Larry R. Czarnecki, “Coach Czar,” 69, while at home in Cortland, NY, went to be with the Lord on November 23, 2019.
Larry was born on November 5, 1950, son of the late Raymond Czarnecki (1987) and Arlene Czarnecki of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania.
Larry graduated from Nanticoke High School and went on to serve his country in the US Navy. Larry then received a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s degree in Physical Education from Ithaca College. While serving as team captain on the Bomber squad at Ithaca College, Larry earned First Team All-American honors, and he was named the ECAC Division III Football “Player of the Year” . Larry also competed with the Track and Field club during his time at Ithaca. Larry continued his football career playing semi-pro football with the Scranton Stars and Binghamton Jets.
Larry began his career at SUNY Cortland as the Dragon’s defensive line coach and defensive coordinator before taking on the role of head coach. Larry then returned to the Bombers and his alma mater on the coaching staff for both the football squad and track and field team before returning to Cortland College and serving the Red Dragon football squad and track and field teams until his retirement in 2018. Larry has had a passion for coaching and mentoring athletes throughout his career.
Larry had a firm belief in the Lord and devotion to his family. He is survived by his wife, Deborah Czarnecki, his mother, Arlene Czarnecki, his daughters, Jill and Kelly Czarnecki, his sister, Mary Louise Bailey (Francis), his grandson, Jesse Dillon Maxfield, and his niece and nephews. Larry is predeceased by his son, Bryan Benjamin Czarnecki, who went home to be with the Lord in 2004.
Please join us for a memorial service, which will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 1 PM at Grace Christian Fellowship Church on Fisher Ave in Cortland, NY, with a celebration of life to follow.
Interment with military honors will be held at St. Francis Cemetery in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania in the Spring.
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