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Lawrence H. "Larry" Fawcett, age 75 of Millville, passed away Tuesday evening, September 19, 2023 at Inspira Medical Center in Vineland.
Larry was born to Doris and Leroy Fawcett, October 11, 1947. He was born and raised in Millville where he had fond memories of the Middle Ave. neighborhood. He graduated Millville High School in 1966, when he enlisted in the US Army. Larry faithfully served his country and returned to Millville, where he met the love of his life “Gert,” who he married and spent 52 wonderful years with. In 1971 Larry began his career as a Senior Correction Officer at Bayside State Prison. Larry met many great lifelong friends during his time at Bayside. During this time Larry was very active in Millville Sports raising his two children Larry and T. He was a coach for Millville Soccer Association, Millville American Little League, and Millville Babe Ruth. During his time in sports, he was always involved to the fullest, doing whatever needed to be done for the youth of Millville. During his time at Babe Ruth Larry was very instrumental and played a large role in the transformation of Ewan Field, and the planning that allowed Millville to host the first ever Babe Ruth World Series. He then coached a team in that World Series. Larry retired from the Department of Corrections and assumed a job with the City of Millville. He proudly maintained all the youth recreation fields in the summer months for many years. He was also an umpire for various youth baseball leagues for several years. Continuing to give back to youth sports of Millville, Larry spent many years assisting with the Rob Shannon Softball Tournament, and any other fundraising event his good friend, Rob, was involved in.
While doing all this Larry still found time to be a member of the Wednesday Night Fun Bowling League, and a well-respected pitcher in the Millville Softball League. He was known to miss a day of work here and there after having a few cold ones with his friends. He was a member of the Millville Elks Lodge, where he received the Malcolm J Beebe volunteerism to youth sports award. Larry was also a life member of NJ PBA Local 105, Millville Eagles, and the Venatores Gun Club.
Larry’s favorite pastime was being a die-hard Eagles fan and assisting Santa Claus to fulfill children's wishes at Christmas time. Larry helped Santa for many years with countless organizations and groups. He touched many young lives and made Christmas for children the best ever.
He was predeceased by his father Leroy Fawcett, mother Doris Semus, step father, John Semus, mother and father in law, Pete and Eleanor Kerley, brothers in law, Ron Massie, Peter Kerley, sister in law, Theresa Plunk, and nephew Skip Massie. He was also predeceased by his many canine companions.
Larry is survived by his wife Eileen, sister, Nancy Massie, two children Larry (Tracy) and Terry (Jennifer), three grandchildren, Scott Haley (Keri), Trevor and Madeline Fawcett, and one great grandchild, Jackson Haley. He is also survived by one sister in law Pauline Bell, four brothers in law, Patrick (Celeste), Charles (Maria), Michael (Michele) Kerley, and Steve Plunk, step brothers, Joe and Mark Semus, a step sister Patricia Hofferica and family, and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at the Parish of All Saints, Buck and Depot Streets, Millville. Family and friends will be received from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, September 25, 2023 and Tuesday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Christy Funeral Home, 11 W. Broad Street, Millville. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests memorial contributions to the Food Bank at the Parish of All Saints, 621 Dock Street, Millville, NJ 08332.
Memories and expressions of sympathy for Lawrence Fawcett may be shared at www.christyfuneralhome.com.