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“I was the 7th grade English teacher in Old Lyme for six years and Lou Hage was the chairman of the English Department. He became a friend and I...Read More »
1 of 56 | Posted by: Debbie Sandstrom (Jackson) - VA

“Mr. Hage was a consummate gentleman and a renaissance man. He was simultaneously joyful and gentle and firm, always passionate about history and life...Read More »
2 of 56 | Posted by: Hilary Mattison

“Mr. Hage helped us as students to understand the importance of world events. To those of us who pursued careers in journalism, we are thankful to...Read More »
3 of 56 | Posted by: Brad Wright - Washington, DC

“Class of 1973. Mr. Hage was one of my favorite teachers! His enthusiasm, creativity and kindness meant so much to me as I stumbled through...Read More »
4 of 56 | Posted by: Judy Lacourciere - Dumfries, VA

“So many great memories: long hikes in the Connecticut woods, a crazy trip to Vermont in 1972, talking politics at the house on Gorton street when I...Read More »
5 of 56 | Posted by: Mark Shasha - Boston, MA

“from old lyme class of 65 ..for 30 plus more years. Lou touched the lives of many in my family.. He was a wonderful teacher.. after his retirement...Read More »
6 of 56 | Posted by: edyse smith - old lyme, CT


7 of 56 | Posted by: Edyse smith - old lyme, CT

“Virtually my only memories of high school classes at Old Lyme are of my classes with Mr. Hage. He was so enthusiastic. A terrific teacher. ”
8 of 56 | Posted by: Stephen Joncus - Damascus, OR

“So sorry for your loss. I remember my Aunt, Josephine York, speaking very fondly about him and his wife. They were great friends. Prayers for your...Read More »
9 of 56 | Posted by: Rosemary Lewis - Charleston, SC

“To fellow friends and the family of Mr.Hage, I am sad to hear about our loss. Bumping into Mr. Hage over the years has always been Great. When...Read More »
10 of 56 | Posted by: George Peter Colonis - Marshall Islands

“Sarah and family, grief can be so difficult , but having special memories will help you through this time. I met Lou at Sarah's home in Los Angeles ...Read More »
11 of 56 | Posted by: Lynnda Rakes - Los Angeles, CA

“When I think of Old Lyme High School, I think of Lou Hage. He was an awesome teacher to me, a great man, but a better person.RIP "Mr. Hage" ”
12 of 56 | Posted by: Art Thompson - Charlotte, NC

“Mr. Hage had such a radiant smile and contagious laugh. It was clear how much he loved to be a teacher and enjoyed his students.He will be sadly...Read More »
13 of 56 | Posted by: Mary Beth & Jeff Ames - CT

“A rare and truly legendary teacher and human being. He made us all feel important and his number one priority. It was such a treat to bump into him...Read More »
14 of 56 | Posted by: Russell Fogg - Old Lyme, CT

“As a teacher myself for the last 17 years, I cannot express how often I have reached back to the life lessons learned from Mr Hage. I will always...Read More »
15 of 56 | Posted by: Leslie Owen - Pensacola, FL

“As so many have said, Lou Hage was a great teacher and inspirational person. He exuded an appreciation for life and those around him. This tribute,...Read More »
16 of 56 | Posted by: Kim Henry - Class of 1968

“So sorry to lose such a beloved friend. So enjoyed the years of knowing Lou & Nori while my daughters attended L-OL High School and continuing the...Read More »
17 of 56 | Posted by: Mary Beth and Mike Viscione - FL

“Mr.Hage was a gift to any of us that were lucky enough to take his classesI cursed him every time I opened my locker and twelve NY Times would fall...Read More »
18 of 56 | Posted by: Kathy Tisdale - Lyme, CT

“Mr. Hage was one of my favorite teachers at Old Lyme High. He was inspirational, engaging, and just a great teacher. I am deeply saddened by his...Read More »
19 of 56 | Posted by: Peter Cole - Gilbert, AZ

“Mr Hage was a fabulous teacher. I think of him often.My heart goes out to his family. ”
20 of 56 | Posted by: Clare Lynam - Bellingham, WA


21 of 56 | Posted by: Al Roker - New York, NY

“Mr Hage was an inspiration to all who knew him. As a young teacher, I considered him a role model, as a colleague I always appreciated his support...Read More »
22 of 56 | Posted by: Russ Hammond

“My deepest sympathies. Mr. Hage was a great teacher and a great man! I would see him at the community center and he always asked for my family. RIP...Read More »
23 of 56 | Posted by: Jody Smith - Waterford, CT

“Mr. Hage was truly one of the best. He taught with energy, passion, and kindness. Although I am saddened by his passing, his legacy will live on...Read More »
24 of 56 | Posted by: Krista (Dacek) Beermann - Boston, MA

