Dennis Laurie, Teacher and School Board Member
Dennis S. Laurie, age 76 of Perry, Ohio, passed away October 16, 2016 at the Lantern of Madison. He was born May 24, 1940 in Morgantown, West Virginia to Virginia (Fisher) and Samuel Laurie. Mr. Laurie graduated from Morgantown High School in 1958. After graduation, he went to West Virginia University where he earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in education. He began his teaching career at Riverside Jr. High in Morgantown, teaching there for two years. He and his wife then moved to Ohio, settling in Perry. Dennis taught at Perry High School for three years before beginning his teaching career of 33 years at Fairport High School, retiring in 2000. While at Fairport, he coached the Fairport Skippers 7th and 8th grade football teams, the JV boys' basketball team and was Athletic Director for several years. Mr. Laurie was active in the Perry community, serving on the Perry Local School Board of Education for 20 years, during which time, the present Perry Schools Campus became a reality. He was also a co-founder of the Perry Summer Recreation Program. He was a member of St. Cyprian Catholic Church since it was established as a parish. He was part of the planning and construction of the church. He was also a member of the past Perry Kiwanis Club, Lake County Retired Teachers Association and the Fairport Alumni Association. During his summer vacations and other spare time, he enjoyed building and remodeling for his family and friends. Surviving Mr. Laurie are his wife of 54 years, Shirley (Price) Laurie; his son Greg and wife Angie; 3 grandsons, Jacob, Drew and Luke; his sister, Sharon (Dennis) Rose; his brother, Don (Priscilla) Laurie; step-father, Clyde Drews; his sister-in law, Janice Price; and brother-in-law, Carl (Barbara) Price; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Beth Ann Laurie; parents; maternal grandparents; paternal grandparents; and several aunts and uncles. In memory of Mr. Laurie, memorial contributions may be made to St. Cyprian's Catholic Church or to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 5786 Heisley Road, Mentor, OH 44060.