George W. Lacey III, 54, pilot and flight instructor

January 19, 2002

George Welch Lacey III, a pilot and flight instructor, died Jan. 12 in an automobile accident on Route 152 in Fallston when his vehicle was struck by a truck that had crossed the center line. He was 54 and lived in Parkton.

He was the owner and operator of Dayflight, a Parkton air-charter service. He also was a certified flight instructor. He had been a special agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Baltimore and volunteered in its Bald Eagle Project to protect endangered birds.

He worked for the U.S. Customs Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in the 1970s. As a young man, he was a detective in the Yeadon, Pa., police force.

Born in Philadelphia, he was a graduate of John Bartram High School and Delaware County Community College, where he studied business administration and law enforcement.

Mr. Lacey served in the Army and was a flight instructor in the Maryland Army National Guard. He also was a Civil Air Patrol captain.

A Mason, he was a master of Charity Lodge in Freeland and held the position of assistant grand organist of the Grand Lodge of Maryland in Hunt Valley. He also was a member and organist at Gunpowder Baptist Church in Freeland.

Services were held Wednesday in Monkton.

Mr. Lacey is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Marianne L. Fletcher; a daughter, Christine L. Lacey of Parkton; his mother, Jean Lacey of Trappe; and a granddaughter. His daughter Michelle L. Lacey died in 1999.

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