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Condolence From: Barbara Van Hee
Condolence: es, I will attend Larry's celebration of life with great sadness but with gratitude that this fine man walked our earth. My husband would like to come as well as he knew how much Larry meant to me and the Carleton School community.

Our condolences and sympathy to you Cathy and Serena and all family members. He was such a great man. It was an honour to know him.

Barbara Van Hee
Tuesday December 05, 2017
Condolence From: Carol Zrymiak
Condolence: Hello Cathy-

I am very sad to hear the news of Larry’s passing. We went out for a beautiful lunch this summer and I so enjoyed my time with him. He spoke of you and his daughter and granddaughter and his immense love and pride of his family.

Larry’s love and respect for the students he worked with was well-known amongst our group. I would often say to Larry that I was in awe of his intelligence. His passion for so many topics was so stimulating.

I do look forward to hearing the beautiful stories that will be shared about your sweet husband on Jan. 20th. I will miss him.

My thoughts,

Carol Zrymiak
Tuesday December 05, 2017
Condolence From: Esther Yoshida
Condolence: Dear Cathy and family,
My heart goes out to you and your family at such a difficult time. Larry was such a wonderful man whom we will never forget. I count it a privilege to join with you and your family in celebrating his remarkable life on January 20.
Love and prayers,
Esther Yoshida. (primary teacher at Carleton
Tuesday December 05, 2017
Condolence From: Nancy Kartsonas
Condolence: Cathy, I am saddened to hear of Larry's passing. He was one of those people that mentored me in my early years when I was at Cook Elementary and later Killarney Secondary. I fondly remember the articulation meetings at Carleton school. Larry always worked with some of the most complex kids and always with kindness and a smile. He was an incredible advocate for kids and I will always remember that.
Again, I am so sorry for your loss and to hear of Larry's passing.
Nancy Kartsonas
Tuesday December 05, 2017
Condolence From: Kit
Condolence: Thank you for your note to Cathy (and me) about losing Larry to this life.
Cathy expressed how Larry's family was heartbroken by his passing...that
touched the deepest part of my feelings to about losing Larry.
Devastating is how Samir, whom you know, also expressed Larry passing. I
had heard from Cathy that Larry was in hospice care the weekend before
last, I had hoped to see him, but it wasn't possible at that point. The
next day I flew to Barcelona for a week...a very long way, but I love
Barcelona. I felt the loss of Larry during that week away, and I have to
say that it was also a gift to breathe in deeply the mortality of us all,
and Larry has gone ahead now...I feel sad I didn't spend more time with
him in these last months...Larry was a gem, that's how I always described
him to others...I will miss him greatly...but hold his spirit and
philosophical perspective close...he had a unique and amazing capacity for
understanding and a generosity of soul...he is irreplaceable.

I hope you're well...let me know how you are,


Tuesday December 05, 2017
Condolence From: Ana
Condolence: Dearest Cathy and Christopher,

I am very sad to hear the news of Larry s passing. He was a very kind
spirit and a powerful mind. I have enjoyed every conversation we held with him and you, Christopher, over email, and I found myself very many times going back to them, as a way to think through issues important to me / to us.

I don t have very many words to express my sorrow. I would like (if I am able) draw and write something that can be part of the celebration of his life in January. I am aware January was the month of his birthday as well.

I am sending you both a big, big hug and much love. Abrazos, as we say here.
Ana Inés from Argentina
Tuesday December 05, 2017
Condolence From: Karin Bernauer
Condolence: Hi Cathy and family
My condolences to all of you on the passing of the beloved Larry. I worked with Larry my whole career at Carleton, starting in 1989. He was such a wonderful colleague and loved that school so much. It was a huge loss to us when he retired. We weren't able to give him a large send off as we were in the middle of a strike, but a large group of us did get together to honour him and Sara, who was also retiring. He was always available to bounce ideas off of and gave great advice when dealing with challenging students. I know that he was so proud of his daughter and was looking forward to spending time with you on Mayne Island. My heart goes out to you. Larry will not be forgotten.
best wishes
Tuesday December 05, 2017
Condolence From: Dianne
Condolence: Cathy,

My name is Dianne Rice and I was part of Larry’s Family Systems Group that got together a few times a year. Maybe you remember meeting us all on Face Time in Judith Snider's kitchen earlier this year. We all so enjoyed that Face Time visit with Larry, and at that time I recall thinking that he was the most positive, upbeat and optimistic cancer patient I had known. As I’m sure the others have told you, he was such an inspiration and always challenged us with knowledge he’d gained from the latest books he’d read and from the knowledge he'd acquired from his past learnings. He was a mentor for sure and for me, that will be his legacy. Larry was a gentle man and a gentleman, a caring colleague and counsellor, an all-around wonderful man. It was obvious how much he loved his family. I just wanted you to know what an honour it has been for me to know Larry and to be his colleague and most importantly a friend.

I will definitely be at the Celebration of Larry’s Life on January 20/18.

I look forward to meeting you, Cathy, in person, and I extend my deepest sympathy to you and to your family.

Tuesday December 05, 2017
Condolence From: Janice Sokukawa
Condolence: Dear Cathy,
I am deeply saddened by this news. I worked with Larry at Carleton. I don't have the words to express how sorry I am to hear this news. I know Larry always had the appropriate words and wisdom for everyone!!! He was a beautiful, gracious, kind, intelligent and gentle soul. He is loved and will be forever missed. I will be at Larry's memorial. Thank you for inviting me. Take care. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time xo
Janice Sokukawa
Tuesday December 05, 2017
Condolence From: Alan
Condolence: Larry’s Returning

Larry’s returning
To the Silence that bristles with life
His gentle voice
Always enquiring
With extraordinary stamina and delicacy
Loving the meaning
It found in the depth of words
Unexplored by most
Longing for belonging
But not to belong
To superficial coherences unready to accept
The need for learning
He held in such store
And passed on to others
Asking for more

This voice won’t be missed
It will ever more be hear
Fresh in our memories
Calling each and all of us
Into speaking out from our love and fear
Tuesday December 05, 2017