Legacy of a Peace Keeper
The Legacy of a Peace-Loving Man
Changing the world with peace and understanding, one person at a time
“Harold Limouze was a peace-loving man who touched people’s hearts and lives in many ways,” remarked his daughter Judy Limouze Price during the recent tribute held in honor of the former Sayville educator and High School Principal whose entire career and life-long pursuits were devoted to peace. After an extraordinary ninety-four years, Harold passed away in August 2014.
So, it was certainly apropos that the South Country Peace Group, part of the Suffolk Peace Network, would choose the Sayville High School Courtyard and the site of the High School peace pole for their dedication. The dedication included the installation of a memorial plaque in the Senior Lounge, and after introductions by Carol Kolar from the South Country Peace Group, a retrospective provided by his daughters Judy and Wendy Joy Forrest that described Harold’s life accomplishments and philosophy (see the pdf link below to read the full speech) and touched upon Harold’s active involvement in the Sayville community.
BACKGROUND: After serving in the United States Army with the 94th Chemical Mortar Battalion in the European Theatre, for which he received a bronze star for meritorious service in combat, Harold joined the Sayville School District as a science teacher at the High School. He became the first Assistant Principal in 1955, and eventually its Principal in 1967, a position he held until his retirement in 1975. Harold was also an involved parishioner of St. John's Lutheran Church, serving over twenty-five years as a teacher and superintendent of the Sunday School, a member of the chancel choir for thirty years, and also on the altar guild. He was past president of the Sayville Rotary Club and District Governor of Rotary International in charge of all Suffolk County Clubs. In Rotary he held perfect attendance for forty-seven years and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by the Sayville Club. Harold was a member of the School Administrators Association of New York and was given a Jenkins Memorial Life Membership by the Sayville P.T.A. for his dedication to youth. In retirement, Harold held the position of Sayville School District treasurer for twenty-five years and Sayville Library treasurer for over thirty-five years. For over thirteen years he served on the board of trustees of the Long Island Maritime Museum and volunteered as a visiting docent speaking to children in schools around Suffolk County. This program helped lead to New York's approval of a charter for the museum.
Among the guests at the well-attended dedication ceremony were Harold’s wife of seventy-two years Edna, daughters along with their spouses David Price and Keven Forrest, two of his five grandchildren, Jeffrey Price and Jim Price, and Harold’s nephew Peter Goodale and his wife Virginia. Dignitaries representing the South Country Peace Group, Sayville Rotary, the Sayville Library, Sayville School District, St. John’s Lutheran Church, and the Maritime Museum also joined the ceremony, representing the diverse groups in which Harold was involved during his lifetime. Others present to honor Harold were neighbors, members of the Garden Club of Sayville and many other community residents.
The plaque donated by the South Country Peace Group reads: “Education leads to Understanding. Understanding leads to Peace. All three are needed to solve the major problems that confront the world. This peace pole is dedicated to Harold J. Limouze, Sayville High School Educator/Administrator, 1946-1975,” and is a fitting tribute to such an exceptional man..