David Lawrence Lorenzi, a longtime East Longmeadow resident, died peacefully on Monday, November 4, 2019, at home. Born in Springfield to the late Ulysses J. and Helen M. (Griffin) Lorenzi. He was a 1945 graduate of Technical High School, a 1952 graduate of American International College with a BA in Economics and graduated in 1971 Magna Cum Laude from Western New England College-School of Law where he received his Juris Law Degree. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar later that year.
David was a Branch Claim Manager for CNA Insurance for 28 years until his retirement in 1988. He then went into private law practice, retiring in 1992. He later worked at City Line Liquors in East Longmeadow for over 15 years. David was a member of the Springfield Claims Manager’s Council and served as President in 1977, the Springfield Claims Arbitration Committee for 6 years, he belonged to the Hampden County Bar Assn. from 1971 to present, and was a US Army Veteran.
He was a faithful communicant of St. Michael’s Church and served on their Parish Council, was a member of the East Longmeadow Recreation Commission, Scholarship Fund, 4th of July Parade Committee for 20 years, the East Longmeadow Lions Club, the former Springfield Tennis Club and served as their President 1957-1958, and was a Charter Member of the Ludlow Tennis Club. He also belonged to the Wilbraham Tennis Club, Wilbraham Country Club and the AIC Alumni Varsity Club.
David’s passion for Tennis began at a young age. In 1944 he was the Springfield Boys Singles Champ, was a 4 year Varsity Tennis player at Technical High School (Captain 1944-1945) and was a member of the AIC Tennis Team (Captain 1950-1952), where he was also a member of the Basketball Team. In 1946, with Gene Davis, he was ranked the #2 New England Boys Doubles Team, and was a member of the New England Junior Davis Cup Team 1946-1949, the Springfield Men’s Singles Champ in 1962 and was runner-up 4 times, and won the Springfield Men’s Doubles Championship 12 times, beating the long-held record of 11 wins. David’s love of the game continued winning many local championships and was ranked in the Top Ten New England Men’s Doubles Players eight times.
David enjoyed watching Jeopardy, playing cribbage and doing crossword puzzles. An avid reader, he enjoyed listening to music of the Big Band Era, especially Frank Sinatra, and watching old movies. An avid Patriots and Red Sox fan, he was also a golf enthusiast and was a fan of Phil Mickelson.
His beloved wife Patricia M. (Lovett) Lorenzi predeceased him in 1986. He is survived by his three children: David Lorenzi, Jr. and his wife Katie of Dresher, PA, Mark Lorenzi and his wife Carol of Somers, CT and Susan Jones of Coventry, CT, five cherished grandchildren: Thomas, Kelly, Michael and Lisa Lorenzi and Patricia Jones, three nephews and his longtime companion of 27 years Evie Auchter. In addition to his wife, he was also predeceased by his sister Irene Earley. The Lorenzi Family is grateful for the excellent care David received from his caregivers Sheriff and Sharon.
Family and friends are invited to meet at St. Michael’s Church, 128 Maple St., East Longmeadow on Saturday, November 9th at 10:00 AM for David’s Funeral Mass. Burial will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Springfield. The family will greet visitors at the church from 9:15 – 9:45 AM prior to the Mass. Wilbraham Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial Contributions may be made to MA Eye & Ear, 243 Charles St., Boston, MA 02114 or to the East Longmeadow Lions Club, 25 Greenacre Lane, East Longmeadow, MA 01028.
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