Lawrence Voelker
1928 - 2015
Dery Funeral Home
54 Bradford Street
Pittsfield, MA
Lawrence L. "Larry" Voelker

1928 - 2015 LENOX On September 29th Lawrence L. "Larry" Voelker, rode his last alpine chairlift to the top of a beautiful snowcapped mountain blanketed in loving light. He was surrounded in spirit of his family and friends that loved him. Larry was born in Cumberland, RI on April 20, 1928. He was an only child, raised by his late loving mother Eliza Voelker. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island (URI) in 1948 with a degree in electrical engineering where he also started the first ski team. He was licensed in all areas of engineering with a focus on mechanical and electrical and spent much of his working career at General Electric in Pittsfield MA. He started his successful professional engineering consulting business in 1988. Larry was an athlete and an avid skier. He was a ski instructor at the Bousquet ski area for many years where he taught his four children how to ski. He was a certified ski instructor and coach with the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) for over 25 years. For the last 25 years his passion was with the Masters Ski Racing league where he traveled New England and throughout the country enjoying competitive ski racing with many of his close friends. Larry not only enjoyed free skiing but also competed well into his 80s. He loved golf, playing tennis and ran many marathons including the Boston and NYC marathons. Larry will be remembered for his passion and intensity. Whatever endeavor or activity he engaged in he gave 110%. Let the mountain snow be plenty, the tennis ball be on the line, the golf ball fly straight to the green and the running miles be many. Larry lost his beloved wife, Alison, in October, 2008 and will be survived by his four children and six grandchildren; Gayle V. Brown and her husband, Paul and their children, Makenzie and Griffin (Fayston ,VT. Craig A. Voelker and his wife, Marcy and their daughters, Alina and Tess (Moorestown, NJ). Eric L. Voelker and his wife, Deborah (Denver, CO). Heidi Voelker and her husband, Tim Brennwald and their boys, Lucas and Stefan (Park City, UT). SERVICES: A celebration of his life will be held at the Pittsfield Country Club on Oct 25nd from 12 to 2:30p.m. Larry stories are encouraged. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bousquet Ski Club in care of Dery Funeral Home.

Published by The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 4, 2015.
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Celebration of Life
12:00p.m. - 2:30p.m.
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My condolences to the family. We all met once, in 1980 at Aunt Lorna's fiftieth anniversary party. I'm your father's first cousin, youngest child of Verna Long. It sounds like your father was a very special man with many passions in life.
Andrea Leyton
Kingston, Ontario
October 30, 2015
I met Larry on a chairlift at WVBBTS Master's training. In fact, I only spoke with Larry on a chairlift, race slope or lodge...but mostly on the lift. We had many deeply academic, spirited discussions ranging a wide array of topics that only geeks like me can appreciate. Larry knew a lot about a lot. At times I thought he was a political science professor, a ski technician, sports commentator or biophysics speculator. Apparently he was an engineer...who knew.

I truly appreciated the limited time I had with Larry. He embodied too many things to mention and yet I began to understand him very well in yet a matter of minutes. I was always heartened to see him on the slopes and even more impressed when he remembered me and the specifics of our last conversation...often separated by 6 months of summer weather.

Larry, I will miss you in ways that are unjust for the limited time I spent in your orbit. Be well on that snowy peak...I'll be there soon!

Hasan "Dewey" Duymazlar
January 24, 2016
My brother John and I stopped in to visit Larry in June at Kimball Farms and had a nice walk around the facility and talk with him. He certainly was a wonderful man and will be missed by all who knew him.

I had planned on stopping in to see you all this afternoon and unfortunately just missed it -

Our sincerest sympathy to all of you.

Bill, Sue, Heather Seely McDermott and John Seely
October 25, 2015
I am very sorry to hear of you dad's passing. I knew him as a boy growing up in Pittsfield. We shared the same neighborhood (I lived on Concord Pkwy). He and my dad worked at GE and then there was tennis. He was always so nice to us kids and was a man that we all respected. He was a man of standing in our community and set a good example of what youngsters should be when they grow up.
God's Blessings and peace to you all.
Ken Hydinger
October 11, 2015

To Gayle, Craig, Eric and Heidi,

So sorry to hear of your Dad"s passing. All of you will miss your most enthusiastic coach!
It has been many years since we last met but we have our memories of he and your Mom.
Phil and Maureen Daoust
Falmouth, Ma.
October 5, 2015
We'll miss your friendship, lust for life, and your competitive spirit on the masters tour. You leave many friends and fans, whom you have inspired over the many years of your involvement.
I send best regards to your wonderful family -.
Bill McCollom
October 5, 2015
Gayle, Craig, Eric and Heidi,
I am very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed talking about skiing and the old Emerson Ave. days with your Dad.
Carolyn Wade Barry
October 4, 2015
To the entire Voelker family,

I was saddened to learn that Larry had taken that last chairlift ride and although many years have passed since we taught skiing together,he was a mentor to me and the coach of the D-team which my sister,Gwen was a part of.
I will always remember him as a gentleman with a twinkle in his eye and the loss is heaven's gain.

He will be fondly remembered.

Judy Wayne
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Judy Wayne
October 4, 2015
Prayers for the Voelkers! I remember your dad so fondly and wish you peace in the days ahead!
Susan Gerlach
October 4, 2015
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