Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Lawrence G. Genovesi of Westport died Jan. 24. He was 83.
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, he was raised in Rockville and went on to a lifetime of service in the U.S. Air Force stationed at the Air Force Academy, Hamburg, Germany and NATO headquarters in Oslo, Norway, among other countries.
He joined the military with dreams of playing the sax, however as fate would have it, he found a higher meaning for his life in helping others as a paramedic and medic in emergency rooms for over 20 years, literally saving lives and touching many.
After distinguished service as a master sergeant in the Air Force, he went on to graduate with honors from Northeastern University.
According to his daughter Michelle, speaking for the family, “Beyond all our father did in his career, it’s who he was and what he taught us. He taught us to respect every living thing. That no one is better or worse than you; to ‘believe’ in yourself. Let go of fear (it is crippling). To appreciate all types of art; that it can transport you and connect you to others. To be kind and caring. To always come from honesty and integrity. If you want to be happy, be.
“His friendliness and kindness to people and his devotion and love to animals is a tribute to the beauty of his heart and soul. Our father was not only a man of heart, he was a renaissance man. Passionate about music and the arts, he was also an avid environmentalist and humanitarian. It’s a private club to lose a parent, isn’t it? It’s a heartache like no other. We think of the movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life”‘when we think of our father.
“As Clarence said, ‘Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?’ There is a hole in our hearts, however we know with time that is where great memories of our father will live; alongside our mother.”
His memory will lovingly be remembered by his children, Michelle, Martin and Heidi of Fairfield; Michael of San Antonio, Texas; Tami of Naples, Florida; along with his eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Mabel Annis Genovesi, and his former wife, Jean Ashman Genovesi.
In honor of Lawrence his family hopes you will reach out and do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness;whether it be another human being or any living thing.
Lawrence will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on July 7.
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