OBITUARY

Irving Charles LaMay

March 18, 1932April 5, 2019
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Irving Charles LaMay of Old Lyme, passed away on April 5, 2019.

He was born on March 18, 1932, in Old Saybrook, the son of Irving J. LaMay and Eunice Warner LaMay. He was predeceased by his wife of 43 years, Barbara Beakey LaMay.

Irv was a veteran of The United States Air Force, serving during the Korean War. He attended the University of Colorado in Denver and, on returning to Old Saybrook, he went to work for his father at LaMay Construction Company which he and his brother Dick continued to run until his retirement. Irv was a member of the Connecticut Road Builders Association, a member and past President of the Old Saybrook Rotary, Chamber of Commerce and Old Saybrook Exchange Club. He coached Little League Baseball and served as President of Old Saybrook Youth Football. He was a veteran member of the Old Saybrook Fire Department and a member of the V.F.W. and American Legion.

He is survived by his partner of 19 years Carmella Van Benthuysen of Syracuse, NY; children Lois Haag and her husband George of East Haddam, David LaMay and his wife Linda of Old Saybrook, and Paul LaMay and his wife Jane of Chalfont, PA; grandchildren Lyndsey, Sam, Danielle, Emily, and Ben; great grandchildren Ella, Logan, and Olivia. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his siblings Lois, Robert, and Richard.

Calling hours will be held on Friday April 12th from 5-8pm at Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 13th at 10am at St. John Church, 161 Main St., Old Saybook. Burial with military honors will follow at Cypress Cemetery, Old Saybrook. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Old Saybrook Fire Department, the Connecticut Special Olympics, or simply invite a friend out to lunch and keep your loved ones close.

Services

  • Calling Hours Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, April 13, 2019
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Irving Charles LaMay

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Kym Sheehan(Koritkowski)

April 9, 2019

Lois, David& Paul-hugs to all. Having spent so much time at your home growing up and Lois at mine, there are so many memories. I have to say that Irv was a dad to us all. He fed us, scolded us, treated us all and never thought twice about making kids feel at home-except for the time Lois had a party and we trashed the house and everyone was afraid to go over for a while. We were eventually chastised appropriately and life went on We all loved Irv and his kindness- that's how I have always thought of him and always will. A piece o f your heart may be gone, but you each carry a little bit of him within you and a lifetime of love and laughter in memory. Love ya all.

Meg Dermody

April 9, 2019

Uncle Irv was like a kid when we visited, loved to show us his musical piano!
Most kind hearted and loved man. God bless you, rest in peace
Love you, Meg

Michael O'Herlihy

April 8, 2019

Lois, David and Paul. To little time, to many memories. I loved your dad. He was a special guy. Just one
"Irv Story". Irv and Barb of course lived in Old Lye for a long time. In the 80's I was working at McNulty's in Old Saybrook which was on a different cable Saybrook system with a different schedule. Well, we use to watch Jeopardy the afternoon at the bar. To make a long story short, Irv figured out that if we could get the final Jeopardy answer in the morning in Old Lyme, we could bet and win drinks while watching the afternoon version (Final Jeopardy) at the bar. It worked for about a day. This simple idea put Irv in the genious category for me. Irv was one in a million and I will miss him. RIP my friend.

Michael, Ellen and Kiernan O'Herlihy

MICHAEL ALEXANDER

April 8, 2019

Thoughts and prayers with you and your family Paul.

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