Matthew J. HURLOCK
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HURLOCK, Matthew J.

After fighting a yearlong battle with cancer, Matthew J. Hurlock passed away at home, in Coventry, with family at his side on July 6, 2011. He was born on April 21, 1972 in Rockville; he was the son of Huber and Cynthia (Leveille) Hurlock of Coventry and grew up in Mansfield graduating from E. O. Smith High School in 1990. He was motivated to excel in the Physical Education program at Springfield College where he graduated in 1994. That fall he started teaching elementary physical education in Coventry and has continued there in the school system until the fall of 2010. During his teaching he found time to get a Masters Degree in Counseling from Central Connecticut State University. His family and coaching boy's basketball and girl's volleyball at Coventry High School were his passions. He helped develop and run summer programs for younger children to develop skills in ball handling and teamwork to get confidant and motivated players entering high school. Though winning was better than losing his goals were to develop player self esteem, teamwork, and work ethic. He coached basketball from 1997 thru 2009 with four conference championships and three conference tournament championships along the way. He started the volleyball program in 2001 and won small school State Championships seven of the last eight years including last year during cancer treatments. He was awarded High School Coach of the Year for Girls Volleyball in 2008 by the CT Sports Writers Alliance and was named Girl's Volleyball Coach of the Year in 2010 by the CT High School Coaches Association. He is survived by his wife, Julie, son Colby (4) and daughter Katelyn (3) and their memories of family time at home, at the shore, at local play areas and town Saturday kids programs and a recent trip to Disney World. He is also survived by his twin brother Michael Hurlock of Mansfield; and sister and brother in-law Stacey and Michael Carl and their 2 children Lindsey (4) and Jacob (2) of Coventry. The family wishes to thank all friends, neighbors, and the community for their thoughts, prayers, and kindness during this past year.
Relatives and friends are welcomed on Sunday, July 10, 2011 for "A Celebration of Life" at the Tolland Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Merrow Road (Rt 195), Tolland, CT 06084 from 2-6 p.m. Burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, or the Hurlock Family Fund at the Rockville Bank, 1671 Boston Tpke (Rt 44), Coventry, CT 06238. For online condolences, please visit

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Published in Hartford Courant on Jul. 8, 2011.
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August 22, 2011
My condolences to Matt's family - he was an incredible mentor and friend, playing volleyball with him and John Roberts on the courts at UConn were some of the best days. I'm so sorry for your (and everyone's) loss. Truly a great guy, and he touched a lot of lives.
Michael McChesney
August 1, 2011
Wow, Mr. Hurlock had been my P.E. teacher on and off from 3rd grade to 7th grade. I remember when his wife had just had Colby and how ecsited he was. I was never the athletic type of child but Mr. Hurlock was always supporting me in gym class. My deepest sympathies to his wife and his children. You will forever be in my prayers
Sarah Heck
July 26, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to the family.Matt will always be an inspiration to us.Sincerely Skip,Barbara,Dina,Bonnie,and Hunter Spencer.
July 23, 2011
My deepest sympathies to all the family. I am sooo Sorry to hear about your loss!! His memories will always be in your heart.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sarah Sturges
July 15, 2011
Whenever I saw Coventry HS on my schedule, I was a very happy Referee. I respected Matt. and he was a true gentleman, advocate for his players, and good sport. I will miss him on the sidelines of the great sport that we shared. My sincere condolences to his family, his teams and those that loved him. He will be sorely missed.
James P. Murphy
CT Board #6, IAABO
James Murphy
July 14, 2011
Harvey, David, Douglas and I extend our deepest sympathies to all of you. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Mary Luce
July 14, 2011
Mr. Hurlock was a PE teacher to all three of our daughters in the Coventry school system. He was a kind person and an excellent role model for the children. He is greatly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Kozuch Family
July 12, 2011
Coach Hurlock and his Husky HP Volleyball team 2010
Coach Hurlock taught my daughter that it's not only ok to make mistakes but that it's a critical part of learning to excel at the sport they both love, volleyball. He was the kind of coach who didn't give out meaningless praise but when he complimented his players, they felt they had earned it. He was the kind of coach who comes into an athlete's life once in a great while who taught skills (athletic, teamwork, self esteem, the value of hardwork and dedication, and so much more) skills that will last a lifetime. He leaves a legacy of accomplishment that few can match and is sorely missed.

Our thoughts are with your family.
beth manley
July 12, 2011
He will be dearly missed but never forgotten. But sometimes we have to remember it's not goodbye it's only a new beginning. I'm so sorry for your loss!!
Emily Grenier
July 11, 2011
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with your family.

The Bushnell Family
Lori Bushnell
July 11, 2011
Hurlock Family,

I'm so sorry for your loss. Mr. Hurlock was a great teacher. He was looked up to by many students and a great influence to us kids.
-Katlyn Joyal
July 10, 2011
I went to school with Matt ,he was allways a great kid ,to his family sorry for your loss
Mike Clang
July 10, 2011
Dear Hurlock Family,
I am very sorry for your loss. I'll be forever grateful for Matt's friendship and encouragement to myself and all coaches he encountered. I pray God's peace at this very difficult time.
Don Flint
July 10, 2011
Coach Hurlock touched so many people. My sons were blessed by his influence, though their time spent together was brief. May he rest in peace, and may his family find comfort in his legacy, which will carry on through all of the students and parents who had the opportunity to know this great man.
Julie Parker
July 9, 2011
To the Hurlock Family

