Lawrence John Latimer
10 November , 1957 – 23 July , 2019
Lawrence John Latimer was born on 10 November , 1957 and passed away on 23 July , 2019.
- Memorial Mass Monday, 29 July , 2019
Lawrence John Latimer
2 August 2019
Larry and I never met but had so many things in common. Ironically about three weeks before his passing, I bundled up all my Downey memories for the Historical Society. He thanked me for saving “stuff” and said he would be posting photos soon. I was shocked to hear he had left us. He also took great interest in my and my family’s relationship with Ernestine Beaver a teacher whom he knew but also a cat fancier with whom my family had a close relationship. Larry found me a picture of her teacher graduation photo. Then there was everything aerospace. He is simply irreplaceable, and Downey has lost a valuable member of the community. Surely the city would rally around a permanent memorial to a true son of Downey. RIP Larry.
31 July 2019
I am so sorry that I missed Larry's funeral and Mass. ( today is 7/31) I have been ill. I want to extend my condolences to his family and beloved little dog. Not for mine alone but also for the members and friends of The Downey Children's Theatre and Downey Civic Light Opera who were so delighted to view all the photos, scenes and memories from the collection of Mr. John Hume that Larry so graciously put on the computer for all to share. I, like so many, met Larry through my computer problems and we found so many over-laps of Downey acquaintances. He seemed so delighted to learn about the early days of Children's Theatre. I did not know of his illness and am so shocked and saddened by this generous man's passing. Blessings to all his family. I shall remember him with joy and gratitude for his generosity, kindness and for all he did for the theatre and the City of Downey.
29 July 2019
I had the pleasure of meeting Larry through my job in 2012. Larry was always so very friendly and kind. He was extremely patient with our staff and so very thoughtful of our needs. Our office was so hurt upon the announcement of his passing. Larry was so knowledgeable with the city of Downey which he loved. We could literally talk about anything with Larry. I will miss you dearly my friend. I will miss your broad smile when you came into our office and I will miss our personal greeting when you would say "What's up brother" the first time that Larry said that to me I knew then he was super cool, lol. I knew that his illness was a concern but he tried to push through it all. May God bless the Latimer family and may you find strength in your bereavement. Larry was a great human being. RIP my friend.
25 July 2019
My wife Melinda & I met Larry several years ago because of our computer needs. He was so patient with us and we so appreciated not only his technical skills but his kindness as a friend. He had great stories to share with us about his family travels, Downey aviation & other historical facts about our city. We are so saddened by this news and want to extend our deepest condolences to his family.