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 www.pietrasfuneralhome.com