Lawrence Joseph Deschaine 84, loving and loyal husband to Barbara Lou (Tyminski) Deschaine, died at Bristol Hospital on February 21, 2021 from complications of COVID-19. He was born in Bristol, CT on October 24, 1936 to Remie and Rosanne Cyr Bouchard Deschaine. He outlived his wife by a short 17 days, both having tested positive for COVID-19 at the same time. He was at her bedside (as both were patients in the ICU) as she passed. An athletic and physically strong individual, he was never able to regain his health from this devastating, community spread virus.
He lived in the Bristol, CT area his entire life (except for living in Maine for part of his teenage years). He joined Carey’s Cadets Fife and Drum Corps company where he played the drums. After high school graduation, he joined the Air Force and proudly served our country. Lawrence (Larry) married Barbara Lou Tyminski on November 9, 1957 while on weekend leave from the Air Force.
He pursued his teaching degree at CCSU and obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree while working at Sears & Roebuck. He began teaching at the Alternative School in Waterbury, first as the auto shop teacher and then as principal. He was much loved by the students; the school yearbook was co-dedicated to him in 1978.
Larry continued his love for softball his entire life and played it in several Senior leagues until just before his death; he was training for playing in this upcoming season. He was a top player of his game; he was inducted into both the Connecticut and National Softball Halls of Fame. He was 4th Degree in the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed singing in the choir at Mass with his son serving as clergy on the altar. He also enjoyed classic cars, hunting and fishing with his family.
Larry served the Town of Plymouth as a member of the Town Council, the Republican Town Committee and as an alternate on the Planning and Zoning Commission for two years before becoming a regular member, and serving 13 years where he was the Vice-Chairman. Larry’s service was recognized by the Connecticut Federation of Planning & Zoning Agencies in 2017 for 12 years of service. He also served as a Constable.
He leaves behind his daughter and son-in-law Kim Renee & Craig Thompson, his son and daughter-in-law Larry M. & Kim Ann Deschaine, a grandson and his wife Michael and Amanda Thompson, two half-brothers, Joe Deschaine & his wife Linda, and Jamie Deschaine. He also leaves several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He leaves behind neighbors, past and present, with whom he and Barbara had solid friendships for many years.
He is predeceased by his wife Barbara (also a COVID causality), his sister Shirley Mae Martz, and his mother and father.
Larry’s family would like to thank the Doctors, Nurses, staff, and volunteers that serve in the Bristol Hospital ICU and Hospice care. You will never know how your kindnesses helped us through this difficult time. To you it is more than a job, it is about loving people.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, an on-line only memorial service will be held on March 10th at 11:30 AM in the Holy Family Chapel at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston, Pastoral Center, 901 Orange Grove Road Charleston, SC. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone will be presiding. The mass will be lived-streamed. You may watch it on their website (https://charlestondiocese.org/ ) or via their Facebook page: (https://www.facebook.com/DioceseChas/" https://www.facebook.com/DioceseChas/ )
The Rite of Christian Burial will be performed in Edgefield, SC by his son, Permanent Deacon Larry M. Deschaine, PhD. Lawrence (Larry) and his wife Barbara will both be buried at this time at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Edgefield, South Carolina. The time will be announced later as it will be postponed until such time when it is declared safe to travel so that family and friends may attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Knights of Columbus (https://www.kofc.org/secure/en/donate/index.html).
Scott Funeral Home, 169 Main St., Terryville is assisting the family with arrangements. http://www.scottfuneralhomeinc.com