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Monday August 9, 2010

MALONEY, Lawrence Owen, ''Larry''
passed away at home on Thursday, August 5, 2010 in his 92nd year after a recent diagnosis of lung cancer. Survived by his sons, Peter and partner Aaron Jin (Waterloo, Ontario), Denny and wife Lyn (London, Ontario and Naples, Florida), Terry (London, Ontario) and Murray (Meaford, Ontario). Predeceased by his beloved wife of 64 years, Helen (née Phillips), three years ago, and earlier by sons Larry, Jr. and Philip. Grandfather of Kevin and wife Nicole (Dallas, Texas), Craig and wife Sherry (Bedford, Nova Scotia), Karen Zimmerman and husband Craig (Oakland, Iowa), Kelly (Pickering, Ontario), Michael (London, Ontario), Chris and Brendan (Meaford, Ontario). Great- grandfather of Haley Navaisha Maloney, and Austin and Macie Zimmerman. Predeceased by his sisters Iola, Kay and Winnifred and his brothers Mark and Ralph. He is missed by his sister-in-law Nadejda (Annie) Rainville, his brother-in-law Methody (Ted) Phillips, his daughter-in-law Suzanne Maloney, and nieces and nephews, George Maloney, Mike Maloney, Mary Maloney, Mark Maloney, Bridget Maloney, Carole Best, Tommy Beauvais, Peggy Beauvais, Brian Beauvais, Diane Pirie, Cathy Beauvais, Paul Maloney, Tim Maloney, Pat Maloney, Fred Rapley, Penney Brown, Elizabeth Leatherdale, Georgea Waffle, Dianne Papadopoulos, Gerry Rainville, Sharon Rainville, Stacey Delmont, Shelley Vranjes, Peter Phillips, John Phillips, and Ed Phillips. Born July 2, 1919 in Montreal, second youngest of six children born to Winifred Maloney (née McKinney) and Lewis Sydney Maloney. About 1927 the family moved to the Beach area of Toronto where Larry's father built apartments along Kingston Road. His mother died in 1930 in Toronto, when he was 11. In 1934, when Larry was 15, his father remarried, to Mary McGrath. In 1936, when Larry was 17, his father died, in Toronto. Larry's stepmother returned to Montreal and died there in 1937. Following high school, orphaned and unwillingly idle in the waning years of the Depression, he got by with the support of his elder siblings, whom he credited with ''raising'' him. He enlisted in the R.C.A.F. in October, 1940, aged 21, serving, in Canada and overseas, for the duration of hostilities, in the trade of Ground Radar Operator, ultimately achieving the rank of Sgt., before being discharged in March, 1945. While in uniform he met the love of his life, Helen Phillips, and, after he returned from England, they married in February, 1943 at Toronto. They were able to spend some of the war years living together when he was stationed at RCAF Station Bagotville in 1944. Following demobilization, they started a family, living in a flat on Balsam Avenue in the Beach area of Toronto. Larry started working for McColl Frontenac Oil Company which was later absorbed by Texaco of Canada. In 1951 Larry took up a job as a clerk at the Montreal East refinery and the family moved from Toronto to Point-aux-Trembles. Later they bought their first house, in Ville St. Michel, then a suburb of the city of Montreal, where they lived from 1953 to 1972. As the family grew Larry followed in the footsteps of his builder father, designing and personally constructing, with the help of some neighbours, a major addition to the house. Larry returned to school, taking evening courses at the same college his two eldest sons were attending He earned a hard-won Registered Industrial Accountant (now CMA) designation. He was soon promoted to Texaco's head office, then located on downtown Montreal's rue de la Montagne. In 1972 the head office moved to Toronto's Don Mills area and the family moved to Scarborough, Ontario. After a few years as Chief Accountant of Texaco Canada, Larry retired at the age of 59, in 1978. Helen and Larry wintered in Largo, Florida for their respective remaining years. In 2003 they sold their Scarborough home and moved to the family estate near Meaford, Ontario while continuing to spend half the year in Florida. In his youth, Larry was an avid player of baseball, hockey and lacrosse – a sport which left a moderate, but noticeable, deviation of his nose. His teammates became lifelong friends, continuing on to celebrate their respective ninetieth birthdays together. In his middle years Larry's athletic pursuits turned to golf and bowling. He enjoyed singing, dancing and kibitzing at bridge. He gardened from the time he had his first house in the 1950s well into his 91st year, making raspberry jam and pickling beets each fall. In his retirement years, Larry took up writing, published a book of short stories, and was an enthusiastic member of writers' groups in both Owen Sound and Pinellas County. He had the ability to make everyone feel welcome with a warm smile, a few words, a twinkle in his eyes, and his intelligent, gentle, and very quick brand of humour. Faithful, loving, husband. Sturdy, hardworking provider. Loyal and supportive father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Friend to all he met. A gentle man has passed. He will be missed. Thanks to Dr. Alexandra Collins and Dr. Justin Aubin for their constant care. Thanks also to Meaford Hospital, Veterans' Affairs, CCAC, and the nurses and PSWs from Paramed and Care Partners for their support in providing palliative homecare. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at Gardiner-Wilson Funeral Home, 60 Denmark Street, Meaford, Ontario. (519) 538-2550. Visitation begins at noon. The family will receive visitors at home following the funeral.

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