June 4, 1941 – December 20, 2020
Larry was born in Flin Flon, Manitoba to Gwen (Brewer) and Bill Calvert. The family moved to Matlock, Manitoba in 1959. Larry finished high school in Gimli, Manitoba. While attending University of South Florida he thought following his friends to Vietnam would be better than a Manitoba winter.
A chat with mom and dad, Larry was on his way to Eureka, Ellsmere Island, Northwest Territories, Canada, 693 miles from the North Pole. Following more Canadian north employment, he looked to warmer countries; Saudi Arabia, Australia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Nigeria and back to Manitoba and west to British Columbia.
In 2004 Larry and Gwen moved to Duncan on Vancouver Island to live with Wendy and Ted. Bonus for Larry, four blocks from the casino, an easy commute on his scooter. Larry, also answering to Red or Viking, had a wish: IF he got old, all he needed was a warm place and audience for his stories. Well, Duncan’s title as The Warm Land and living at Cairnsmore Place for the past ten years, his wish was granted.
There were many fond memories with Larry. Bob and Larry canoe fishing with at Flin Flon lakes; Chris and Larry fishing off the Matlock Pier; and Wendy sitting on the front square of the toboggan. “It was not his finest hour, having to explain my split lip to mom. At age thirteen, Larry took me and my friend June to see the movie ‘Psycho’, we haven’t had shower curtains in our home since.
To me, Larry was the cool older brother, who taught me to jive, curl, figure the mystery of the clutch, gas and shifter of a 1952 Dodge, and always check the fuel tank. That piece of advice came by way of Larry and I witnessing the landing of the Gimli Glider with an empty fuel tank on July 23, 1983.”
The precious memory his nieces and nephew have is Christmas Eve, 1975. Uncle Larry, wearing his Buffalo coat on the ski-doo, towing a decorated sleigh with Santa Claus, a.k.a. Len Ford, sleigh bells ringing, loaded with presents.
Larry is predeceased by his mom, dad, brothers Bob and Chris. Remembering him is his sister Wendy and brother-in-law Ted Hooper; sister-in-law Day Calvert of Tampa, Florida; nieces Deena, Brook, Christa, Lindsey and nephew Chris; great nieces Elyssa, Sarah, Bella and cousins Wayne, Terry Genevieve, Kevin, Susan, Bill, Norma and Bev.
Wendy and Ted wish to thank the beautiful people at Cairnsmore Place, Dr. Teresa Elliott, Jason Czettisch of Mann’s Pharmacy, Vicky Allen and many more for their care of Larry. He did not want to go gently into the night, he wanted to keep travelling, bringing exciting gifts and stories home to entertain us. His favorite was the narwhal tusk exchanged for a crowbar.
I told him to put the kettle on, we’ll all show up eventually. Red will be with his mom, dad and little brother Chris at St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Larry will be deeply missed.
Our travelling man is home.
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