“Dear Joe, Traci, John, Lydia, Sarah, Mark, Catherine, Reno, Lukas, Joelle, Isabelle, Giuliana, and Gabriela, Our hearts go out to you. Mr. Hage (and...Read More »
25 of 56 | Posted by: Liz Salsburg - Oakland, CA

“Mr. Hage was my 6th grade teacher - I believe his first year teaching in Old Lyme. I'll always remember him. The first time I met him I was playing...Read More »
26 of 56 | Posted by: Elizabeth Atwood - Redmond, WA

“I am so very sad to hear of Mr. Hage's passing. He was an amazing teacher- kind, passionate and supportive. I loved his classes and listening to his...Read More »
27 of 56 | Posted by: Laurie Krause (LOLHS, 1978) - CT

“My sister and I were both students in at Lyme-Old Lyme HS and both enjoyed your classes. Thank you for giving me a love of history and for your...Read More »
28 of 56 | Posted by: Bob Knauff - Carmel, IN

“An amazing man. You wanted to work hard in his classes just to see him be proud of you. His smile might be the best one I've ever come across. ...Read More »
29 of 56 | Posted by: peter richardson - ojai, CA

“A beautiful obituary to remember a beautiful man. Mr Hage is the person I think of when I hear the word "teacher". He encouraged us to learn,...Read More »
30 of 56 | Posted by: Tara Shedlosky - Pittsford, NY

“Joe and Family,I'm so sorry for your loss. I never had the pleasure of meeting your father, but from reading this, I now know from where you got...Read More »
31 of 56 | Posted by: Donna Dione - Deep River, CT

“At our 50th reunion last year, Mr Hage remembered me - and I didn't even have him as a teacher! What a remarkable man. ”
32 of 56 | Posted by: Clare Bonelli - now Sonoita, AZ

“Very sorry for the loss of a wonderful man. I taught with Lou for just a few years before he retired but spent many thursdays with him and the pizza...Read More »
33 of 56 | Posted by: Al Honer

“Lou Hage will be remembered by all who knew him as an engaging , warm , and cultured gentleman. His love of theater, art, and music was only...Read More »
34 of 56 | Posted by: Jeff and Mary Withey - Lebanon, CT

“Lou was a person who made you grateful that he crossed your path and left a mark upon your heart and soul. I will,always remember and love him. Most...Read More »
35 of 56 | Posted by: Margaret O'Shea - Old Lyme, CT

“We all miss Lou's quest for the perfect Christmas tree every year. We will miss is good cheer and genuine concern for others. His warmth and...Read More »
36 of 56 | Posted by: Bill McCooey - Amston, CT

“Words could never express my feelings for Lou Hage. He was the biggest inspiration in my life as I too became a teacher. My deepest sorrow and...Read More »
37 of 56 | Posted by: Dan Smith - Key Largo, FL

“We were saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Hage. He was an amazing teacher and an excellent role model. Sincere condolences to his family.Adams...Read More »
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39 of 56 | Posted by: Scott Brown - Old Lyme, CT

“Mr. Hage was a wonderful man and teacher. He was a true gentleman, both in school, and sharing time with his family - especially at Christmas with...Read More »
40 of 56 | Posted by: Kelly Peters - Methuen, MA

“Joe, John, Katherine and Sarah -I was sad to read of your father's passing. Just this past year I came across a postcard to your dad's family written...Read More »
41 of 56 | Posted by: Kathie Lewis-Cassidy - Waterford, CT

“Joey, John, Sarah, and Cathy,Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of a wonderful man whom everybody loved. When I come home and swim...Read More »
42 of 56 | Posted by: Keith Wilkinson - MI

“Mr. Hage may you rest in peace. You were a great man and inspiration. So sorry to the family for your loss. Prayers for you all. ”
43 of 56 | Posted by: Jenn Crowley Troelsen - Lyme, CT

“My deepest sympathy to the Hage family. Lou was the best teacher I ever had and more importantly one of the best people I've ever known. I am one of...Read More »
44 of 56 | Posted by: Bob Smith - Old Lyme, CT

“Very sad to hear of Lou's passing. We knew him only a short while but his generosity of time and spirit were greatly appreciated to make us feel...Read More »
45 of 56 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Hage. He was a wonderful man, he always had a friendly smile and was so happy to see you and chat for...Read More »
46 of 56 | Posted by: A friend

“"The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book." ~Author UnknownThank you Mr. Hage for teaching from your heart in and out of the class...Read More »
47 of 56 | Posted by: Helen Traver Scott - Old Lyme, CT

“I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Hage's passing. He was a fine man and a great educator. Mr. Hage made life so more pleasant for everyone around him. ...Read More »
48 of 56 | Posted by: A friend

“This obituary was a spot on tribute to a beautiful man! Thank you for your genuine concern for all you touched through out your life time! There will...Read More »
49 of 56 | Posted by: Jacklyn Swaney Carney

