James Larry McCook
May 30, 1937 – May 23, 2020
With very heavy hearts we announce the passing of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend and businessman. Larry led a full and wonderful life. His kindness and generosity were legendary and he loved being surrounded by family and friends. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, May 23, 2020 leaving so many wonderful memories for us to cherish. Larry was born and raised a Calgarian and was always an entrepreneur. After starting several smaller auto dealerships, Larry took the bold step of risking everything to open a new dealership, and Airdrie Chrysler Dodge Jeep opened for business in 1984. Over the next three decades, he built a very successful business and was highly respected throughout the auto industry. He touched many lives, was loved by his employees and was a larger than life presence at the dealer auctions. The family would like to thank the management and staff at Airdrie Chrysler for always keeping their door and hearts open to him even after his retirement. A great passion of Larry’s was being a Shriner and he is Past Potentate of the Al Azhar Shrine Temple. He will be joining several of his dearest fellow-Shriner friends in Heaven for laughter and cigars. Larry is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Arlene; Sister Joyce; his children Wendy Main, Dale Styner (Lori), Brad Styner (Yvette), and Jolayne Leger (Marc). “Pops” was an incredibly caring, compassionate and generous grandfather to Tyler (Angelina), Ashley, Kyle, Brittany, Jessica (Eric), Dustin, Ty, Anjalyne and Dezirae, and four great grandchildren, Kayla, Shaylin, Haydin and Mason. Nephew Monty Carter (Linda) was an important person in his life. Larry was predeceased by his parents, Gladys and Lewis, his sister Sharon and his brother, Grant. There’s an empty front porch dearly missing the kind soul with the huge smile and cigar who always had a joke or story ready for the next visitor, and a treat for their dog. Goodbye Pops.
A gathering will be held at a later date to celebrate Larry’s life and share our cherished memories. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Fresh Start Recovery Centre (freshstartrecovery.ca) in Larry’s memory.
- Fresh Start Recovery Centre
James Larry McCook
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May 23, 2021
Being a young boy and having Larry and Arlene as neighbors was very influential to my life. I will always be grateful for the generosity, kindness and wisdom Larry had given me.
May 30, 2020
So very sorry to read about Larry’s passing. A kind and generous man with a great sense of humour.
May 30, 2020
I worked with Larry 50 years ago. What a great guy. Lots of great memories. I still have a car that I got from Larry 31 years ago. RIP my friend. Stan Hay
May 25, 2020
If you’re ever unsure about what the right thing to do is just ask yourself what Larry would do - then you know you’re on the right path.
A man’s man.
May 24, 2020
Hi Arlene and family:
This is Pat and Ernie Hilland who remember taking the cruise with the Shriners a way back in 2005. Larry and yourself Arlene were so kind to us as we traveled to the ship from the Houston hotel and then on the cruise. The grand finale evening we sat with you and Larry and your friends from the Caymen Islands. Both Pat and I so enjoyed the dinner that night and Larry and I often talked about the great time. What a very special man in everything he did. We will miss him so much. May we express our sympathy to you and the family. Ernie