D'Elia Funeral Home

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Lawrence "Larry" Doyle

March 5, 1951September 5, 2020

Lawrence “Larry” Doyle passed away September 5, 2020 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after enduring a long and valiant fight with cancer and its many complications. Mr. Doyle was a 25-year veteran of the Lakewood Police Department, retiring as Detective. Larry was a 30-year member of the Lakewood Township Fire Company, Jr. Hose Company #3 working his way through the ranks to become Department Chief. He also was instrumental in founding the Lakewood Haz-Mat Team within the Department. Upon retiring from Lakewood Police and moving to Little Egg Harbor with his wife Martha, they joined the Berkeley Emergency Response Team – Station 85 and Larry ultimately served as Chief of the Haz-Mat Team. He also served as the President of the Ocean County Fire Chiefs Association. Larry loved to travel and fly fish throughout the United States. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son in law and uncle and will be greatly missed by all. Mr. Doyle is predeceased by his father Raymond Doyle, sister Rosanne Doyle, and Thelma and Dave Roop. Larry is survived by his beloved wife, Martha Maxwell-Doyle; sister and husband Muriel and John Turtora; nephew Jay Turtora (Vicki, Anthony and Vincente Turtora); three children: Bryan Doyle, Kirk Doyle (Monique Doyle), and Megan Nixon (Mark Nixon); and his grandchildren Preston, Liam, Caleb, Mikaela, and Mathew. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the New Jersey Firemen’s Home, 565 Lathrop Ave, Boonton, NJ 07005 or the National Park Foundation at: https://give.nationalparks.org/site/Donation2?df_id=1621&mfc_pref=T&1621.donation=form1 For further information or to post a tribute please visit www.deliafuneralhome.com.


  • Martha Doyle, Spouse
  • Kirk Doyle, Son

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Lenny Gatto

September 14, 2020

It all began in nursery school with a rubber fire truck, a rubber 18-wheeler, a tricycle, and a pedal-activated car. He threw the 18-wheeler at me, I threw the fire truck at him. We hit each other in the head. “Aunt” Thelma gently scolded us. We cried, we felt bad, we hugged and went back outside. He rode the tricycle, I jumped in the car. Our lifelong friendship was born.

We were apart during our grammar school years because he went to public school and I went to St. Mary’s. But then, Lakewood High School! The bad-ass nursery school brawlers were reunited! I sang and played the sax. He played the drums. He played with bands, as did I but inevitably, we joined forces. We played for parties, dances, and the icing on the cake was the Tony Grant Stars of Tomorrow TV Show from the Steel Pier. We thought we were hot stuff. And there’s also a little story about me under the boardwalk that Larry NEVER let me forget, not even at my daughter’s wedding! But that’s a story for another time over a cup of coffee.

Larry’s dad was a Lakewood Police Detective. When Larry and I rode around for hours in Maxine, Larry’s blue car, he talked non-stop about someday being a firefighter and a cop. After my first year of college, I joined the Navy and Larry pursued his dream.

I think it was 1972 when Larry joined me and two Navy buddies for a recording session of my original songs.

In 1975, Larry was at my wedding, but I was out of the country during the next 23 years. I returned in 1999 with my wife and three daughters (who were well-aware of mine and Larry’s shenanigans as teens). They affectionately called him “Uncle Larry”. In 2005, Larry was the first person outside of our immediate family who came to the house to console us after my wife died.

Life takes over and we don’t often get a chance to see our friends all that often. Such was the case with Lenny & Larry, but we still kept in touch. I couldn’t ask for a better friend.

I will certainly miss him.

Francis Hines

September 10, 2020

Larry was and always shall be my Guru of Haz-Mat. He is the reason Haz-Mat became my passion. Few others will ever match his background and knowledge. My Instructor, Team Member, Mentor and Friend. I am heartbroken. Emergency Services has lost one of the best.


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