Fredrick L. Large, 81, of Lyndonville, NY, went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 9, 2013, at the VA WNY Healthcare, Batavia.
Fred was born on March 19, 1932, and was the son of Fred E. Large and Margaret Uldene Large. Fred was raised in Pittsburgh and was an avid Steelers fan.
He served in the U.S. Army and also went to college at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania where he earned his teacher certificate. That is where he met his wife, Patricia, and they married on September 12, 1954. He started his first teaching job in Union City, PA from 1956-1963. In 1963 he was hired by Lyndonville Central School and continued to teach there until 1990. He was a science teacher at heart, teaching Physics and Chemistry. At one time, he also was the Village of Lyndonville Mayor. Upon his retirement he moved to Florida. While in Florida he taught at several schools. He had a deep love of teaching and taught not only in the classroom, but he taught others about life. Fred was a "Difference Maker" and all of his children followed in his footsteps and became teachers/principals. Through his life in Lyndonville he served his community in many ways. He was a member of the Lions Club, American Legion, Lyndonville Fire Department and was a devoted Methodist at the Lyndonville United Methodist Church. Fred could also be seen dressed as "Uncle Sam" at the traditional Lyndonville 4th of July Parade.
Fred was a coach of almost all sports at one time or another at LCS, but it was through his coaching career as a wrestling "BAGUBA" that he earned a spot in the 2005 Section 5 Hall of Fame, and also had the LCS gymnasium named in his honor in 2011. Fred loved to play his ukulele and sing, especially at the family bon fires at his cottage when he and his wife would come home for the summer. In recent years Fred was diagnosed with bone cell cancer and developed dementia and Parkinson's disease. It was through his illness and because of his service to his country that he was placed in the Veteran's Hospital in Batavia in May of 2013.
Mr. Large is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Patricia; his children, William Large of Costa Rica, Central America, Robert (Nancy Haben) Large, Ronald (Gwendolyn) Large, all in Orlando, FL; his daughter, Robin (Richard) Boyle of Lyndonville; his grandchildren that he loved so deeply, Ashley (Andrew Bresett) Large, Mikella Large, Bobbi Marie Large, Brooks Boyle, Casey Large, Chase Large and Madison Boyle; his step- grandson, Tanner Boyle whom he treated as his own. He is also survived by one great-grandchild, Isabella Bresett; his brother, Ronald (Susie) Large; a niece, Elizabeth (Bill Benzel) Boudreau; two nephews, Matthew (Lisa) Large and Danny (Mary Kay) Waitz. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a nephew, Tommy Large.
There will be no prior calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 5:00 PM on Monday, August 12, 2013, at the Mabel Stroyan Auditorium, at the Lyndonville High School, 25 Housel Ave., Lyndonville, NY 14098, with the Reverend Steve Devine and Pastor Sunny Mauser officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to M+T Bank, Lyndonvillle Branch, 3 South Main Street, Lyndonville, NY 14098, in care of the "Fred Large Scholarship" fund to be given to an LCS future graduate. Arrangements were made through Bates & Tuttle Funeral Home, 112 N. Main St., Lyndonville, NY.
Please sign the online register book at www.batestuttle.com.