Larry Bodwell, 61: Passionate about history and bowling

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PORTLAND — Lawrence Charles “Larry” Bodwell, 61, of 371 Forest Ave., died the night of Nov. 5.

Bodwell was born Aug. 16, 1954, in Dexter to Vernor Charles Bodwell Jr. and Dorothy Miller Bodwell. He attended local schools and the University of Southern Maine. Bodwell managed a McDonald’s and worked at Bicknell’s Photo before finding his niche with Oakhurst Dairy in 1990. He started out in shipping, and then moved to IT in 1993. He was a valued employee until he retired in 2014.

Bodwell was a history buff, and immensely enjoyed a recent retirement trip to Washington, D.C. provided by Oakhurst. His Oakhurst family meant the world to him, especially Paul Connolly, Debbie Randall, Brian Davis, Tim Hundt and Derek Bibb.

Bodwell’s passion was bowling, for which he and his teammates won many tournaments. The team members were close buddies, and Bodwell’s place on the team – as well as his sense of humor – will be greatly missed.

He was predeceased by his mother in 2005.

Bodwell is survived by two daughters, Eliza Beth, of Oldmar, Florida and Emily Ann, of Menisee, California; three grandchildren, Brooklyn, Vincent and Matthew; his father, Vern Bodwell, of Dexter; a brother, Dennis Bodwell, of The Villages, Florida; a sister, Sharon Mulcahy, of Florence, Kentucky, as well as two nieces and nephews of whom he was very fond, Lucas Palmer, of East Greenbush, New York, Andrew Bodwell, of Olympia, Washington, Ashley Palmer, of Dexter and Meghan Bodwell, of Boston, Massachusetts. Bodwell will also be remembered by a special friend, Rick Piacentini, as well as his friends at Forest Gardens bar and restaurant in Portland.

A celebration of his life will held during a wake on Dec. 28 at Forest Gardens. A graveside service will be held at a future date with information to follow.