Seabrook, NH — Laurie "Hornet" "Curley" Gynan, 87, died on Sunday, April 13, 2014.
He was born on July 15, 1926, on Walton Road in Seabrook, the third of five children, to the late Dexter and Grace (Walton) Gynan. It was there that he grew up with his brothers, Sam, Dexter and Ed; his sister, Janet; and his lifelong friend and fishing buddy, Frank Chase.
Laurie held many jobs throughout his life. A proud veteran, he served in the Philippines during WWII, and was a lifelong member of Raymond E. Walton American Legion Post 70 of Seabrook, a post named after his uncle. He retired from the City of Newburyport as a pump station operator at the Spring Lane Station, a job he loved. First and foremost, he was a bass fisherman. He fished his entire life out of the Hampton River and was well known for his fishing successes.
Laurie also loved music and dancing. It was while roller dancing on Salisbury Beach that he met Mary Gallagher, whom he would later marry. In their long marriage they had four children, and many, many dances, all while living in Newburyport’s South End. Throughout his life, fishing and music were a constant. After Mary died in 1993, Laurie discovered karaoke, dubbed himself “Curley,” and started singing around the area every night. He made many wonderful friends from all around the country and Canada, and had a lot of fun. It was through karaoke that he met his friend and companion, Inga Cook. Together, they sang duets and traveled many miles, including yearly visits to St. Petersburg, Fla.
Laurie will be missed by his children, Arthur Gynan and his wife, Gloria, of Rochester, N.H., Peter Gynan of Salisbury, Mas., and Laurie Lind and her husband, Mark, of Seabrook; his brother Samuel Gynan and his wife, Sandra, of Greenville, Maine; and his seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He also leaves his longtime companion, Inga Cook of Amesbury; and his good friend, Frank Chase of Seabrook; as well as nieces and nephews of several generations.