EAST HADDAM – Gregory Vincent Lauria, 52, of East Haddam, beloved husband of Kerin (McKenney) Lauria, and father of Matthew Gregory and Joseph David, died peacefully on May 21, 2021, after a short battle with cancer.
Greg was born in Hartford, Conn. He was the son of the late Vincent Joseph and Marjorie (Hood) Lauria. He was a graduate of Cheshire High School, in Cheshire, Conn., received his Bachelor’s degree from St. Michael’s College in Burlington, Vt. and his MBA from Western New England College in Springfield, Mass. He worked his way through college painting houses, and was part owner and operator of a car reconditioning business, and a paint salesman for Sherwin Williams. Most recently, he was Director of Insurance Sales for AAA Mid-Atlantic. He worked for AAA for 23 years (“never making the big leagues!”), and was loved and respected by those he worked with.
Greg was an active member of his community, humbly volunteering his time and talents. He served on the board of finance for the Town of East Haddam, became a volunteer firefighter, after 9/11, for The Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department, Middlefield, Conn., and taught adaptive skiing. His biggest passion, however, was baseball, and he spent many seasons and countless hours as coach and board member for East Haddam Little League. Greg enjoyed skiing, beginning at an early age, with his family, staying at his family’s A-frame in Stockbridge, Vt. He skied the Green, White and Rocky Mountains, ultimately, fulfilling a dream of heli-skiing in Telluride, Colo.! Greg loved being on the water and made many memories “fishing” with his friends (being crowned Amsten Classic Master’s Division Champion!), skiing and tubing with friends and family, and spending the night in isolated coves. He took an avid interest in Corvettes as a boy and owned many models over the years. He enjoyed cruising the back roads with his boys, listening to The Allman Brothers, date nights with Kerri, and teaching nephew Will to drive a stick.
Though Greg had many interests and passions, the most important thing to him was family. He will be forever remembered as a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, nephew, son, cousin and of course, friend. His favorite times were spent watching his sons’ games, meets and concerts. Always present, cheering and encouraging, watching them grow into men through their achievements.
Besides his wife Kerin and sons Matt and Joe, he is survived by his sister Cynthia Lauria and husband Kevin Kauff of Edgewater, Md.; his brother Jonathan Lauria and wife Sandra of Cheshire, CT; and numerous nieces and nephews, Monica, Emily, William, Michael, A.J., Stephan, Emily, Alex, Elisabeth, Christian, Jaclyne, Alyssa, Richie, Serena and Sylvie, and five grandnieces and nephews. He is no doubt welcomed into heaven by his friends and family (and dogs) who have gone before him and we look forward to seeing him there again one day.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, June 6, at 2 p.m., at Valley Bible Church, 220 Turkey Hill Rd., Haddam. Friends may gather prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. To share memories or express condolences online, please visit www.biegafuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The East Haddam Little League or The East Haddam Youth and Family Services.