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Laurence "Larry" Ralph Long

19 November, 193918 November, 2020

One day short of his 81st birthday, Larry lost his eighteen-year battle with cancer in the Sunnybrook palliative care unit the morning of November 18, 2020. He is survived by Audrey (nee Johnston) Long, his loving wife of 58 years and high school sweetheart; his daughters, Stacey Long, her husband Sean Taylor, and Amy Long, her husband TJ Dawe; and his grandsons, Heath and Liam Taylor, all who feel a huge void in their lives and hearts. He will also be sorely missed by his sister Linda Gwin (nee Long), his niece, Megan (nee Gwin) and husband, Richard Dean and boys, Kieran and Shaun; sister-in-law Roberta Wise; niece, Mary Ellen and husband, Gary Jonas, and families; nephew, Robert Wyatt and partner Joanne, and families; and nephew, Daniel Wise and wife, Frances, and family. Larry is predeceased by his loving parents, Ralph and Margaret (nee Purton) Long; his late baby sister, Elizabeth Long; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Ronald Wyatt and brother-in-law, James Wise. He is also fondly remembered by “The Boys of ‘39” and friends and neighbours on Walker Lake, home of the family cottage.

After meeting Audrey at Earl Haig HS and marrying in 1962, they settled in Willowdale where their families had lived for multiple generations. Larry graduated from the Ontario College of Art in Graphic Design. He started his career at Ideal Printing on Lombard Street in Toronto, moved on to ES&A Robinson (in the Selotape Division) in Leaside, then on to Rothmans, before ending his full and successful career as a well-liked and respected Art Director at Carling O’Keefe. In the early 1990’s, Larry created LL Graphics and quickly adapted to the new way of computerized graphic design. His daughter, Amy, eventually joined him in 2001 and continues the business today. Upon retirement, Larry enjoyed focusing on his family and friends, especially providing care and guidance to his adored grandsons, hardly ever missing out on any of their achievements whether in hockey, baseball, soccer or school.

Given the current pandemic situation, restrictions on attendance and genuine concern for the well being of all, the family will be holding a visitation by invitation only at R.S. Kane Funeral Home at 6150 Yonge Street, North York on Sunday, November 22, 2020. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations in Larry’s memory be made to the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital.

Lar, see you down the road. Love you forever and always, Aud

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Laurie Christie-Veitch

November 22, 2020

Dear Audrey and Family.
I am so sad to hear of Larry passing. I certainly have missed seeing him this spring and summer.
I moved to Walker Lake 15 years ago. He was one very kind neighbour that made me feel welcome here.
On my many walks with my dogs he would always stop his car and inquire how we were all doing. His curious and generous nature was something I really value.
He would share his joy and plans for having their family and grandchildren up to the lake.
You are in my thoughts.
And thank you Larry for taking the time to be a thoughtful and a great neighbour
Laurie Christie
Walker Lake
Ontario

Shannon Jonas

November 21, 2020

Uncle Larry was the kindest man. He always made me feel so loved and accepted; no matter how many tattoos I got or which boy I was dating. I can hear his laugh/chuckle thing he had and can hear him calling me Shanny. I’ll miss you Uncle Larry. Love you lots. xx

Mary Ellen Jonas

November 21, 2020

Dear Aunt Audrey, Stacey, Sean, Heath & Liam & Amy & TJ

I have so many wonderful memories of dear Uncle Larry. The first time I met that handsome guy Auntie Audrey was at Earl Haig and brought Larry to our house on Maxome. Audrey lived next door with Grandma & Grandpa and I was in shock with the giant she was dating!! (I was probably about 6 and pretty tiny). Nearly ran under his legs trying to get to Audrey!

Many happy times at our cottage on Clear Water Lake with Uncle Larry sleeping in the tent with Bob & I as Audrey & Larry weren’t married yet. His feet hung out the little tent and they were covered in mosquito bites.

Always so gentle & kind to everyone. His wife, daughters, son-in-laws, grandsons and friends were blessed to have him in their circle.

His artistic talent and knowledge of the graphic, print and advertising world put our company on the map for which we’ll always be grateful.

You will be sorely missed Uncle Larry.

Love Mary Ellen & Gary

Peter and Deany Model

November 21, 2020

We will fondly remember how welcoming Larry was to us when we became neighbours on Walker Lake
The first few years as Peter commuted back and forth Larry was so considerate in making sure I was ok.We also shared fond memories of OCA our Alma mater
We will greatly miss our “across the front lawn” conversations during the summer
Fond summer memories-we will miss Larry
Peter and Deany

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