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Lawrence (Larry) J. Conway

Calling hours at the Wrisley Funeral Home , South Deerfield will be held Friday, Oct 16, 2015 from 4PM -7PM.

Amherst - Lawrence (Larry) J. Conway, 78, passed away Friday, October 9, at the VA  Medical Center in Buffalo, NY with his daughters by his side. Lawrence was born October 11, 1936 in Brattleboro, VT, to the late Marjorie (Vigneau) Mason and James Conway.  He graduated from Greenfield High School and attended Kimball Union Academy as a post graduate.  At the University of Massachusetts, Larry majored in English and minored in History.  Following 18 months of active duty as a 2nd Lieutenant at Fort Knox, KY, he began his teaching career at Old Rochester Regional School in Mattapoisett, MA.  After three years, he became an English teacher at Frontier Regional School in South Deerfield where he taught for the next 33 years.  While at Frontier, he directed three dramatic productions, and for a time, chaired the English Department, coached football, cross country, and track and As School Match Wits teams.   He was an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher, who taught courses such as Drama, Poetry, Speech, and Short Fiction and Essay.   After retirement, Larry worked periodically as a substitute teacher and as a scorer for National Evaluation Systems.

 

Larry married his high school sweetheart, Beverly Bedaw on April 20, 1960. They made their home in Conway for nearly 40 years where they raised their three daughters.   Living in the center of town, Larry could often be spotted in his yard, either reading in a chaise lounge under the apple trees, mowing his lawn with his push mower or up on a ladder, scrapping or painting the house.  In 2010, Larry moved to Amherst where he frequented Starbucks, Amherst Coffee, and Amherst Books on a regular basis.

 

Larry was an avid reader and book collector, with interests ranging from politics to poetry and from historical biographies to Russian literature. When he didn’t have a book in his hand, he had a bat or ball as he played with his grandchildren. He rarely missed a hockey, baseball, soccer game or swim meet. Larry usually ended his days with a bowl of ice cream watching a classic movie or TV show, with Cheers being one of his favorites. Larry also had a great appreciation for classical music, listening to it as he prepared for his classes, while he graded papers at home, or drove in his car.

 

Larry will be remembered by his family, friends, and former students for his wit, intelligence, sense of humor, generosity and passion for books.  He will also be remembered for his thoughtful letters and cards through which he stayed in touch with so many people.

 

Larry was pre-deceased by his wife Beverly, his parents, and two brothers, Paul Conway and William Mason. He is survived by his three daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn and Jack Greguoli of West Springfield, Colleen and Jason Venditti of Hadley, and Suzanne Conway-Keppard and Barry Keppard of Belmont, MA. He leaves behind five wonderful grandchildren to whom he was totally devoted, Matthew Olszewski, Benjamin and Nicholas Greguoli, Jared and Daisy Venditti and his cousin Francis Conway who was like a brother to him.  

Calling hours at the Wrisley Funeral Home , South Deerfield will be held Friday, Oct 16, 2015 from 4PM -7PM. Donations in Larry’s memory may be made to Death with Dignity at www.deathwithdignity.org or to the Jones Library in Amherst, Mass.

The family plans to have a celebration of Life event in the near future.

Expressions of Sympathy are available at: www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com