Lawrence Allan McKillop, known by most as Larry, and by a lucky few as Dad or Papa, passed away in his home on April 26th, 2021. He will be greatly missed by his wife Kathy, his children Hayley, Samantha, and Trevor (Stephanie) and his grandchildren Seth, Jackson, Hannah, Lincoln, and Evelyn – in addition to the countless others that were enriched by having him as a part of their lives.
As his family and friends mourn his death and celebrate his life, it becomes apparent to those who knew him well how difficult it is to explain "Larry" to those that did not. When reading this list of key defining attributes and characteristics, please ask yourself if these all sound like they could possibly describe a single person:
Larry brought energy, charisma and a strong work ethic (learned from his mother) into everything he did. This led to a very interesting and rewarding career arc from working as a farm hand at 16, to a meat cutter, and then finally finding his natural talent in dealing with people through his work in sales. Larry attributed his success to a willingness to work harder than everyone else. He felt that regardless of what your job is, you need to take pride in your work and always strive to be the best version of yourself. But we would argue that his true calling in life was being a parent. As a father and papa (really a second dad to his grandkids) he was loving, supportive, encouraging, but also fun and kinda goofy.
The past few months were very difficult for Larry since his diagnosis with terminal cancer. However, it did afford him the opportunity to spend some quality time with his loved ones and say a proper goodbye. He was also able to witness the difference he had made on the people around him. As word of his diagnosis got out, Larry heard from all the people that he had helped throughout the years, whether it was through his work with Lion's or his role in helping to develop girl's hockey in Strathroy. Very few people get to live out the ending of It's A Wonderful Life in true George Bailey-esque fashion, and it moved him deeply to see how big of an impact he had on his community.
Donations in his name can be made to either the Salvation Army or The Women’s Rural Resource Centre. In addition to any donation, we also ask that you promise to keep Larry's memory alive. To those that knew him well, please take the time to tell one of his grandkids a story about their Papa every time you see them.
Larry’s family would also like to extend their thanks to Dr. Marshall and the nurses from VON for taking such good care of him and making him feel comfortable.
Visitation will be held at DENNING’S OF STRATHROY on Thursday, April 29, 2021. Registration is required as we have limited capacity at the funeral home due COVID-19 restrictions. Please click on the link https://signup.com/go/GhmHCCg to register or call (519) 245-1023 for further information. There will be a livestream on Larry’s Funeral Service available for anyone who would like to view on Friday, April 30, 2021. Please click here. Share a memory at www.strathroyfuneralhome.com. Once the pandemic is over Larry's family will host a celebration of life party where we can all toast in person to Larry: "the richest man in town!"