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Lawrence C. Jowett, 84

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lawrence Charles Jowett, 84, died peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, at the family home in North Adams from complications of multiple myeloma.

The son of Charles H. And Rose Blanche Duquette Jowett, he was born in North Adams on April 8, 1938. He attended local schools and graduated from Drury High School in 1956.

After working a few years in the area, he went to work at the House of Walsh in Williamstown. He returned to school and received both his bachelor and master's degrees from North Adams State College (now MCLA). Most of his career was spent in the Adams-Cheshire school system, including 20 years as a guidance counselor at Hoosac Valley High School. He had been retired for many years.

Larry was well known for his athletic endeavors and was proud of his two-hour, 36-minute Boston Marathon time that he ran as a master. An avid competitor in road races, he was known locally as the guy who swam across Fish Pond every day that the weather allowed. Also a cyclist, he was a triathlete, a cross-country skier, kayaker and enjoyed hiking. He was a member of the North Adams Windsor Lake Commission and served as a volunteer with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition local Christmas program for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Hulda Hardman Jowett, and sons, David L Jowett and Brian A Jowett and his wife, Mea Axt Jowett, and grandchildren Benjamin and Peyton Jowett, all of North Adams; a brother, Gregory Jowett and his wife, Marion Quinn-Jowett, of Williamstown; a sister, Pamela Jowett Ronan and her husband, Michael Ronan, of Northbridge; nephews Christopher Jowett of Williamstown, Sean Ronan of Quincy and Cory Ronan of Charlestown, and a nIece, Colleen Ronan Dupuis of Locust Valley, Long Island, N.Y. He also leaves a son, David Goodhouse of Reading, Vt.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Friends are invited to meet with Larry's family at their home in North Adams on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Interment in the family lot in Eastlawn Cemetery in Williamstown will be private.

Donations in his memory may be made to the James and Robert Hardman Fund for North Adams, Clarksburg, Florida and Stamford, Vt. through the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, 800 North Main St., Sheffield, MA 01257, or the charity of the donor's choice through Flynn & Dagnoli Funeral Home, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams, MA 01247. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

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Dear Hulda and Family, I'm very sorry for your loss of Larry. Knew both of you well and your sister Susan. I loss my husband Thomas O'neil to the same disease recently 11/18/2022. So I understand how it takes a tole on family. God Bless You All. He is not in pain anymore and may he rest in peace.
from: Barbara (Logan) Oneilon: 01-27-2023

Very sorry for your loss
from: Jim Therrienon: 01-24-2023

Hulas and sibs, So sorry for your loss. Larry was a specular man and will be missed by all who knew him
from: Ira Lapidus on: 01-23-2023

So sorry for your loss...
from: MaryEllen Morrisseyon: 01-23-2023

Mr. Jowett provided a positive impact and guidance to thousands of children during his tenure at the Adams Cheshire School District. May he rest in peace.
from: Fred Loraon: 01-20-2023

I remember Mr. Jowett from when I attended junior high school in Adams. He was a very good advisor. Over the years I often remember reading about his athletic endeavors.. He will be missed.
from: Christopher O. Dixonon: 01-19-2023

Hulda & family - I am so very, very sorry to see this. I will keep you all in my thoughts & prayers.
from: Jane Swifton: 01-19-2023

Hulda & Family members,
I was saddened to read of Larry's passing. I have many memories of my time as a competitive athlete competing with Larry. Although he was a superb competitor, I remember him as a person who was gracious and well spoken. His demeanor and propensity to build up the 'inner soul" of those who were lacking made Larry a rare and unique individual. He will be missed ! Rest peacefully in the hand's of our always loving Lord.
from: Joseph Nowakon: 01-19-2023

Condolences to Larry's family .His presence will be missed at Windsor Lake . He always stopped to chat if we were there fishing ,either before or after the swim .
RIP Larry !
from: Jim Luczynskion: 01-19-2023

Dear Hulda and Family, I was saddened to learn of Larry's passing. He was my grade school teacher, and later guidance counselor, many years ago. Since that time, whenever our paths crossed, he would offer a warm greeting. or a humorous story from our time together as student and teacher. He was a wonderful person. May he rest in peace, and may your wonderful memories of him be a source of comfort during this difficult time.
from: Tim Moreyon: 01-19-2023

Larry was one of a kind and a joy to know and be around. Lots for great memories of high school and beyond, trips to Skidmore, football practices, always events were more fun if Larry was around. I left North Adams after college to go see the world but whenever I returned to visit, Larry would be on the list. When my mom died, Larry was at the wake. Friends like that are rare indeed.
from: chip farleyon: 01-19-2023

Hilda, We we’re so very sorry and saddened to learn of your loss of Larry. Please accept our deepest condolences.
from: Wayne and Peg LoPrestoon: 01-19-2023

Hulda, Marie and I wish to express our sadness to hear of Larry's passing. We will always cherish our 25 years of August dinners in Saratoga and lunches in North Adams.
Take care!
from: bob and marie sicilianoon: 01-19-2023

Hulda and family, I am so very sorry about your loss. I still remember baby-sitting for your two boys when they were babies so very long ago. Take care of yourself and know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
from: Shirley Fachinion: 01-19-2023

