The staff at the $303 million NSWC Federal Credit Union in Dahlgren, Va., is in mourning overthe loss of its longtime President/CEO Harry C. Ovitt, who died inone-car accident while on his way to work Thursday morning.

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“While the staff is devastated by this, Harry's foresight andplanning have allowed us to implement processes that will assurethe continued seamless operation of the credit union,” NSWC FCUsaid in a statement on its online home page. “Our thoughts andprayers are with his family during this difficult time.”

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Ovitt's 1995 Lexus ES300 went off the right side of the road (onState Route 206) at about 6:15 a.m. when it hit a utility pole andtree, according to a report on Fredericksburg.com, a local news site of the FreeLance-Star newspaper.

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The 63-year-old Ovitt, who was wearing his seatbelt, was takenby ambulance to a local hospital where he died. He was alone in thecar, and no other vehicles were involved, the news sitereported.

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Ovitt, who had been CEO for 27 years, was well-respected andwell-liked by NSWC's employees, and he knew them personally throughfrequent visits to NSWC's branches and lunches with staffers,Charles Armstrong, NSWC's executive vice president and chiefoperating officer, told Fredericksburg.com.

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“He wasn't just the boss,” Armstrong said. “He was yourfriend.”

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