William Larry McDowell

August 6, 1945 ~ October 9, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old

William McDowell Obituary

Larry was a resident of Ocean Gate for 40 years. Larry was active in Ocean Gate including the Beach and Boardwalk Association, Ocean Gate Community Watch and a regular positive participant in the Ocean Gate Council Meetings.

Larry grew up in Bayville NJ and graduated from Central Regional High School. While at Central Regional, Larry was Class President and of course an athlete showing his love of sports. Larry
excelled in football and was proud of being chosen Captain of the team. After high school Larry earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Appalachian State in Boone North Carolina.

Larry began his career at Pemberton High School as a teacher, student advisor, and distinguished football Coach. As much as Larry loved football and coaching the game “Coach Mac” also loved
working with the hundreds of student players over the years, helping them to succeed in school in college and even some into the NFL. Still, Larry was a great coach at Pemberton High School leading the teams to mostly winning seasons including a New Jersey State Championship. Due to his great commitment and support of his teams and more importantly to Pemberton High and his players, the Pemberton School District honored Larry by renaming their stadium the “William McDowell Stadium” (William is his actual first name). Many of Larry's former players still stay in contact with Larry many years after they played for him, showing the respect and love they have for Larry. They will be devastated by his loss.

Larry will be missed and loved forever.

Donations made to the JDRF Diabetes Foundation at, would be greatly appreciated. 

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