My condolences and God bless..
from: Elliot Cohen on: 01-18-2023

To Brian & Family, My sincere condolences go out to all of you in this time of need.
from: Tom Ostranderon: 01-18-2023

To Hulda and family ~ I’m so sad to read of Larry’s passing… he was so sweet and always greeting everyone with his smile and jovial personality… he will certainly be missed…
from: Cheryl Lefaveon: 01-18-2023

Dear Hulda and Family,

Sending heartfelt condolences to you all. Larry was an amazingly strong and positive person. Always encouraging to us joggers as we struggled down the streets of North Adams. His encouraging and enthusiastic demeanor was delightful and rare. His sense of humor lightened many of his comments, with never any harshness or edge. He was a giant character, and always left many smiles in his wake.
from: Dan Beckeron: 01-18-2023

Hulda and family, So sorry to hear of Larry's passing. Just a great all around person. May he rest in peace
from: Ellen & Craig Millardon: 01-18-2023

Hulda Sorry for you loss
from: elizabeth a dilegoon: 01-18-2023

I had Larry as my 5th grade math teacher, knew him as my 7th and 8th grade guidance councilor, and as a fellow road runner many years ago. I also worked with his father at Excelsior Print in North Adams during a couple of summers while I was in college. Larry was a very nice guy and dedicated to running and other positive endeavors. My sincere condolences to the family.
from: Michael Hankeon: 01-18-2023

Hulda and family. I am so very sorry for your loss.
from: Tom Elderon: 01-18-2023

Hilda and family- I am so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. May his memory be a forever blessing.
from: Dale Watermanon: 01-18-2023

Dear Hulda and family, Please accept my condolences for your loss. Larry's contribution to our community will be missed by many and never forgotten. May he rest in peace.
from: Mike Birchon: 01-18-2023

Hulda and family, Please accept my deepest sympthy to you at this time of loss. Know that Larry and each of you is in prayer. Stay strong together as family supporting one another. your brother, John McMahon - Drury '57
from: Brother John McMahonon: 01-18-2023

Larry and my father were quite the friends and runners. I remember him at the Sam Gomez Classic and the family house
My condolences.
from: Samuel Gomezon: 01-18-2023

Sorry for your loss Brian.
from: Robert Maynardon: 01-17-2023

To Hilda and family, So very sorry to read about the loss of Larry. I’ve many really nice memories of the years we all hung out. He was definitely one great guy. Always smiling and fun to be with. Hope your warm and special memories will help to ease the pain in your hearts. May he rest in gentle peace .
from: Ellen Damion: 01-17-2023

Hulda and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. I have so many memories of him, dad, and Terry competing and training together for so many years. My deepest condolences to you on your loss. May he rest in peace.
from: Erica (Dami) Pecoron: 01-17-2023

Hulda, Brian and all the family, I'm saddened ro read of Larry's passing. All my best to you.
from: Phil Remillardon: 01-17-2023

To family and friends, Larry was just a down to earth good guy! Easy to get along with, caring and a humble man. He certainly was well liked by those who spent time with him. He loved reminiscing and enjoyed life. Our condolences to family and friends. “Larry , one of a kind”! Sorry ,we will miss you!

Vin& Margo Melito
from: Vincent Melitoon: 01-17-2023

Hulda and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Larry was a great person. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers .
from: Judy Licht on: 01-17-2023

So sorry to hear about your husband passing away. He was a wonderful person. I worked up at Windsor Lake as a park police and saw him when he used to swim across the lake. He always talked to every body as they were passing by. Always had a smile on his face. I will keep him in prayer.
from: wendy levesqueon: 01-17-2023

Larry was certainly a strong swimmer and if he wasn't swimming across fish pond, he was running by my home., after a jaunt around the lake. Either a quick wave or a quick stop to chat. What a wonderful man, always cheerful. Always a giid word to say. I noticed his abscence, as for the past 30 years it was a given, that I would see him in the mornings. All we can do is pray for his and your heavenly peace, He was a gift to know, and I admired his strength and personality. I , along with you, his family, will miss his presence and sad to hear he has passed. God bless you, Larry, you made a difference , you were an icon here at Windsor Lake, too.
from: Darlene Mancinion: 01-17-2023

My most sincere condolences to Larry's entire family. A dedicated educator, athlete and community member. He will be missed by all who knew him.
from: Gary Riverson: 01-17-2023

I had Larry (then known as Mr. Jowett) )as a student teacher at Mark Hopkins. I have fond memories! Seeing both Larry and Hulda at college events and walking in North Adams, Larry was always interesting and engaging. Our sincere condolences to the Jowett/Hardman families.
Debbie and Howard Wineberg
from: Deborah Apkin Winebergon: 01-17-2023

Hulda and family: Our prayers are with you, in the 70 plus years I have known Larry, he was always a gentleman. May he rest in Peace.
from: edward john morandion: 01-17-2023

Great person
from: Jeffrey Vignaon: 01-17-2023

I would like you to know just how very sorry for your families loss, Mr Jowett was a great teacher , listener, and all around great person. He will be greatly missed by many. Ill keep your family in my thoughts....
from: Darlene Waitton: 01-17-2023