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Lawrence J. “Larry” Cylc, Sr.

February 19, 1956 - February 9, 2020

          Lawrence J. “Larry” Cylc, Sr., age 63, of Claymont, DE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 9, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

          Born in Chester, PA on February 19, 1956, he was the son of the late Joseph W. and Helen M. (Stryczniewicz) Cylc.  Larry graduated from the University of Delaware, where he played football.  He dedicated his career as a teacher from 1977 to 2019 at various schools, including Archmere Academy, Caravel Academy and Hodgson Vo-Tech H.S., where he taught history, social studies and driver’s education.

          Larry had a love of coaching sports.  Throughout his 43 years of coaching, he coached many student-athletes, including his 3 children in football and track and field.  In 1987 and 2001, Larry was Delaware’s high school football coach of the year.  As head football coach at Caravel Academy, his teams won the state football championship in 1989 and 1990, and he led the Hodgson Vo-Tech track and field team to the school’s first state title in 1996.

          Larry is survived by his wife of 39 years, Deborah A. (Gentile) Cylc; children, Linda M. Cylc of Claymont, Joseph S. Cylc (Kara) of Newtown Square, PA and Lawrence J. Cylc, Jr. (Laura) of Annapolis, MD; and grandchildren, Lawrence III, William, Kate, Charlotte, Andrew, Grant, Sawyer, Penny, Francie and George.

          A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 pm until 8 pm on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 am on Friday, February 14, 2020, at St. Elizabeth R.C. Church, 809 South Broom Street, Wilmington, DE.  Interment will be held privately.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Larry’s memory to Helen M. and Joseph W. Cylc Fund at Archmere Academy, 3600 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703.

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51 Guestbook messages for Lawrence J. “Larry” Cylc, Sr.

  • So very sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. He is in God’s Carr now. He suffers no more. Heartfelt sympathy to Debbie and family! He will be missed🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • I am so very sorry for the Cylc family. May your fondest memories of Larry, your dad, and grandpop help you in this time of healing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out the Cylc family. Larry gave me an opportunity 26 year ago to coach high school football. He was a great man, coach, and dear friend. I will truly miss him and very thankful for God allowing him to be a big impact in my life.

  • Such a sad day , you will truly be missed. RIP Larry Cylc Sr.

  • I’m so sorry for this tremendous loss. What a wonderful man! (And a great coach.) I’m praying for you all and holding you in my heart. ❤️

  • My thoughts and prayers to the family!

  • Mr Cylc was the drivers ed teacher at Hodgson when I was there. He was always helpful and made everyone laugh. He would crack jokes to help you calm down, and would explain to you what you would do before you could mess up. He will be missed

  • RIP to one of the best drivers education teacher. We had our laughs. So sad to see you gone. Condolences to the family, and friends. Your in a better place now old friend. Until we meet again!

  • With heartfelt sympathy to the Cylc Family. Larry was a good guy and a pleasure to worth with! May he rest in eternal peace! God Bless all!

  • Mr. Cylc you will be missed. You were a great teacher at Hodgon Vo tech and you did teach me how to drive after all. In junior year when I was no longer your student you still acknowledged me in the hallways and asked how I was doing. Made sure I was driving safe most importantly. You even brought up old jokes from the previous year in our drivers ed class! One of my favorite memories is when you got extremely excited when I wore my Navy hoodies to school and we were almost matching! Thank you for making such a beautiful impact on my life. You will be truly missed.

    Prayers to family and friends! ❤️

  • RIP to one of the best teachers I had at Hodgson❤️ Always knew how to put a smile on my face and make me laugh. You will never be forgotten Mr.Cylc👼🏼❤️

  • Very sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. He was a great man to coach with and to have as a friend.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the Cylc Family during this very difficult time.

  • He will be greatly missed . He coached me in track and field many years ago. Such a kind a patient man. My thoughts are with the Cylc family

  • I am so sorry to hear this. Mrs. Cylc, you and your family will be in our every thought and prayer. ❤

  • My Condolences to his family.
    Larry Cylc was a great coach, but he was also a man of great character. I still remember him talking to the parents at Hodgson at the beginning of football season. He broke things down and gave assurances that he would run the football team in a certain manner. At the end of the season parents realized that everything he had said and promised … He did.
    There are many, many good things myself, my wife and many others will say and remember about Coach Cylc.
    To Debby, Joe, Larry & Linda … We ALL share in your loss. Thank you for sharing him with us.
    Gary and Dot Rullo

  • What a nice man. Condolences from the Cooney family.

  • I’m deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Cylc. My family and I hold many fond memories of times spent with the Cylc family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the members of the family and may God comfort you all during this most difficult time. ❤️🙏🏻

  • We are so sorry to hear of his passing. We loved hanging out with him at the Navy tailgates. We wish you and your family peace and comfort.

  • Our wonderful memories of Navy Football would not have happened without Larry & Debbie and their awesome family & friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love Sam & Adele.

