OBITUARY

Dr. F. Lawrence Dewberry

December 28, 1948November 22, 2021

Dr. F. Lawrence Dewberry, age 72, of Safety Harbor, Florida passed away at home peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, November 22, 2021. Larry was born December 28, 1948 in Catonsville, Maryland to the late Frederick L. and Anne Elizabeth (Leonard) Dewberry. He was the oldest of 5 children, Thomas, Daniel, Robert, and Elizabeth (Taylor).

Larry is survived by his wife, Loretta (Deskiewicz) Dewberry, with whom he shared 48 years of marriage. He is also survived by his nine children, Jennifer, wife of Cristian Swanson; Johanna, wife of Jason Wares; Lawrence, husband of Sandra Krakowski; Jerome; Marguerite, wife of Michael Thompson; Amanda, wife of Jorge Lascano; Clarisse, wife of Josh Siegel; Julianna, wife of Zachary Faraone; and Loretta. His ten grandchildren, Joseph, Charles, and Cecily Wares; Lawrence J. Dewberry Jr.; Brantley Thompson; Olivia, Amelia, and Emery Lascano; Isabella Siegel; and Joel Faraone, were a source of great happiness for him, PopPop, since their arrival.

Larry graduated undergrad from Loyola University of Maryland. He then completed medical school, internship, and residency in internal medicine at the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore. It was here, while completing an ICU rotation as a med student, that he met his wife Loretta. They married in September of 1973. From Maryland, they moved on to Vanderbilt University to complete a fellowship in Nephrology. In 1979 they relocated to Jacksonville, FL where he was the Chief of Nephrology at University Hospital Jacksonville. In 1981 they moved to Clearwater, FL and joined Nephrology Associates. He continued his practice of Nephrology for 38 years. He was well known as having a love of medicine and deeply caring for his patients.

Larry had a love of sports, especially cheering for the Rays, Buccaneers, and the Gators. He was an avid reader. He enjoyed fishing with his sons and boating with his family to Honeymoon Island for a picnic. He loved visiting National Parks and gardens with his family and planned many family trips to these parks and historic sites in both the United States and Canada. Above all, he enjoyed spending most of his time with family and later in life with his grandchildren. Family always came first as he frequently said, my children are my legacy.

As a great supporter of Catholic education, Larry served for many years on the school board of St. Cecelia's Catholic school, where all of his children attended. Also an active member of Espiritu Santo Catholic Church, he volunteered his time towards various parish councils and committees throughout his 39 years as a parishioner. His love for helping others extended beyond medicine. He helped feed the poor at St. Vincent DePaul and Pinellas Hope.

Viewing and funeral will be held on Saturday December 4, 2021 at Espiritu Santo Catholic Church, 2405 Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor, Fl. Viewing will start at 10am with the funeral mass to follow at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Larry's memory to:

Espiritu Santo Catholic School 2405A Philippe Parkway Safety Harbor, Florida 34695 https://www.espirituschool.org/support/giving

Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation https://mortonplantmeasefoundation.org/index.php/donate/tribute-giving

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.sylvanabbey.com for the Dewberry family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, December 4, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, December 4, 2021

Memories

Dr. F. Lawrence Dewberry

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Don Nensel

December 5, 2021

Sorry to hear of Larry’s passing.
Larry’s Legacy - FAMILY MAN FIRST, then extend., “the love of family” to ALL he met.
It was appropriate that my wife and I first met Larry & Loretta 40 years ago at a video presentation / discussion on family & child rearing by Dr. James Dobson ( founder of Focus on the Family) at St. Cecelia.
Larry’s mission of becoming the Best HUSBAND and Best DAD was evident from the start of our friendship. Larry has left us with a “team of many” to continue to make this a better world.
Thank you Loretta and all the Dewberrys.
THANK U LARRY! WELL DONE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT, YOUR LIFE WAS WELL LIVED. “ TUG” - Thank U GOD, for the Dewberrys
Don & Pat Nensel - Oak Park, Ill.
Julie Nensel Griffin & family of 7 in Midland Mi.
Larry Nensel & family of 4 in Denver, Co.