We are very sorry for your loss. Matt will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Austin and the Ives Family
July 9, 2011
I am very sorry for the lost of matt, I've known him since we were kids.also I will miss the many times I saw him while driving by his house he always waved. Or chatting on the bus to the away games. What a great coach and what he did for the kids in this town. He will be missed greatly. My thoughts and prayers go to julie, the kids, his brother and sister and his mom and dad
Susan Baxter
July 9, 2011
Stacey & Family,

You are in our thoughts and prayers. Please know we will always be there for you. Love, Kathie, Brian & D.J.
Kathie Reese
July 9, 2011
Julie and family:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. We are so sorry for your loss. I know that Matt fought a hard battle. I only met him once, but heard a lot of wonderful things about him. Brady loved him as his gym teacher and attending his summer camp. Our sympathy to all of you.
Connie & Doug Stein
July 9, 2011
Stacy: My deepest sympathy on the passing of your brother. May God give you the strength to get through this difficult time
Felicia Villeneuve
July 8, 2011
Matt was one of the most beloved teachers in our Coventry community, and will be most remembered for his kindness towards everyone he met. He will be sorely missed, but has left a wonderful legacy for all his students.
Our sympathy and love to Matt's family.
Karen&Richard Hendel
July 8, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. When Matt was hired in GHR was the year my daughter started kindergarten. Lea was one of the lucky ones to have grown with such a great man. Its seems he was always smiling not having a harsh word to say. So glad he was in our lives..
Karen Richman
July 8, 2011

For Mr. Hurlock and family. He will Be greatly missed <3
July 8, 2011
Matt accomplished so much in his short life. The Hurlock Family should be proud and honored. My heart goes out to you all. The hurt may be deep, but so is the love. Draw from it.
Melanie Weed
July 8, 2011
My thoughts are with you all, Mike and family. May all the good support works your brother and son provided in the world, surround you during this challenging time of loss and grief. May your hearts be protected and full of the love that is so obviously a part of your family. Blessings from my family to yours.
julie liefeld
July 8, 2011
Dear Mr. Hurlock and family,

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad loss. Mr. Hurlock was a wonderful example to children to follow your dreams, like he did. His smile always lit up the room, and he NEVER was sad when working with his students. He was the best motivated when it came to his students. Mr. Hurlock will be greatly missed by all the students at C.N.H.M.S.
Mr Hurlock, I love you and miss you. Never forget that.
You guys will remain in my thoughts and prayers
Jen Robert
July 8, 2011
I am very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Heidi Tucker Bolduk
July 8, 2011
My deepest sympathy to all of Matt's family & friends. I got to know Matt when he first started working at GHR and will always remember the shrieks of joy emanating from the gym when he had the kids playing space invaders! He will greatly missed by all in the community.
Mary Suter
July 8, 2011
Mr. Hurlock was an amazing teacher, mentor, coach and friend. He taught all of his students many memories that we will cary with us for the rest of our lives. He will be missed by many but never forgotten. The rest of the family are in our hearts.
Erin Dreselly
July 8, 2011
We are so very sorry for you loss. You will be kept in our thoughts and prayers.
Love from all of the teachers and children at Coventry Kids Center
July 8, 2011
R.I.P. Matt. Your legacy will live in your children, and in all the Coventry kids you taught and played their hearts out for you. You are bigger than life, and you will never, ever be forgotten. You changed our lives for the better and made this world a better place. We will miss you. What he has done for Coventry sports and more importantly the development of so many strong young women will be his legacy.

Julie and family, we are so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in all the words from those who loved and respected Matt so much. He made a huge impact on the lives of so many young people and their parents in his short time with us. It is a priviledge and honor to have known him. You and your family will always be in our thoughts and prayers.

Chuck and Erin Forst
Samantha, Jessica, and Jonathan Forst
Erin Forst
July 8, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Matt was one of the best coaches for our sport of volleyball. He will be missed. (Victor Rivera)
Victor Rivera
July 8, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hurlock family at this time. Matt was an amazing person who will be missed by all who have been touched by his compassion and understanding. May he rest in peace.
Murrell Gionfriddo
July 8, 2011
I knew Matt just from doing his banking for him at People's in Storrs but his love and dedication to his teams was ALWAYS apparent in the joy on his face when he talked about them.

To his family and ALL the people who's life he touched, I am sincerely sorry for your loss but he will live on through you all!
Tory MacDonald
July 8, 2011
My prayers and heartfelt condolences to all of Matt's family and friends. Matt was a co-worker at CNHMS; he was a kind and gentle soul who will be missed greatly.
Mary Arnini
July 8, 2011
I first 'met' Matt in 1998, at the Coventry High School academic awards ceremony, where, on very short notice, he 'stepped-up' and gave an inspiring address, speaking of his twin brother. People listened. Trust me. People listened.

I am truly thankful that he and Julie chose to make their home in our neighborhood.
Brian Riordan
July 8, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with Matt's family and friends. I will miss Matt on the sidelines but I will carry many memories of Sat. morning scrimmages his interaction with his players and many laughs. What he instilled in many former players and students will live on.

Shawn Lawton
Ct. Board#6
shawn lawton
July 8, 2011
thoughts and prayers for your family
from the joyal family
July 8, 2011
My prayers and thoughts are with all of you in this sad time.
Stacey - we're thinking of you. ginger
Ginger Goddu
July 8, 2011
Stacey & Family,

So sorry for your loss. Stacey please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Debbie Tetreault
Co-Worker @ Hartford Hospital
Debbie Tetreault
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