Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Larry Bill


I just got the word that a coworker died. He was at work yesterday so it must have been last night or early today (5/18 or 5/19/2015). I am assuming is was from cancer or the effects of chemotherapy.

There was a nice obit in the Buffalo News.

I have worked with Larry Bill since about 2001 or 2002 and knew him quite well. He has always been a very hard worker - someone you could count on to be there. He will be missed by many people.

When his father died Larry took over a lawn mowing and snow shoveling business his father had started. He kept that going until pressures from his health forced him to cut down. He lost the vision in one eye and could not drive which limited him in his business activities.

He did graduate from Bryant Stratton and was actually a very intelligent person.

To say Larry was a character would be an understatement. He had a gift of gab - some people would even call him a motor mouth due to his volume of talk. His intelligence made it so he would never bore you with too much repetition. His interests were many and great. He was just fun to talk with.

He also used to talk extensively about his love of dancing. At Buffalo Sabres games he would even go into the aisles and do the Twist. He was so popular he even was given the nickname "The Twister". He always got a kick out of it when someone would see him on the street and call him the Twister.

He was also a great fan of Terry Buchwald (Elvis impersonator) and went to see him whenever he could.

With his loss of driving capability he took to the buses and walking. He got around extensively by foot and went regularly to church walking. He loved being active in the church and volunteered for many activities.

He also loved to go to restaurants and things like barbecues at churches and other places. If there was a big festival anywhere in the Buffalo area Larry would love to go. He was one of the most active people I ever knew. He just loved getting out and about.

It is seldom we are fortunate enough to meet a genuinely unique person. Larry was really one of a kind and he will genuinely be missed. I have great sympathy for his wife. She really got a whirlwind of activity when she got him and I think they were a great match.
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