully run the family business – The Club Maryland in Indian Head, prior to his 21st birthday. Although Buddy was mostly known for owning and operating Buddy’s Liquors also located in Indian Head. Buddy was always a driven entrepreneur with a charismatic personality and he found much success throughout his business career investing in real estate.

As an active business owner in the Charles County community, Buddy was on the Bank of Southern Maryland Board of Directors; a member of the Western Charles County Business Association; and President of the Charles County License and Beverage Association. He also volunteered many years coaching St. Mary’s Star of the Sea and Archbishop Neale School middle school basketball teams. Buddy also served on the College of Southern Maryland Foundation Board.

Buddy enjoyed playing tennis, although golf was clearly his passion; he had six holes in one. Some of his happiest times were going on golf trips with his friends or playing at Hawthorne Country Club in La Plata MD or the many courses in Hilton Head, South Carolina where he and his wife enjoyed their vacation home on the Ocean.  

Buddy and Carol raised their four children at their home, Marsh Hawk on the Port Tobacco River. Their ever-growing family and friends loved to gather there with “Bubba”, his grandfather name, to celebrate holidays and special occasions, have crab feasts, go fishing, water ski, hunt, swim in the pool, play tennis, and watch Washington Football and Nationals Baseball games together.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother Mike. He is survived by his wife Carol; his children Lois DiNatale (Joe), Christina Adams (Brad), John L. Sprague III (Robyn), Joanie Heinze (Chris); his Grandchildren; Jacqueline Jenkins (John), Bradley Adams, Veronica Boyer (Zachary); Frank Bohne; Lindsay and Joey DiNatale (Kim); Christian, Lindsay (Josh Lenig) and Charles Heinze; and John L. “Jack” IV, Luke, Ava, Leo, Jett, and Lila Sprague and his great grandchildren, Oliver, Hudson, Cole and Jay; he is also survived by his sister-in-law Karen Sprague, niece Kristen Burke (Bobby) and nephew Michael Jr. and great nephews Casey, Tyler, Michael III, Mitchell, and Maxwell and many more cousins, nieces and nephews.

Although, Buddy had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in his early 50s he always remained positive, enjoyed life and stayed as active as possible. He attended many of his grandchildren’s school programs and sports events often arriving in his beloved 1957 Thunderbird convertible.

Visitation will be held, Thursday, 30 December from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at Marsh Hawk, 7835 Chapel Point Road, Port Tobacco, MD. Funeral Service will be held, Friday, 31 December at 11:00 AM, St. Ignatius-Chapel Point, Port Tobacco, MD. Interment to follow at St. Ignatius Cemetery.

The Funeral Mass will also be streamed on Facebook at "St. Ignatius Church - Chapel Point"

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to

Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research;

Online to: https://www.michaeljfox.org/donate

 

By mail to: The Michael J. Fox Foundation

P.O. Box 5014

Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014

 

By phone: 1-800-708-7644

 

Sage Point, Senior Services Foundation,

By mail to: 10200 La Plata RD, La Plata, MD 20646

Online to: https://sagepointcare.networkforgood.com/

 

Kennedy Krieger Institute

Online to: https://www.kennedykrieger.org/foundation/ways-to-give

 

St Ignatius-Chapel Point Restoration Campaign

Online to: https://giving.parishsoft.com/App/Form/ce6663ea-e238-4eca-81d6-635667e364fb

 

Johns Hopkins Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center  

By mail to: 601 North Caroline Street, Suite 5064, Baltimore, MD 21287

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
December 30, 2021

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Family's Home
7835 Chapel Point Rd.
Port Tobacco, MD 20677

Funeral Mass
Friday
December 31, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Ignatius Church
8855 Chapel Pt. Rd.
Port Tobacco, Maryland 20677

Interment following Funeral Mass
Friday
December 31, 2021

12:00 PM
St. Ignatius Church Cemetery
8855 Chapel Pt. Rd.
Port Tobacco, Maryland 20677

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