Louis Horvath, 90, of Bangor, Maine passed peacefully on December 31, 2017, at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Lou was born March 29, 1927, at home in Newark, NJ, the second son of John Horvath and Yolan (Asboth) Horvath.
Lou attended public schools in Newark, graduating from South Side HS in 1945. He served in the US Navy for 2 years. He enrolled at Washington State University in Pullman, WA, where he met his future wife, Jeannette Evangeline Smith, also from NJ, who he married May 1, 1948. He graduated from WSU in 1953, with a degree in education. He continued his education all through the years, attaining his Master's degree and was working toward his PhD. Lou raised his family in NJ, where he taught mostly Industrial Arts at East Brunswick HS. He coached cross country and track, began the nationwide "turkey trot" races and became a school administrator before retiring in 1987, when he and Jeanne moved to Maine. Too young to stay retired at 60, Lou taught wood shop at 3 high schools in eastern Maine for an additional 15 years. Lou played the trumpet, did metal and leather work but mostly was a wood guy, building and remodeling many homes including 5 for his family, the final home on Copeland Hill in Holden.
He was smart, fun, outgoing and adventurous. He always made a memorable impression on everyone he met. His greatest gift was showing us all how to dream big and to live each day to the fullest, to not compare ourselves to others but to strive to be our best selves and to always be kind and generous.
In his retirement in Maine, Lou was a tireless advocate for the salmon restoration along the Penobscot River. He joined and quickly became Presidents of the Veazey, Eddington and Penobscot Salmon Clubs, as well as the Atlantic Salmon Federation. He was one of the original Bangor Troop Greeters and could be counted on to show up even for flights which came in at 3 a.m. He was an honorary member of the Sweet Adelines for over 20 years. In 2002, at age 75, Governor Angus King officially declared March 29th "Louis Horvath Day" where he was honored in Augusta.
He traveled with his family extensively, nearly every year across the USA and Canada. In 1970, with his wife and 3 younger children, he took a yearlong trip to Europe in an RV he had shipped over. The goals were many but especially to visit his mother's home village, Moca, on the Danube River in Slovakia where he has hundreds of relatives. He was very proud of his Hungarian heritage, was bilingual and remained close to his many relatives and friends until the last day of his life. He loved Facebook and had reconnected with many of his students who have testimonials of their own how he helped them to find their way and even changed their lives.
Lou was predeceased by his Uncle Alex Howarth who died in WW 2, both parents, his brother, John Horvath and his wife of 66 years, Jeannette.
Lou is survived by 4 children, Alexander "Sandy" Horvath and wife, Cherie of East Brunswick, NJ, Wendy Newmeyer and husband, Jack of West Paris, Maine, Robin Zinchuk and husband, Doug of Bethel, Maine and Randy James of Highland Park, NJ; 8 grandchildren, Alivia Horvath of Colorado, Kira Vos and husband, Andrew of Colorado, Justen Horvath of NJ and Shonna Pietraczenko and husband, Steve of NJ, Dan Zinchuk and wife, Jen of Redondo Beach, California, Brian Zinchuk and wife, Chaelly of Windham, Maine, Kevin Zinchuk and wife, Emily of Brighton, MA and Matt Zinchuk of Bethel, Maine; and 5 great-grandsons, Jackson and Caleb Zinchuk of Windham, Maine, Barrett and Beckham Zinchuk of California and Luka Vos of Colorado.
There will be several memorial gatherings due to his extensive network of family and friends and the first will be in Bangor, this Saturday, January 6th at 3 pm at the Solstice Senior Living Center (formerly Sunbury Village) at 922 Ohio Street, his home for the past 4 years. Others will be determined later in the year.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Veterans No Boundaries program operated by Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation. Checks can be mailed to Maine Adaptive, 8 Sundance Lane, Newry, Maine 04261, with a notation "Veterans No Boundaries".
Arrangements entrusted to Hobbs Funeral Home, South Portland. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.
Published on  January 3, 2018