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Laurence J. Doyle

September 20, 1930 December 21, 2018
Laurence J. Doyle
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Laurence J. Doyle age 88, a resident of Bolingbrook, IL and formerly a longtime resident of Arlington Heights and Buffalo Grove, IL, passed away December 21, 2018 at his home, surrounded by the love of his family. He was born on September 20, 1930.

Larry’s life was an endless adventure. Born in Wexford, Ireland, the fourth of thirteen children, his youth was filled with many escapades and perilous escapes, which he later recalled with some enhancements. He was a wonderful brother, telling his siblings fantastical stories, and riding them to the beach on the handlebars of his bicycle. To help support his family, he left school in the eighth grade and worked as a messenger boy and apprentice printer. His love of travel began with a bike trip through the west of Ireland with his best friends in his early 20s.

In 1955, Larry was at a costume party dance at the Town Hall in Wexford. Always a considerate young man, he wanted to make sure that everyone was included. He spotted a young woman across the room, who was in her own words “dressed like a Dutch boy”, and decided to be generous and ask her to dance. Little did he know that this act of kindness would be his first encounter with his one true love. The next summer he again met Josephine Hughes of Portlaoise, and their courtship began. They only had two weeks together before Larry set forth for America — with no job and a suspiciously small amount of money in his pocket. He secured good union employment, and wrote every week to the Girl Dressed Like a Boy. After two years, Jo agreed to marry him and he returned to Ireland where they were wed on January 15th, 1958 in Dublin.

A honeymoon on the Queen Elizabeth II followed, after which they settled in Camden, New Jersey. Later that year their first son Larry was born. Their second son Kevin came two years later after the family had moved to Philadelphia. Larry and his young family then moved to Chicago in 1961, where they settled for good.

After a short stint in the city, they bought a house in the then far suburb of Buffalo Grove, and Larry commuted forty miles every evening to work an overnight shift at a printing company, saving all his vacation days over the years in order to go on a six-week vacation to Ireland in 1967.

Two more children — Brenda in ’67 and Patrick in ’69 — followed, and Larry made a move both ambitious and, as always, for his family. He got his GED and started work as a local Realtor. He was an immediate success, and within a couple of years had partnered with two others to form their own company. By the end of the seventies, Hometown Real Estate had five offices spread across the northwest suburbs.

An immigrant with an eighth grade education put four kids through college.

Oh, and he once shot a hole in one.

Once the children had moved away, Larry and Jo relocated to Rolling Meadows, where Larry undertook the challenge of being the best grandfather ever. He took the kids to go feed the ducks and on various adventures and scavenger hunts of extravagant design.

In 2012, they moved to Bolingbrook to be closer to their youngest two — just down the block from Patrick, in fact. Even as he fell ill, Larry continued to engage his grandchildren, telling them fantastical tales and telling everyone, his children and their children, how proud he was of them.

Larry died in his home on December 21, surrounded by his family and the love of his life.

Larry is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Jo; his loving children, Larry (Becky Lichtenstein) Doyle, Kevin (Sandy Klepacki) Doyle, Brenda (Edward) Manzke and Patrick (Janet) Doyle; his cherished grandchildren, Sean Doyle, Dustin Klepacki, Eddie Manzke, Aidan Manzke, Ben Doyle, Grace Doyle, Katie Manzke, Maeve Doyle, Alice Doyle and Joe Doyle; his great-grandson, Victor Klepacki; his dear siblings, Lily Trappe, Anne Coughlin, John Doyle, Thelma DuBois, Mary Doyle, Nuala O’Driscoll, Dick Doyle; as well as many nieces and nephews, cousins, in-laws and great friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Alice Doyle; his siblings, Kathleen Doyle, Andy Doyle, Alcie Quealy, Paddy Doyle and Jenny Ryan.

For those who would like to leave a lasting tribute to Larry’s life, memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association would be greatly appreciated.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 27, 9:00 until 10:30 AM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 2220 Lisson Rd., Naperville. A luncheon will follow at the church. A private family interment will be at SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Naperville.

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9:00 AM 12/27/2018 9:00:00 AM - 10:30 AM 12/27/2018 10:30:00 AM
Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home

44 S. Mill St.
Naperville, IL 60540

Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home
44 S. Mill St. Naperville 60540 IL
United States

Mass of Christian Burial




11:00 AM 12/27/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church

2220 Lisson Road
Naperville, IL 60565

St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church
2220 Lisson Road Naperville 60565 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery Final Resting Place

701 North Ave
Naperville, IL 60540

701 North Ave Naperville 60540 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Alzheimer’s Association - Illinois Chapter

8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800
Chicago , IL 60631

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