YARMOUTHPORT, Mass. – A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 14 in the First Congregational Church of Yarmouth for Louis Lavin, 97, who died at his home March 7, surrounded by his three children. Interment will be private.
A devoted family man, Louis was the beloved husband of the late Doris J. (Gochey) Lavin who died in 2012. They had been married for 70 years.
He was born in Montpelier, son of the late Genaro and Natividad (Guttierez) Lavin.
He graduated from Montpelier High School where he was an All New England basketball player and honor student. After starring on his high school baseball team, he went on to play semi-pro baseball with the Blue Devils and was offered a try-out with a major league farm team.
Louis served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 100th Division, Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 399th Division. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was proud to be a member of the Sons of Bitche. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant in 1945.
Louis worked for the State of Vermont Highway Department, becoming a Civil Engineer. After 22 years, he left the State to work for the Chemical Corporation as a salesman in the State of Vermont and as New England Sales Manager.
In 1976, Louis established his manufacturers’ representative agency, LND Sales, covering the six New England states for a variety of manufacturers in the Sanitary Maintenance industry. He was joined by his daughter, Nancy, after three years in the business and worked with her for ten years before retiring at age 72. He served on the Board of Directors for the New England Sanitary Supply Association and won various sales awards during his career.
After retiring, Louis and Doris spent time traveling, in the United States as well as around the world. He loved Cape Cod and looked forward to spending time with his daughter, Gail, and her family on Cape Cod each summer.
Louis had a lifelong love affair with sports. In addition to his talents as a basketball and baseball player, he was also an exceptional tennis player and golfer. He had a six handicap, had six holes-in-one, and was a Net Club Champion at King’s Way Golf Club in Yarmouthport at age 81. One of his proudest achievements was starting a Father-Child tournament at the Rutland Country Club, where he served as President, and then qualifying and playing with his son, Louis Jr., in the Vermont State Father-Son Championships four years running.
Louis served as a Deacon of the Grace Congregational Church in Rutland, a member of the Montpelier and Rutland Elks Clubs, a little league coach, a basketball referee, and an avid bridge player, earning Masters Points.
A resident of Yarmouthport since 1995, Louis previously resided in Centerville, MA, Amherst, N.H., Suffield, Conn., Longmeadow, Mass., Rutland and Montpelier.
Louis is survived by his children, Gail Lavin Stickney of Woodstock, and Louis Lavin, Jr. and Nancy Lavin both of Yarmouthport; a sister, Anita Piro of Essex Junction; six grandchildren, Peter Charles Stickney, Jr., Brett Lavin Stickney, Michael Lavin, Louis Lavin, III, Thomas James Lavin and Christiana Melissa Lavin; seven great grandchildren, Dayton, Jackson, Maxwell, Jack, Sophia, Quinn, and River; and several nieces and nephews.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice, 765 Attucks Ln., Hyannis, MA 02601 or to the First Congregational Church of Yarmouth, 329 Main St., Yarmouthport, MA 02675.
This obituary first appeared in the March 13, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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