Karl Lorencic, 91, Engineer Across Four Decades

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705x768-10322202Karl Lorencic, 91, of Marlborough (formerly of Acton) died on July 14, 2022 at Marlborough Hospital.

He was born in Graz, Austria on September 23, 1930 to the late Karl and Angela Lorencic. Karl trained in radio repair and immigrated to Canada in 1951, where he worked for a year before his future wife Maria was able to join him. They married in 1952 and had two children. He found a career in Canadian TV working for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Karl and his family immigrated to the US in 1965 when he received a job offer from Boston’s WGBH-TV. He worked as a WGBH engineer for many years, working on programs including The French Chef with Julia Child, Boston Pops, Masterpiece Theater and many, many more. Karl also worked for Mobile Technical Services and WCVB but returned to WGBH and eventually retired in 1995.

He was a resident of Acton for 54 years before moving to Marlborough. Karl and his wife enjoyed traveling and went on numerous cruises to locations including Alaska, the Panama Canal and the Mediterranean. They also especially enjoyed a time-share in Aruba. Karl will be remembered as a loving husband and father. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed.

Karl was predeceased by Maria, his wife of 67 years. He leaves their two children; Harold Lorencic and his wife Kimberly of Portsmouth NH and Monica Lorencic of Maynard.

Services for Karl will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Household Goods Inc, 530 Main St. Acton, MA 01720.


  1. David Elinoff on August 12, 2022 at 3:34 pm

    I have fond memories of Karl. We literally worked back to back in Video Village. It was great to have his company in that otherwise lonely room. I think I learned something new about him and video engineering every time.

  2. Christine Sweet on August 5, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Margo, good to see you here. I too have warm memories of Dave St. O., esp. from when we were part of the skeleton crew trapped at 125 Western during the blizzard of ’78. I also remember Karl Lorencic but didn’t know him. And I agree with your tribute to both!

  3. Bob Nesson on August 5, 2022 at 2:15 pm

    It’s so good to know that people who worked together so long ago [in the late 60s, the 70s and on] are able to share loving memories of colleagues and friends like Karl. Our community is dwindling with each loss, but the shared sense of belonging continues.

  4. Margo Garrison on August 1, 2022 at 9:02 am

    I was so sorry to read about Karl and also Dave St.Onge. Both were supportive and helpful to me back in the 70’s when women in engineering were still a rarity. Karl had a quiet, knowing, and gentlemanly elegance about him (always in that brown leather car coat) and Dave had such charm and a mischievous wit. Both contributed their expertise to a long legacy of dedication to the station and I am lucky to have worked with them.

    -Margo Garrison

  5. Elizabeth burton on July 29, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    I don’t remember him but is great hearing from those active in the 1960’s. We are still out therewith all our memories Elizabeth Burton

  6. Dick Heller on July 29, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    It was always good to know that Karl was working on your production. His precision and excellence and calm professional air were guarantees of high quality.

  7. Steve Damas on July 29, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    Karl and I worked together in the engineering maintenance shop for years. They were good years because Karl made everyday enjoyable.

  8. Chas Norton on July 28, 2022 at 7:23 am

    Karl defined excellence; I was lucky to have worked with him.

  9. john rogers on July 27, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    I was/am a better man for having known him

  10. David Crane on July 27, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Karl and I worked together in the 70’s in Engineering doing a lot of work in the mobile unit. He was a good friend and was very professional and a great EIC. I will always remember him. May he rest in peace.

  11. Olivia Tappan on July 27, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    What I remember about Karl is his warm smile and his kind, thoughtful way of going about his work and his life. I am grateful to have known him.

  12. Benny Krol on July 27, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    What can I say about Karl, everything that is good because that is who he was.

    I had the privilege and good fortune to have worked with Karl for many decades. I learned a great deal from him, not just the technical side, but also how to work with and treat people.

    There was this gentleness about him, for he was truly my perfect mentor.

    I spoke with Karl about 3 weeks ago, he sounded pretty good. What do retirees talk about? Well, the good old days.

    I’m glad that I had the opportunity to share those memories with him and I will miss him greatly.

  13. Russ Fortier on July 27, 2022 at 4:25 pm

    Karl Lorencic had a refined sense of humor and irony. He was a most effective engineer; as precise as any, and tuned in to what the production needed from him. He made every show he worked on better and with a smile that never faded.

  14. Bill Charette on July 27, 2022 at 10:26 am

    Words that come to mind when remembering Karl, precise, smiling, warm, gentleman, professional, dependable, deliberate. Quick to laugh, I guy you liked the moment you met him. Will always remember his gentle ways. RIP Karl.

  15. Leo Demers on July 27, 2022 at 10:18 am

    R.I.P. Amigo

  16. Frederick M. Barzyk on July 27, 2022 at 8:30 am

    Loved Karl. He always gave me a second look when I tried some crazy thing. But smiled and then went out to make it perfect… adding much to the idea with his creativity. Great memories… RSVP

  17. Basil Chigas on July 26, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Karl was a gentleman and professional.

  18. Alex Pirie on July 26, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    A kind, calm, and thoughtful person! You always knew things were going to go steadily and well when Karl was there.

  19. David Atwood on July 26, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    I loved working with Karl. He would patiently explain things to this young cameraman. One day we were in the shop looking for a tube (yes, those cameras had tubes!). He found the one he wanted then saw it said “used but good” on the box. He tossed it into the trash.

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