George H. Largay II, 68, died May 28 at his home from an extended illness. He was the husband of Sheila Largay.

He was born in Waterbury to the late John and Catherine Largay. He was a gifted student and athlete and played football, hockey and ran track at Canterbury School in New Milford. From there he went on to Princeton University and Stanford Business School, where he forged lifelong friendships with kindred spirits: folks who worked hard and played hard.

He enjoyed competitive activities, such as racing a sailboat on Lake Quassapaug and playing in his family's annual Thanksgiving touch football game. His other passion was his family. He never missed his children's --or his grandchildren's -- games and performances. He was always there to cheer for them; he was their biggest fan.

After graduating, he took the reins of two family businesses: Highland Manufacturing and Anchor Fasteners, both in Waterbury. In 2000, he accepted a research position at an investment firm in Fairfield.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Blaire Farrar, and her husband, Colin Farrar, of Washington; a son, Bryan Largay, and his wife, Hilde Largay, of Santa Cruz, Calif.; a daughter, Ery Largay, and her husband, Tim Wadlow, of Beverly, Mass.; and a daughter, Galen Ryley, and her husband, John Ryley, of Newport, R.I.; a sister, Dorothy Largay, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and brothers, Jack Largay, of Centerville, Mass.; Tim Largay, of Avon; Richard Largay, of Cummaquid, Mass.; and Philip Largay, of St. James City, Fla.; and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Terenzi, and a brother, Robert Largay.

The Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home in Woodbury was in charge of the arrangements. Burial was at the Lake Elise Cemetery in Middlebury.

Memorials can be made to the Middlebury Land Trust Inc., P.O. Box 193, Middlebury CT 06762.