Louis Ray Ulrich
March 10, 1968 – January 10, 2021
(If you knew Lou or have ever met him, you can hear this picture)
Louis Ulrich was an amazing person and outstanding musician. He had a huge personality. Though he was born in St. Louis, he must have always known Boston would become his home because at the age of five, he ran away from home, walking towards the highway to join the Revolution in Boston.
As a boy, Lou’s favorite place was the country, our family property, where he and his family would camp as often as they could. He could be found riding his motorcycle down the dirt road, with his trusty dog Circle right beside him, visiting all of the relatives or swimming in the creek. He also loved frog gigging, telling scary stories around the campfire and participating in the annual bottle rocket fight. Oh yes, nothing better than cousins, uncles and even your own father trying to hit you with a lit bottle rocket! One of my favorite stories from the country was when he was riding his motorcycle and his Grandma Hazel said, “Look, those boys don’t have helmets on” and Aunt Gracie said “that’s not all they don’t have on” – he and his cousin were riding up and down the road naked! And watch out, because his nakedness did not end there. He was also known to moon you every now and then, and you should have NEVER left your camera unattended with Lou around!
Lou graduated from Parkway North High School in 1986 where he played in the jazz and marching bands and orchestra. He was a drum major, ran track, wrestled and played football. During his high school years he also played bass on a Riverboat cruise ship and had a band. His band once played in his backyard and cars passing by pulled over on the highway and walked towards the music. Of course, it was a short performance because the police came and even provided a light show thanks to their helicopter.
After high school, Lou graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston. He loved Boston and the music scene. He made so many great friends that became his family while remaining close to his family and friends in St. Louis.
Lou was blessed to be able to make a living doing what he loved. He was a four-time Boston Music Awards winner, and has performed and toured throughout the US and Europe. Most recently, Lou taught at The Real School of Music in Boston and played with bands including Tore Up and The Tim Gearan Band, along with several others.
Lou never met a stranger and a common thread amongst his friends is that he made people feel at home and was always so much fun to hang out with during gig breaks. Lou could tell a story like no other and could make up a song out of just about anything. Our personal favorites were: “Got My Mind Set on Lou”, “All I Want For Christmas is Lou”, “Happy Just to Dance with Lou” and his favorite, “Lou Shook Me All Night Long”. Any song with the word you he would change to Lou or poo and those songs were funny too.
Lou was preceded in death by his mother Mary Kay Ulrich (Dillinger), his father Gary Ulrich ((Nancy) and girlfriend Heather Ducey. He is survived by his sister, Terri Eylar (Gene), brother, Bill Ulrich (Andrea), nieces Christina Hardie (Howard) Rachel Schafer, Erin McRaven (Billy), great-nieces Kaylyn Hardie and Samantha Schafer, great-nephews Josh Hardie and Jordan Hardie, great-great nephew Josiah Hardie, great-great niece Ava Hardie and many other relatives and countless friends.
We are so grateful that he had such an amazing network of friends/family in Boston that supported and took care of him. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. We are all better people because we knew him. His memory will live on through our stories, pictures and songs. Those who did not get the pleasure of knowing him have missed out but, we will be happy to share a story with you.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date in both St. Louis and Boston. Please share your stories about Lou, so his memory will live on.