Lawrence David Koczak, age 78, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 with his family by his side.
Born in Parkersburg, West Virginia on April 24, 1939, Larry was a son of the late John and Grace (Borosh) Koczak.
He will be remembered as an incredible athlete and competitor, dedicated public servant, loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and loyal friend and will be dearly missed. Above all, the family is comforted in knowing that he and his dear wife Phyllis are together again.
A lifetime resident of New Castle, Larry grew up above “The Earle,” the beloved neighborhood movie theater that his father John and mother Grace owned and operated for more than 36 years. A graduate of St. Peter’s High School, Larry attended Michigan State University and made his career with the U.S Postal Service. He also owned and operated the Captain’s Log tavern and restaurant in town with his brother Jimmy in the 1970s and early 1980s.
Larry was also known for his great “love of the game” and his great athletic talents. He played semi-professional football for numerous teams in the 1960s and 70s, including the Aston Knights and the Wilmington Clippers.
In 1992, Larry was elected to the Trustees of New Castle Common, and served a 12-year term, including as vice president in 1995. He was particularly proud of being able to support such valuable community resources as the New Castle Public Library, Goodwill Fire Company and Battery Park.
In addition to his father John, mother Grace, and wife Phyllis, Larry is predeceased by four brothers, Richard, Robert, Eugene and James, and a sister, Wilma (Cahill). He is survived by his daughter Kelly (McCurdy) and her husband, Peter, both of New Castle, as well as many nieces, nephews, friends and family too numerous to name but never forgotten.
Family and friends are invited to a mass of Christian burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter The Apostle Catholic Church located at Fifth and Harmony Streets, New Castle on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Friends may also call at the church from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in Larry's memory to the New Castle Public Library (424 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE 19720).