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LARRY ARTHUR LAKER November 1, 1952 - April 29, 2015 Following a courageous and hard-fought battle with cancer, Larry Arthur Laker, aged 62, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his own home on April 29, 2015. Larry was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 1, 1952 and spent his life in his hometown, with a brief stay in Toronto, Ontario. Larry's life was fueled by his two grand passions: music and family. Larry found music at a very young age, playing his first gig at the age of 13. He was considered by many to be a staple of Winnipeg's music community, singing and playing guitar in many local and touring bands, including United Soul Appeal, Thunder Bolt, and Cahoots. Two of his career highlights were opening for The Guess Who and playing the same festival as Stevie Ray Vaughn. Following his marriage to the love of his life, Connie, on November 19, 1971 and the birth of his sons, Larry Jr. and James, Larry chose to spend less time on the road and focus his career on helping fellow musicians find the perfect instrument. He built amplifiers at Garnet Amplifiers, moved into a sales role at Major & Minor, and ended his career at Long & McQuade. Larry loved spending time with his family at the cabin in Winnipeg Beach, sitting in the sun on the patio with a glass of wine and good friends, recording his favourite songs in his home studio, and watching a good movie. He was comforted during his illness by the many visits from friends and loved ones, particularly a private living room performance by The Bros. Landreth, arranged by their father and Larry's dear friend, Wally. Larry was predeceased by his parents, Arthur Lawrence and Laura Marie Bruce Laker Perkin; his brother Randy; and father-in-law Martin Geswin. Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 43 years, Connie; his sons, Larry Jr. and James (Lisa); and his grandchildren, Ethan, Braeden and Kyna. He will be missed by his siblings, Ken (Irene), Rick, Debbie (Andre), Melody (Brian), Candace (Kevin) and Giselle, and his many nieces and nephews; his stepfather Herb Perkin; his mother-in-law Olga Geswin; his sister-in-law Betty-Ann Geswin, and his canine best friend, Amber. Larry will be forever in the hearts of his many friends. The family thanks CancerCare Manitoba and Larry's palliative care team. A memorial service will be held at Glen Eden Funeral Home and Cemetery at 4477 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Larry's memory to CancerCare Manitoba or The Winnipeg Humane Society. Glen Eden Funeral Home & Cemetery 204-338-7111
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 02, 2015