Lawrence J. Ackley

ACKLEY Lawrence J. Ackley, age 90 of the Lordship section of Stratford, died January 3, 2010, at Bridgeport Hospital. He resided in his beloved Lordship for more than 50 years. His wife, Emma Lenore Farrell Ackley, and a son, Gregory, predeceased him. Lawrence was born September 17, 1919 in Bridgeport, the son of Lucy Goss and Claude John Ackley. He attended Hall School, Class of 1933 and Harding High School. Lawrence joined the United States Army in February, 1941 and was honorably discharged in November 1945. While in the Army, he served in the South Pacific, earning a Good Conduct medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, the American Defense Service Medal, the Victory Medal and the American Theater Campaign Ribbon. He also qualified for the Marksman Bar and Expert Gunner. Larry was a member of the 242d. Coast Artillery. After the war and his discharge, Larry apprenticed at Harvey and Lewis Opticians, where he met his future business partner and lifelong friend, Lyle Furze. Larry and Lyle started in the wholesale eyeglass business in 1947 and then opened their retail store, Furze and Ackley Opticians, at 1961 Main Street, Bridgeport. Their store remained at that location for 28 years and then they moved to a new location at 4270 Main Street. Larry was a guild optician and very active with the Connecticut Opticians Association, serving on the board of directors for many years and also as president for two years. Larry was a member of the Stratford VFW. Raising his family in Lordship was important to Larry and being a member of the Lordship Fathers Club was an essential part of his life and his community. Larry served the community by working with the Lordship Fathers Club and as vice president, treasurer and president for two terms. He was also a Cub Scout master and a Boy Scout master for many years. Larry loved the water, especially Long Island Sound, and boating was a passion of his for decades. He served as Commodore of the East End Yacht Club for three terms and the club was always a favorite spot for him. Larry was a member of our Lady of Peace congregation and ushered at the 11 o'clock Mass for more than 50 years. Survivors include four children, daughter, Laurie Adams, her husband, Michael of Stratford; son, Jon, his wife, Judy and their son, Jonathan, also of Stratford; daughter, Lucie Ackley of Isabella, Mo.; and son, Francis X. Ackley of Lordship. Larry is also survived by his two brothers, Elton Ackley of Stratford and Harry Ackley of Southport and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the Life Guidance staff at Atria Stratford where Larry resided for the past two years for their care and support of their father. The family also wishes to express their gratitude to the nursing staff and doctors on Schine 7, Bridgeport Hospital, for their excellent care, compassion and professionalism. We would especially like to recognize Gail, Sarita, Carissa, Jean, Marla, Eva and Barbara on Schine 7 for their compassionate and loving support of Dad and the family. Calling hours will be held on Friday January 8, 2010 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Dennis & D'Arcy Funeral Home, 2611 Main St. Stratford. Friends are invited to attend funeral services on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Peace Church with a Mass of Christian Burial. Military honors will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Scholarship Fund of the Lordship Father's Club, 2 Prospect Dr., Stratford, CT 06615. To offer online condolences please visit us at www.dennisanddarcy.com

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Dennis & D'Arcy Funeral Home
2611 Main Street  Stratford, CT 06615
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Published in Connecticut Post from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2010