Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home Obituaries

Larry D. Cozine, 75, on March 30, 2024

Larry Dean Cozine, 75, of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at his home on March 30, 2024, following a courageous two-year battle with cancer.

Born on July 23, 1948, in West Liberty, lowa, Larry was the son of Ivah May Young and Robert Darrell Crose, and the stepson of Charles W. Cozine. He was the beloved husband of Judy Laffey Cozine to whom he was married on July 7, 1969.

Raised in Muscatine, lowa, Larry's early years were filled with childhood adventures he and his brother got into living on the banks of the Mississippi River.

He eventually found adventure of another sort when he joined the US Navy and became a Flight Director on the aircraft carrier USS Essex. He loved launching planes off the flight deck and was able to participate in a moment of history when the Essex became the recovery ship for the Apollo 7 capsule with astronauts Eisele, Schirra, and Cunningham. Larry and Judy married very young while Judy was in her last year of college and Larry had just gotten out of the Navy. Their marriage lasted almost 55 years and together they created a beautiful family. Settling in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, they raised three children: Christopher Cozine and Kerri Macgillivray, both of North Attleboro, and Jennifer Papagolos (Daniel) of Attleboro. Larry's role as a father and later as a grandfather to Addison and Paige Papagolos and Brody and Ryder Macgillivray was the source of his greatest joy and pride. Larry's identical twin brother, Garry G. Cozine (Mary) of Rome, New York, and his sister, Shirley Kirk (Larry) of Durant, lowa, survive him. Larry was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Raymond and Jimmy Johnson, and his sisters Norma Schillig, Dixie Lee Johnson, Betty Lou Cozine, and Judy Mason. He also leaves several nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.

An avid golfer, fisherman, and bowler, Larry loved sports. His sense of humor and love for telling corny jokes brought laughter and happiness to all who knew him. But above all, Larry's first love was his family. His dedication to being an active participant in the lives of his children and grandchildren is his legacy.

His funeral, to which relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend, will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2024, beginning with a time for visitation from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro. A funeral service in celebration of Larry's life will be held at 1:00 PM in the funeral home following the visitation. Interment at Mount Hope Cemetery and Arboretum in Attleboro Falls will be held privately.