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Larry Mills Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 31, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...
“Larry used to say, ‘What kind of legacy am I going to leave? If I had all the money in the world, I’d be a philanthropist,’” recalls Sue Mills of her late husband.

“He left a tremendous legacy – the friendships and the work ethic,” Sue continues, and now, Larry’s name will forever be connected to philanthropy. The Larry Mills Scholarship Fund will award annual scholarships to members of Boy Scout Troop 1 Arnold Mills in Cumberland.

“Larry was in Scouts forever and was in the same troop that we’re doing the scholarships for,” Sue says of her husband of 30 years.

Born in El Paso, TX, Larry lived most of his life in Cumberland, where he attended middle school and graduated from Cumberland High School in 1974. He continued his education at the University of New Hampshire, earning a degree in business administration.

His career began at Westinghouse, continued at Synergy Methods, and culminated at Beacon Sales where he was an architectural product technical manager. For more than 20 years, he was a member of the Construction Specifications Institute and served for two years as the Rhode Island president.

Throughout his career, he remained active in Boy Scouts. An Eagle Scout himself, Larry was an assistant scoutmaster when his son, Matthew, was a member of Troop 1 Arnold Mills, then stayed on after Matthew became an Eagle Scout. “Scouting was his love and his passion. He promoted Scouts and the value of Scouts,” Sue shares, noting, “He was known for his cooking, and he looked forward to going to Camp Yawgoog every summer.”

Camping also was a family activity for Larry, Sue, and their three children, Chelsey, Matthew, and Angelia, as were skiing and boating.

“The relationships Larry built over the years were amazing. So many people wanted to do something to pay tribute to Larry,” Sue marvels, noting the roles Al Freedman, a CPA who was Larry’s best man, and Bill Smith, scoutmaster of Troop 1 Arnold Mills, played in getting this fund established.

“Once you were friends with Larry, you were friends for life,” Sue concludes.
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