Laurent H. "Larry" Bouley Sr.

Lisbon - Laurent H. "Larry" Bouley Sr., 89, passed away at the Villa Maria in Plainfield on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, to be with his loving God.

Larry leaves behind the love of his life Irene (Semancik) Bouley. They were married in St. John's Church, Athens, Ga. on June 11, 1946 and would have celebrated their 67th anniversary this year.

Born on March 10, 1923, in Plainfield, he was the son of the late William H. Bouley and Blanche (MarcAurele) Bouley.

He was also predeceased by two brothers, Gilbert J. Bouley and wife, Elizabeth, of Weymouth, Mass. and William L. Bouley and wife, Lucille, of Stuart, Fla.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by the pride and joys of his life, daughter, Laurie Bouley Cormier; and son, Laurent H. "Larry" Bouley Jr. and his wife, Karen; also granddaughter, Haley Irene Cormier; and grandson, Bryce Francis Cormier, who were a bright light in his life; and a sister, Annette (Bouley) Shackett of Vermont. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Andrew Semancik III, and wife, Lisa, of Pomfret Center, Steve Semancik and wife, Caroline, of Gaithersburg, Md., Gilbert Bouley Jr. and wife, Linda, of Virginia Beach, Va., Robert Bouley and wife, Candace, of Wellesley, Mass., Jane Bouley-Moher of Austin, Texas, Richard Bouley and David Bouley of Weymouth, Mass.; also, nieces and nephew, Kimberly, Karen, Keith, Michelle, Jill, and Paulette, John Semancik Jr. of East Hartford, Richard Semancik of Grantville, Pa., and Susan Semancik of Snow Hill, Md.

Larry attended St. Mary's School, Jewett City; Norwich Free Academy and LaSalle Military Academy, Long Island, N.Y. He was a member of the football and track teams and competed as a sprinter both in the Penn Relays in Philadelphia and the National Prep School Championships in Madison Square Garden, N.Y. He won the School Boy Hall of Fame Award in 1941 after the National Track Championships meet in Madison Square Garden. He attended Boston College and played in the Orange Bowl as a freshman on Jan. 1, 1943.

After the Orange Bowl game, Larry enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the infantry during World War II. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he continued his education at the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., where he earned his bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in administration. He then received a sixth year certificate in school administration from the University of Connecticut. While at the University of Georgia, he was a member of three football bowl teams - Oil Bowl, Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl.

After graduation, Larry coached football at the University of Georgia and Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga. He then returned to his native New England where he coached at Bloomfield High School, Bloomfield, N.J. and then Brown University, Providence, R.I. He worked as dean of students and head football coach at the Norwich Free Academy for many years. In 1961, his football team won the Capitol District Conference title. Later he was superintendent/principal at Lisbon Central School before his retirement from the field of education. He then went on to work for the Connecticut Division of Special Revenue for 10 years, prior to complete retirement.

Larry has been a lifelong member of St. Mary's Parish, Jewett City, and a retired member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society. He is a life member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and a member of the Retired Teachers of Connecticut; Connecticut School Superintendent's Association; N Club of NFA; Varsity Club of Boston College, Varsity Club of the University of Georgia; the Norwich Sports Hall of Fame (1971). He was recognized by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association for Outstanding and Devoted Service to NFA football (1953-1966).

Larry and his wife Irene travelled extensively throughout the United States and Europe. His Hobbies included fishing, travel, hunting, reading and watching football and baseball games. They wintered in North Fort Myers, Fla. for many years and attended many Red Sox spring training games at the City of Palms Park.

Calling hours will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, at the Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home, 490 Voluntown Road, Jewett City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, at St. Mary Church, Jewett City. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Lisbon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Larry's name to St. Mary Church of the Rosary, 34 North Main S., Jewett City, CT 06351 or the NFA Foundation, 305 Broadway, Norwich, CT 06360.

Published in The Day on Jan. 17, 2013