  • Me. Cylc, you will be missed, i thank you for all the time you invested in teaching and aiding others ❤️ I hope you’re in utmost peace

  • Larry was really so amazing! From the football games, to staying at your house and the beach house – he always made us feel at home. I know how close you all were and I’m praying for all of you! Nothing can replace your father but I hope that you have enough great memories to keep you smiling forever.
    Big big hugs to you all
    Xoxoxoxo The Deppas

  • Debby, I was so shocked and saddened to read of your loss. You have my deepest condolences. You are one of the strongest people I know, and you have your big wonderful family to help you all to support each other. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Coach Cylc,
    You will be missed. Thank you for all you did at Hodgson. Your a great man and were an awesome Coach! Job well done! Rest in peace!

  • With fond memories of his football coaching days at Brandywine and other schools…. my thoughts and prayers to his family.

  • I offer my prayer and support to the Cylc family. Larry was a good man who gave me an opportunity to become a football coach during our time at AI High. He was a great coach and even better man. He will be missed.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Mr Cylc was my drivers ed teacher and always called me “Sexy Sadie” because of the Beatles song. He was a great guy and made learning to drive wayyyyy less intimidating. You all are in my thoughts 💗

  • Ted and I are so very saddened and sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. Ted and Larry were life-long friends who shared many good times and adventures together. We will miss him so much. Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with Debbie and all of the family. May Larry rest in peace….he was truly a great friend.

  • Debbie,
    I want to send my deepest heartfelt condolences and sympathies out to you and your children. If you need something and I can help please ask

  • Prayers to you all. Know that Larry made a difference to so many. He was a hoot. Enjoyed his funny stories. He will be missed.

  • My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. So sorrow for your loss🙏❤️

  • Very sad news about Larry. He was two years behind me at Archmere and we were football teammates. Even as a sophomore, it was clear that Larry was a tough competitor and a genuinely nice guy. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  • Coach Cylc taught a valuable lesson early in life that I carry on to this day. God’s speed coach.

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Coach Clycs passing. He was a wonderful man and one of my favorite history teachers. My prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.

  • What a wonderful man! God Bless you all. Prayers for you during this very difficult time.

  • Dearest Debbie & family, we are grieving with you in your loss.
    Larry had a very genuine way of making us & we imagine everyone feel special.
    What a marvelous gift.
    We will miss having you both as neighbors here in Florida.
    Our prayers of strength & peace are with you all.

  • I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Larry.

  • Our condolences to the Cylc family on the passing of Larry. He was a wonderful colleague and a remarkable man. Our lives were enriched by knowing him. Thank you for sharing Larry with us and so many others. He is missed.

  • taught me so much for going forward in the future. I appreciate everything you have done for me! rest in peace Mr.Cylc💕

  • His torch will blaze forever

  • Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Cylc family. We are praying for your comfort, strength and peace during this time. You’re always in our thoughts and prayers.

    ~Michael & Roslyn Edge

  • Although I did not know Larry personally, I have worked alongside Debbie for 16 years and I have always held the opinion that Larry was truly a legendary coach, teacher, spouse, father, and grandfather. My heart goes out to the entire family in this time of grief and sadness. May his passion for life and for giving live on in his beautiful offspring and their children. God Bless the Cylc family.

  • So very sorry to hear this sad news. Wish I could’ve paid my respects in person .Your husband and father was one of my favorites at Archmere, from bus driver,teacher and coach. Such an incredible heart-warming man,always smiling and making others smile ..simply STELLAR all around. He will be truely missed n remembered forever.

  • Larry, You were a warrior and such a fun, amazing colleague. We at HVT will miss you tremendously. To your family and friends, we extend our deepest sympathy and raise you up in prayer.
    – Mr. and Mrs. Dorrell and Bonita Green.

  • Dear Cousin Larry, Debbie, children and grandchildren. How I would have loved to be there with all of you to celebrate Larry’s life. What a great father, husband and grandfather. And Coach and teacher too. I have so many childhood memories of us as cousins. I am so thankful we had the opportunity to reconnect a few years ago with everyone. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope we can continue the relationship. Love you all. Connie

  • R.I.P Mr.cylc You will be missed by so many people and thank you for everything you have done for me ❤️ My thoughts and prayers go to the family ❤️❤️

  • Debbie, My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Debbie and Family: We are saddened to hear of Cousin Larry’s passing. We were able to spend time with the Cylc’s during the summer of ’67 after our mom passed away and will always remember how they embraced us with comfort. I will always remember Larry’s smile and kindness. I loved reading about his career coaching football and watching the video with him and his family. What a guy….he was really the best of us.

  • Dear Debbie and cylc family. We are so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing you will be in our thoughts and prayers. we pray that you find peace and comfort with deepest sympathy.
    Bob,Terry&Brittany Walker

  • I wish the entire Cylc family peace during this difficult time. It is always hard to lose such a valued member of the community. He was my Coach during high school. I know he will be missed dearly.

  • To Debbie and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I enjoyed working with him at Caravel and at Hodgson, always being funny and always had a story to tell. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, he will always live in your hearts.
    May he rest in peace.
    Joe, Sue, David, Michael and Jennifer Hudson

  • Thought about you today mr cylc. Thanks for the fun times in drivers ed.