James Larry Foy, Larry to his friends and colleagues, of Ashford, CT, passed away the early morning of September 1, 2014 with his son Brendan at his side. He was 65. Larry was born October 29, 1948 at Providence Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina to William Rutherford Foy and Jacqueline E. Foy. Shortly after his birth, Larry was relocated to West Hartford, Connecticut with his family and later moved to Hartford on New Britain Avenue where he made many fond childhood memories. His family moved yet again to East Hartford where Larry graduated from George J. Penney High School. Larry went on to earn his B.A. from Western Connecticut State University in 1974 where, as a member of the debate team, he had fond memories of taking on the ivy league competition. In 1977, Larry earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut and served as a law clerk to Fleming James, Jr., a mentor of his. From 1977 to 1980, Larry was Assistant General Counsel to the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations where he investigated and mediated over 400 unfair labor practice and representation disputes. From January, 1980 to November, 1988, Larry was General Counsel to the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations where he advised the board, wrote its decisions and/or defended those decisions in court in over 500 unfair labor practice and representation cases. Since 1979 Larry has privately arbitrated over 2,000 grievance arbitrations in the public and private sectors throughout New England. He has arbitrated over 400 municipal, teacher and state employee interest arbitration disputes. Larry has mediated over 1,000 collective bargaining contract negotiations between boards of education and bargaining units of certified teachers and/or administrators. Larry is survived by his wife of 36 years, Shirley Foy, his six children: Eric Joseph Foy, Melissa Marion Foy, Brendan James Foy, Tara Patricia Foy, Kelly Elizabeth Gates, and Ashley Heather Foy-Tervoort; his five grandchildren Emma Grace Foy, Logan Gunnar Foy, Olivia Catherine Foy, Sofia Linnea Gates, and Gunnar George Gates; his two son in laws Mathew Gates and Daniel Tervoort, and his two nephews Michael Foy, Jr. and Matthew Foy. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Lionel Foy and his nephew Mark Foy. Aside from Larry's devotion to his family and profession, his passion was fishing and the outdoors. He was a history buff and his intellectual curiosity covered a broad range of subjects. His dream growing up was to be a park ranger. Integrity, hard work, and generosity are the best words to describe who Larry was as a man. He was a firm believer in the rule of law and due process for all. Larry took pride in his work and took his impartiality and ethical duties very seriously. He was a superlative writer and were he with us today he would be editing this obituary. A child could not ask for a better role model as a father. He is loved and will be sorely missed. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, September 6, at Christ Church located at 568 College Highway, Southwick Massachusetts.
Published in Hartford Courant on Sep. 5, 2014.