Lawrence J. Desimone
June 20, 1923 - August 2, 2012
Lawrence J. Desimone died on Thursday, August 2nd at Stony Brook University
Hospital surrounded by his family. Lawrence was the youngest of four children
born to Innocennzo "James" Desimone and Elizabeth Walsh Desimone in Medford, MA.
Siblings were William, Elizabeth, and Victor. As a young boy, his family moved
to Baldwin and his father was remarried to Josephine adding step-siblings Rose
and Phillip Sarubbi and James and Mary Desimone.
As a kid in Baldwin, Larry became an exceptional athlete, especially on the
baseball field and basketball court. After enlisting in the Navy, serving as an
air gunner on the S.S. Ticonderoga during WWII, he moved to Hicksville and
parlayed his talent for, and love of, athletics into a career. He received a
B.S. from LIU, an M.S. from NYU (both in Physical Education) and spent numerous
years as a beloved Phys. Ed. teacher, Coach, and Athletic Director in the
Levittown School District until his retirement in 1980. During this time he also
served as the President of the Nassau County Basketball Coaches, Nassau County
Boys and Girls Athletic Programs, Nassau County Administrators of Health,
Physical Ed., and Recreation, and was instrumental in the formation of the
Levittown Youth Baseball program. Also during his tenure at Levittown, his
Basketball teams consistently won awards for sportsmanship, inspiring both
community spirit and legends, most recently chronicled in Long Island Monthly
Magazine's 1990 article "The Dream Season".
Larry was also a fixture at Pierce Counrty Day Camp in Mineola and a devoted
father to his five children: Diana Motschenbacher (Harry) of Hauppauge, Janice
of California, Wayne (Sue) of Manhasset, Paul (Patty) of Plainview, and Tricia
Panasci (Frank) of Wading River.
When he retired, Larry and wife, Rosemary, moved to Shoreham, but he hardly
slowed down, serving as Treasurer of the Retired School Administrators and
Supervisors and a member of the Section VIII appeals and protests committee.
Larry also continued his athletic pursuits, playing competitively in the Senior
Softball league, with whom he won the World Series in 1990. In 1997 his was
inducted into the softball Hall of Fame for his achievements in the Jones Beach
Fast-Pitch Softball league, including 1952 Most Valuable Player honors.
In addition to his wife and five children, he is survived by his sister Mary
Desimone Cordella (Fred) of Setauket, 12 grandchildren, and 7
great-grandchildren. He is pre-deceased by one grandson. Wake will be held at
O.B. Davis in Miller Place Saturday evening 7-9 and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9. Funeral
Mass Monday, 10 a.m. at Saint John the Baptist R.C. Church, Wading River.
Interment will follow at Calverton National Cemetery.
Click Here for a Great Tribute to Coach Desimone
Click Here to View Complete Guest Book
LMHS COMMENTS &
The following emai was
sent to Bob Benson and other classmates from the class of 1959 from Max Pozin.
Max also attached an email from Bob Eldi of that class. His suggestion of
stories about Mr. DeSimone is also open to our class. I can put them on our
tribute page and Bob can forward them to Max or Bob Eldi so that his family can
I RECEIVED THIS NOTE FROM BOB ELDI REGARDING MR. DESIMONE, QUITE INTERESTING
THAT BOB BUMPED INTO HIM 24 YEARS AFTER GRADUATION ON A PLANE AND MR. DESIMONE
REMEMBERED HIM, I ALSO RECEIVED REALLY NICE WORDS FROM MIKE DELMONTE ABOUT MR,
DESIMONE, I AM NOW SURE THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE FROM OUR CLASS HAS A MR. DESIMONE
BOB ELDI CAME UP WITH A GREAT IDEA AND IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO SHARE A MR.
DESIMONE STORY JUST SEND IT TO ME AND I WILL FORWARD IT TO BOB AND HE IS GOING
TO PUT TOGETHER ALL THE STORIES AND FORWARD IT ON TO MR. DESIMONES WIFE AND
FAMILY BOTH BOB AND I FEEL THAT IT WOULD BE A REAL TRIBUTE TO HIM AND HIS FAMILY
WILL SEE HOW MANY LIVES HE TOUCHED.
SO TAKE A FEW MOMENTS OF YOUR TIME TO SIT DOWN AND JOT DOWN YOUR MEMORIES AND
SEND THEM ON TO ME.
ALSO BOB BENSON IF YOU WANT TO PASS THIS INFO ON TO THE CLASS OF 61 THEY MIGHT
WANT TO DO THE SAME THING OR THEY ALSO CAN SEND ME THE STORIES.
MAX POZIN on 8/6
Hi again Marcy,
Here's picture of Mr. Desimone and a group of boys for his tribute page .
The picture was probably from the very early 50s, judging by my brother's
age. It was taken by the Wisdom Lane Quonset Hut.
My brother Ira is the boy on the top left of the pyramid. I THINK the boy
on the top right is Tommy Smith 61 (but he may have gone to Division for HS)
From Rona Selsky on 8/4
Most of us knew one dimension of Coach Desimone. The Memorial
Tribute shows many other dimensions to his life. He had a long and good life and
he will be missed by many - family, friends and people he touched along the way.
In the end, I think that is the most important thing in life!
Bob Benson - Class of LMHS 59 on 8/4