been a Harwinton resident for most of his life moving
from Torrington to Harwinton as a young child. He also
lived for a short time in Goshen. He and his wife, Mary
Ellen, have made their home together in Harwinton since
1985. They have two grown children, Elizabeth O’Connell
of Harwinton and Kathleen Connors of Washington, DC,
and two grandchildren, Thomas and Mary O’Connell.
He attended Center School, one of Harwinton’s
one-room school houses, Harwinton Consolidated School,
and graduated from Torrington High School. Mr. Connors
received his Bachelors Degree from Central Connecticut
State College and his Masters in Economics from Trinity
College and taught English and American and World History
at Lewis S. Mills High School before spending most of
his career at the Torrington Company, retiring in 2003.
He enjoys woodworking, playing softball, and being a
backyard vegetable gardener.
Larry was chairman
of the Historic District Study Committee that conducted
extensive research and worked to obtain approval from
property owners and by vote of the town to enact the
Town of Harwinton Historic District Ordinance enabling
the establishment of the two Historic Districts in Harwinton
that now also includes Historic Properties.
In earlier years,
Larry was involved in town politics and government through
the Democratic Town Committee and the Planning Commission
where he served as chairman for eight years. He has
been active in the Harwinton Lions Club and the Torrington
Lodge of Elks where he is a Past Exalted Ruler and current
Trustee. He helped rebuild the Harwinton Fire Department
building located at the Harwinton Fairgrounds, was active
in constructing Project Graduation decorations when
his daughters were at Mills, and enjoys contributing
wooden craft items to the Harwinton Library craft fairs.
He is the current chairman of the Board of Directors
of the Harwinton Land Conservation Trust and is a member
of the town’s ad hoc Open Space Committee. He
volunteers as a member of the Brooker Memorial Facilities
Committee and serves as a Corporator at Torrington Savings
Bank. He was an active volunteer and was co-chair of
the committee overseeing the extensive remodeling project
at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
noted, “When I came to Harwinton in 1941, it was
a wonderful place to live. Today it is greatly changed,
but it remains a friendly, safe, successful community.
The challenge for our generations is to ensure the future
Harwinton retains the character we enjoy by protecting
our land and natural resources as well as our democratic
beliefs and government”.