Lawrence David Koczak

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).


Submitted by Sandy Wilson on
So sorry for your loss Kelly and Peter. Your Dad was a wonderful man beloved by many. Blessings from both me and his friend Bill Wilson.

Submitted by Taylor Beattie on
So sorry for your loss...Larry played a big role in my childhood growing up in Newcastle. I looked up to him as a great athlete, proud US Marine, and a good soul...

Submitted by Carrie Ann on
Your Father lives in you now Kelly, you are an image of him! I know how much you took care of him and what a kind soul your parents brought into this world if I knew sooner but god has a purpose and with your example nothing will ever take the place of the legend he past on to you. I'm grateful for everything he was known for because of the beautiful person you are and the sacrifices within. Please be strong and deal with your strength in due time and take one day at a time! Carrie Ann 115 Delaware Street

Submitted by Maureen Davis Murphy on
Please accept our sincere Sympathy in the loss of your Father. He was a wonderful , kind hearted Person.

Submitted by virginia garret... on
I grew up with larry on Delaware street....larry was one of the nicest person ive ever met...he would always stop and talk with you and ask about your family.....from the battery and the baseball games..the earle theater....and into high school....olde new castle has lost a great larry

Submitted by Scott Matthews on
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Kelly. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Submitted by Gary & Joan Phi... on
So very sorry. Mr. Kozak was an amazing man. Probably one of the friendliest people I've ever met. I will always remember him as my postman and greeting me with a smile every time I saw him.

Submitted by Terry Bloch (Cadia) on
Every time I saw your Dad he would ask me if he could do anything for me. I will remember his kind smile and the twinkle in his eyes. We both shared a laugh about our Hungarian backgrounds and the love of the food! Kelly, you have been in my thoughts and will be in my prayers. What a beautiful tribute you wrote for your Dad.

Submitted by Francis Ryan on
Kelly and Family, My deepest condolences are extended to you in the loss of your Father. I am honored to call Larry my best friend. We grew up together and attended school grades 1-12 at St. Peter's which was just a block "down the street". Many fond memories of Larry flood my memory and heart. We truly "played" together growing up. We played stick ball, wall ball, wire ball on Fifth St. and basketball, football and baseball at St. Peter's High School. Larry Koczak was an "honorable man" and one of the "good guys" that one encounters in life. In his aging years, all you had to do to bring out the real man was to ask about his Phyllis and his Kellly. His eyes would light up and he would give you that great smile. I am honored to call Larry Koczak my friend. I will miss him. Rest In Peace Larry. Francis "Wren" Ryan

Submitted by Linda Hanna on
Kelly, We are so sorry to learn of your Father's passing. We live downstate now and even though we get the paper, we are 3 months behind in reading it. He was a really nice man who always had a smile on his face. He loved you so much and was so very proud of you. Prayers for you and your family that you may find comfort in all the good memories. With much love & sympathy, Linda & Allan Hanna (Amy's parents from dance school many years ago)

Submitted by Rebecca on
My sincere condolence to you and your family during this time of sorrow. Grief can be so hard but our special memories  can help us to  cope. And so can John 5: 28, 29.