July 21, 1947 - October 10, 2023
In Loving Memory ~
Larry passed away peacefully at the age of 76, surrounded by family and close friends. In his own words "it was a good time, for a long time".
He is survived by his wife Trudy, son Evan, daughters Hannah (Nigel), Ona (Dallas), brother Stephen (Pat) and Linda (Brant), five grandchildren and eight nieces and nephews and their families.
Larry was born in London, Ontario to Linda and Jack Williams. As the first born of three children in a military family, they lived in different parts of Eastern Canada.
When Larry graduated from high school in Ottawa, their dad was posted to Ogden, Utah. It was here, amidst the snowy peaks, that Larry discovered his lifelong passion for skiing. From the moment he put on skis there was no turning back; it became a lifelong love affair with powder days and carving turns.
Larry did things a bit out of order, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts - Marketing, from Weber State, then 'retired' straight out of University to go skiing. From Utah, he ended up in Banff where he made lifelong friends and skied all over the Rockies.
In his life he skied all over North America, Europe, New Zealand and Japan...but Red Mountain became his home when he and some friends bought The Red Shutter Inn in 1974. For close to 30 years, the walls of the Red Shutter Inn echoed with his laughter and the warmth of his hospitality.
He met Trudy when she moved to Rossland and checked into the Red Shutter cabin in 1993. They married and celebrated the birth of Evan in 1995 and Larry settled into a role he had always wanted; father (and step father). He left retirement and eventually found his way back to Teck, where he worked until he (officially) retired in 2017.
In addition to skiing, he loved fishing, golfing, hosting dinner parties, sharing a glass of wine with good friends, and of course a competitive game of crib or dominoes. Larry was proud of his family and grandchildren, cared for his community, helped fundraise for important causes, and could be found at the ballpark or arena when his grandsons were playing. He kept in regular contact with his family and friends near and far by phone.
Larry will best be remembered for his larger-than-life personality, love and loyalty to family and friends, and generosity. He was brash, confident, caring and kind. He lived a life filled with the thrill of adventure, the warmth of friendship, and love for the simple joys that made him the memorable person we had the privilege to know.
Join us for a celebration of life - Larry's 'Last' Loop - at the Miner's Hall in Rossland on February 29th, 2024, at 4:00 pm.