We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Richardson Funeral Home
Larry “the Rock” Lorino was well-loved, and truly a rock to his beloved wife Sondra and his pride and joy, Sully Lorino. Son of Anna "Sissy" and Mario (Max) Lorino In his earlier years, he was literally the Rock in the band the Outriders and as one of them recently said, he was a great drummer who never missed a beat. He also didn’t miss the presence of a girl in the audience at Lena’s where the band was playing on September 10th, 1988, which is how he met and quickly won over Sondra’s affection. They were married on May 8th, 1993, with his “lads” from the band in attendance; they were like brothers to him. Just recently the lads arranged a long-overdue get-together, which brought Larry so much joy in his final days. His “adopted sisters” Hester, Judy, and Sharon, brother-in-law Mike W., former brother-in-law Mike A., and nieces and nephews all made an effort to see him often and make him laugh, as did many other friends and neighbors during his final months. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews, Godchildren, and friends who cared deeply about Larry. He will be sorely missed by his mother and father-in-law, Johanna and Henk Auwerda, who adopted Larry as the son they never had as soon as he met Sondra.
If you knew Larry you could not help but love him, he had no enemies in this world; he was a genuinely good guy throughout his entire life. Even if he had just met you, he would treat you as a friend, and would quickly win you over. He had a way of making everyone feel like a special person in his life. He will never be forgotten by anyone who knew him.
Although it was a long hard fight for Larry for many years, he remained as strong and kind as he possibly could for his family. He never complained and did his best to not burden others. His death still felt very sudden for all who loved Larry but be comforted in knowing that in the end, Sondra was at his side, holding his hand and stroking his head, and giving him a final kiss as he took his last breaths. He died peacefully and gracefully with his beloved wife by his side, which is how he wanted to spend his final moments on earth.
Larry is no longer with us physically, but he is somewhere playing his drums, scuba diving, picking out a nice wine, having a cigar, playing with his dogs, exploring ruins, traveling to new and exciting places, and doing all the things that had become so difficult or impossible for him. He would want everyone to celebrate his life, and not dwell on the huge hole he has left in all our hearts.
Per Larry’s wishes, there will be no service, but there will be a future celebration of his life, after the grief of his loss becomes less difficult, and his family and friends can truly celebrate the amazing person Larry was.
Larry was so proud of, and a great supporter of Sully and always encouraged Sully to be the person they wanted to be. Because of this, in lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the Mazzoni Center to honor his love for his family.
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