Lawrence Joseph Machovec Sr., a retired Baltimore police officer and decorated World War II veteran, died of complications from a stroke Tuesday at his son's Pasadena home. He was 82 and lived in Southeast Baltimore.
Born in Baltimore and raised on Glover Street, he attended the old St. Andrew Parochial School and was a 1939 graduate of the old Thomas Edison Vocational School.
He served in the Navy during World War II aboard the attack transport ship USS Thomas Jefferson and participated in the D-Day landing at Normandy. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Silver Star.
After the war, he joined the Baltimore Police Department and served aboard its police boat Gaither. After retiring from the force about 30 years ago, he became a security guard for the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, and the Fraternal Order of Police.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church, 6420 E. Pratt St., where he was an usher and belonged to the Holy Name Society.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Virginia B. Edwards; a son, Larry J. Machovec Jr. of Pasadena; and a granddaughter.