Wardie John Jarvis Jr. was born on May 13, 1931, on Wicomico Street in Ocean City, making him the last living man born, raised, and still living in the Town of Ocean City. In 1942, he started working for Trimpers Rides and Amusements, running the merry-go-round. He worked for the family for 69 years, until retiring, and his picture can be found on the merry-go-round today. Wardie also worked (and retired) as a Mailman for the Post Office in Ocean City.
Wardie joined the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company on February 21, 1956. In 1960, he assisted the Department in creating its first Rescue Squad and served as a Lieutenant of the Rescue Squad for many years.
Wardie is a retired U.S Army Veteran, where he earned the rank of E/6 Staff Sgt, and also served in the Maryland National Guard (MP Company). He served in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm) throughout his time in the Military.