“He is one of those teachers you never forget. One of those teachers that you hope your kids will be lucky to have at least once in their lives. He...Read More »
50 of 56 | Posted by: Andy Hall - Sturgeon Bay, WI

“My favorite teacher of all time. ”
51 of 56 | Posted by: Martha Roberts McNair

“Our deepest sympathy to the Hage family. Elias "Lou" Hage was an extraordinary mentor to me (and countless others). I consider him among the finest...Read More »
52 of 56 | Posted by: Christopher Roellke - NY

“My greatest sympathies go out to all who were touched by Mr. Hage - especially to his family. As a former student and then an educator for Region 18,...Read More »
53 of 56 | Posted by: Rebecca Bocian - Old Lyme, CT

“To his family and friends I extend my sincere condolences. Lou was a great teacher and I know will be greatly missed by all who knew him.Lou attended...Read More »
54 of 56 | Posted by: Daniel R Jones - Old Lyme, CT

“What can one say about such a man? He was truly an inspiration, touching many lives including ours. He transformed world history in high school...Read More »
55 of 56 | Posted by: Art & Lynn Welch - Oakdale, CT

“So very sad that Lou has passed. He was a wonderful man who lived life to the fullest - traveling the world, entertaining family and friends,...Read More »
56 of 56 | Posted by: Lisa Esposito-Trebilcock - Naples, FL


Waterford - Elias Joseph Hage, 84, of Seabreeze Drive, passed away at home on Monday, August 7, 2017. He was surrounded by his family and his devoted friend, Ed Najim. Elias was the only child of Lebanese immigrants, Munira Jimal and Joseph Simon Hage of New London. His mother called him "Lou" to distinguish him from his uncle and namesake who also lived with them. The nickname stuck. Losing his mother to cancer when he was 11 years old affected Elias profoundly. With few close relatives and an expansive heart, Elias spent his life creating an ever-growing circle of family and friends that extended to the community at large. Elias attended Bulkeley High School, where he graduated in 1951, and attended every reunion until this year. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1955 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1955-1957, after which he worked a brief stint in retail at J.C. Penny in upstate New York. Retail was not his calling, but it was then that he met the love of his life, Eleanor Nicholas, while visiting a distant relation in Utica. They married in 1960 and raised four children in New London before moving to Waterford in 1973. Elias and Eleanor shared 51 years together, before Eleanor died in 2011. Beloved Teacher Following the advice of his father, Elias found his true calling as a teacher. For 38 years, Elias primarily taught history and economics at Lyme/Old Lyme High School where he inspired generations of students, several of whom later became friends and kept in touch with him throughout the years."He's an institution here," said Principal W. Scott Brown at the time of Elias's retirement. "There are few who have such a soulful relationship with the students and community." He was passionate about the subject matter and personally invested in the success of his students. He had a knack for making students want to do their best, motivating them with a combination of respect, praise, and even guilt. He took his classes on unforgettable field trips to New York City every year to see the UN, the The New York Stock Exchange, a Broadway show, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Spanish Harlem. Lover of the Arts Elias fell in love with opera listening to radio broadcasts as a child. His first purchase was a recording of Enrico Caruso that he played on a hand-crank Victrola. He loved the theater, attending plays and musicals in New York, Goodspeed Opera House and the Eugene O'Neill theater in Waterford. He was a patron of these organizations and many other philanthropic causes. He shared his passion for the arts with his children and grandchildren, taking them to plays, concerts, operas and museums. Friendships Elias genuinely loved people and cherished those who shared a history with him. Entertaining friends with food and lively conversation to celebrate joyous times, and moral support during difficult ones, made life meaningful for Elias. His friendships lasted a lifetime, maintaining childhood friends and making new ones in each phase of his life. He had the kind of personality that drew people in, making each person feel special. One friend said that the greatest compliment you can give to someone in our community is to say, "You are just like Lou" or "You are just like Nori (his wife)." Family Elias was never more happy than when his entire family was gathered in his home in front of the massive Christmas tree, taking long swims together at the beach, or piled into the family car for vacation. "As long as we are together" was his refrain. Elias was a devout Catholic with a special devotion to the Virgin Mary in memory of his mother. He is survived by his four children, Joseph Elias Hage and his wife, Traci, John Luke Hage and his wife, Lydia, Sarah Marie Hage and her husband, Mark Eckard, and Catherine Ann Hage and her partner, Reno Rhind; as well as five grandchildren, Lukas Hage, Joelle Hage, Isabelle Hage, Giuliana Hage, and Gabriela Hage. and many extended family members. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, in St. Joseph's Church, 17 Squire St., New London. Interment to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Elias J. Hage History/Economics Award Lyme-Old Lyme High School, St. Joseph's School in New London or Center for Hospice Care Southeast Connecticut.

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