Lawrence "Larry" Albert Bodnar
December 17, 1933 – June 18, 2020
On June 18, 2020 Larry passed away peacefully at home. Larry was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba the only son of Polish, Hungarian immigrants. He was raised in Thunder Bay. His life was not easy but in 1954 he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was stationed in Europe for most of his 14 years in the service attaining awards for the development of tracking devices. He was also given the distinction of being promoted the youngest sergeant in the Air Force at that time. He had wanted to be a pilot, but due to a blown ear drum that dream faded. Never the less being stationed in the Mediterranean area his love of water, deep sea diving for sponges, fishing for Barracuda he became a diving instructor also. Leaving the Air Force in 1968 and returning to Canada he knew that computers where the wave of the future and his experience in electronics led him to a job in the Geophysics field which became the love of his life. He designed equipment that was put into fixed wing planes or helicopters to find minerals in the ground. He travelled most of the world doing this, even being given the highest government authority to survey Russia. In Geophysics survey circles he was known as the Guru. At the cottage he was a builder, an avid Bass fisherman and snowmobiler having owned three and crashing two of them.
He was a loving father and friend to many, embracing life and living it to its fullest. He is now surveying from on high the loving family left behind. He will be missed.
Virginia, his devoted wife for 51 years. Children: Steven, Tony (Nicola,) Gordon (Marilyn,) Debbie, Terry (Lana,) Michelle (David.) (Jim Matthew) Grandchildren: Brent, Taren, Krysten, Ryan, Collin, Christopher, Laura (Chris,) Maddison (Matthew,) Ricky (Jenny,) Samuel, Harrison, Eden-Leigh and Lennon. Great Grands: Devan, Annabel, Amelia, Aaliyah, Amiyah, Aliviah, Evan, Connor, Rocky, Emily, Alice and Wesley. Nieces: Jaqueline, Libby, Shannon, Shalaine, Cori, and Krista
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora, ON L4G6W8. (guests are restricted to a maximum of 30, please call Thompson Funeral Home if you are planning to attend. 905-727-5421) The Memorial Service may also be viewed on Facebook Live, go to www.ThompsonFH-Aurora.com to find the link.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ThompsonFH-Aurora.com for the Bodnar family.
Friday, June 26, 2020
Lawrence "Larry" Albert Bodnar
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July 3, 2020
Dear Virginia, Extending my deepest sympathies for your loss to you and your entire family. May God comfort you all and provide the strength you need.
Sincerely, Glen, Maria, & jacqueline Cresswell
July 1, 2020
Great man, friend, intelligent give a large contribution of Helicopter Airborne Geophysics in the world.
Hi was my teacher.
Thanks Larry for everything.
June 30, 2020
Regret that had lost touch over the years, but Larry contributed greatly to the success and fun of our airborne geophysical systems developments at McPhar Geophysics in late 1960s early 1970s. The sale and installation in the USSR, was challenging!
June 29, 2020
I had the great pleasure of working with Larry for many years at Aerodat Ltd., where his expertise, demeanor and good humour were always welcome and appreciated. My heart-felt condolences to Virginia and family.
June 24, 2020
Larry is my mentor, work Dad and friend.
I am so sad and sorry he is gone but I am happy for him.
It is his time.
We had so many good times.
I have so many memories of working with Larry creating something new and making it work. Laughing and arguing until we got it right. There was so much satisfaction on his face after we proved it worked. "Love it when a plan comes together. ", he said many times. There are many more of his phrases that I can't repeat here but I still use them on a regular basis and when I do I think of Larry and smile.
I'll see you Larry when I get there unless I go to the other place.
I think I just heard him laugh.
My sincere condolences to Virginia and family.
James W. Bursey
June 23, 2020
Hey Dad I am not much with words, but I want you to know how special of a person you are to me. You were always there for me with your special hugs they made me feel so safe, and warm, always letting me know every thing will be ok. I loved walking into the house being greeted by your loving smile when I saw you sitting in your office chair. You had the softest hands I have ever felt in my life. I always wondered how a man could have such soft hands but could work the tools with the best of them. You taught me so much, I can pretty much fix any thing small around the house because of you. I even have my own work shop which is so organized every thing in its place exactly like your shop! I loved sitting aside and watching you make an empty basement into a cute little apartment or fixing a broken lamp. You fixed all of my computers over the years, I could always count on you. My Dad who could do any thing and every thing. We had some beautiful and meaningful talks driving back and forth from work over the years. Who am I going to talk to about politics or run to when some thing isn’t working or just wanting a warm loving hug. I miss you so much Dad but in my heart I know you are in a better place and have no more pain. I am so very grateful and oh so lucky to have had some one like you in my life. I will be talking to you a lot, I know you will be listening guarding me and our family. Thank You Dad, from the bottom of my heart, no one will ever replace you or the love I have for you. Warm hugs and kisses Dad 💗Love you always and forever. 💗
Brenda and Doug Rau
June 21, 2020
How do you say goodbye to someone that you feel you've known forever. The stories and laughter around the summer bonfires at the lake, our snowmobile rides across the ice and up the river, the nights spent in front of the fireplace with a glass of cheer in hand...those are the memories never to be forgotten. Loved you Larry and you'll be missed.
Frank & Marie Leone
June 21, 2020
To Virginia & family,
We were very sorry to hear about your loss. Larry was a wonderful person and we felt privileged to have known him. We shared some great times at the Aurora Senior Centre and he will be missed.
June 21, 2020
What can I say about a man that takes four children on as his own, treating us all like we were chosen for him. It's where I learned unconditional love, how to love all children. That the blood that courses through our body is the same as everyone's, that it's being inclusive to all that's important. I'm so proud and honored to have called you Dad. Your lessons have been passed down and I thank you. I'm missing you.