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Louis S. Josselyn, JR

February 3, 1926 ~ October 6, 2017 (age 91)

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Funeral Service
May 18, 2019

11:00 AM
Lyndonville First Congregational Church
52 Middle Street
Lyndonville, VT 05851

Louis Stockbridge Josselyn, Jr. of Lyndonville, VT and Durham, NC passed away on October 6 in Durham, NC after a brief hospitalization. He was born February 3, 1926 in Groton, MA to Louis S Josselyn and Helen (Snell) Josselyn of Townsend, MA. Louis graduated from Spaulding High School in Townsend, MA in 1944. He spent two years in the Army Air Force in electronics training schools and 8 months in Germany as a member of the Army of Occupation. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1950 with a B.S degree, in 1953 from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) with a M.S. degree and in 1974 from Boston University with a Doctorate in Education.

From 1950-1952 he was a teacher and coach at Lockwood High School in Warwick, RI, where he met his wife, Phyllis Haslam Josselyn, and they were married on April 19, 1952 in Edgewood, RI. From 1953-1955 he was a teacher and coach at Wilmington, DE Friends School. From 1955-1966 he was a teacher, coach and guidance counselor at Longmeadow, MA High School. He was principal of Berlin, NH High School from 1966-1967, and principal of Granby, MA High School from 1967-1977. He finished his educational career as Superintendent of Schools for the Southwick-Tolland, MA Regional School District from 1977-1989.

Lou was active in private summer camp work as a counselor and director at Camp Pinnacle in Lyme, NH from 1950-1958 where he was Assistant Waterfront Director and Director of the Junior Lower Camp. From 1959-1964 he was Waterfront Director at Camp Wilder, a co-ed day camp in Springfield, MA.

As a school administrator, he served on many Massachusetts local and state educational committees and boards. In 1988, he was awarded the annual Kid Gore Award for his coaching and administrative contributions to Western Massachusetts High School Basketball.

In his retirement in Lyndonville, VT he served on several town boards and committees; The Area Agency on Aging, the Lyndonville Town Planning Board and the Rural Community Transportation Board. He was a member of and served on the Lyndonville Congregational Church Board of Deacons, Prudential Board, served on several ministerial search committees and was Chair of the Elevator Installation Committee.

Lou and Phyllis spent many winters in Pinehurst, NC where they were members of the Pinehurst Congregational Church.

Lou was a lifelong sports enthusiast, having played both basketball and baseball in high school and baseball at URI. He loved golf and was an enthusiastic supporter of both the Red Sox and the New England Patriots.

He was predeceased by his parents and sister Phyllis Howland Josselyn. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Phyllis, son Louis S (Jay) Josselyn, III and wife Patricia Slavin Josselyn, three granddaughters, Kristen Josselyn LaDuke (Ryan), Sarah Josselyn, Pamela Josselyn Sharp (Anthony, Jr) and two great granddaughters, Dakota Quinn and Emory Sharp, all of Durham, NC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Lyndonville Congregational Church, The Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or a charity of your choice.

A memorial service be conducted on May 18, 2019 starting at 11:00am at the First Congregational Church in Lyndonville with the Rev. Bruce Cominsky officiating for both Lou and Phyllis.

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Charitable donations may be made to:

Alzheimer's Association (DC)
PO Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-60111
Tel: 1-800-272-3900

First Congregational Church of Lyndonville
P.O Box 193, Lyndonville VT 05851

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