Janice Metz

December 4, 2021

My condolences to the Dewberry Family. Dr. Dewberry gave of himself so much throughout his life. I recall his activity on St. Cecelia's School Board. He and Loretta worked tirelessly to improve St. Cecelia School. Dr. Dewberry had a wonderful sense of humor and a moral compass that made him a leader.
I remember his kindness to my husband when my husband was in Morton Plant with cancer. He visited him daily and his visits brightened my family's days. Dr, Dewberry made the world a better place.

Jacqulyn Ferraro

December 4, 2021

Thank you for the opportunity to share my love and gratitude for a man who not only saved my life, but extended that of my father before me.

My children have a mother because of his care.

My daughter, Natalie benefitted from a scholarship that he and Loretta sponsored called the voracious reader award. They learned that she had been found recreationally reading novels while in class and decided to encourage reading for all students.

My family is indebted to him and his family for supporting him in his practice, for loving him, strengthening him and enriching his life, so that he had the strength and energy to give of himself to others who were lucky enough to encounter him.

He was a beloved man who lived his life with joy, kindness, patience and care.

Vanessa Lucarella

December 4, 2021

My deepest condolences to all of the Dewberry family.

Larry was an inspiration to me when I first arrived at Morton Plant hospital over 30 years ago. He was one of the most kind, compassionate, ethical and Intelligent physicians that I have ever worked with.

He was truly a mentor and ally for me as I tried to navigate being one of the few women physicians at the hospital in the early 1990s.

He was a keen diagnostician who always advocated for his patients

His passion for his work was only matched by his love and commitment to his family and his Christian faith.

This faith , love of family as well as his wonderful sense of humor helped him cope with the demands of his career which often required working long hours into the night in the intensive care unit before the era of hospital based physicians arrived.

His death is a tremendous loss to our community.

I will always carry within me the wisdom and guidance that he shared with me throughout the years.

Cindy McBride

December 3, 2021

So far from Florida, I was saddened to hear the news that Dr. Dewberry had passed! All the St. Cecelia and Clearwater Central Catholic families know how much the Dewberry family supported Catholic education and family ties. My heart is grieving but I hope you know how much your family meant to us. We will keep you in our prayers.
Cindy McBride and family

Mary Beth Scanlon

December 3, 2021

Our sincere sympathy to the entire Dewberry family. Dr Dewberry was an amazing Christian. He lived his Catholic faith and was a great role model for all his children. He was such a supportive parent at St Cecelia School and we so enjoyed our sideline cheering together at CCC football games. . We are so sorry for your loss. You are his legacy and his love of family and spirit of caring for others will continue. Mary Beth, Mike, Mike Jr &Julie Scanlon-Gentry

Alice Holmes

December 3, 2021

Dear Mrs. Dewberry and your beautiful family,
My prayers are with you all as you honor the memory of Dr. Dewberry. May you find comfort in knowing how much he impacted so many people. I worked with him since his arrival at Morton Plant Hospital. I had tremendous respect for his caring, knowledgeable manor. He treated everyone with such dignity. A bit of humor often helped a difficult situation. And he spoke so highly of his family.
When the time came , I trusted him with caring for my special parents. They thought of him with utmost regard. Thank you for sharing this special man.
Alice Holmes

Penny Howland

December 2, 2021

Just learned of Dr. Dewberry's death. So very sorry for your loss. I worked with him as a Social Worker and he was a joy to work with. My thoughts are with you and may your memories bring you joy! Penny

rita anderson

December 2, 2021

I am an ICU nurse at Morton Plant. I loved working with Dr. Dewberry. He was always ready to teach nurses and new doctors. He had a quiet sense of humor that I always enjoyed. He loved his job and patients. It was an honor to know and work with him. The world was a better place because of him. He will be miss by all that knew him. Rita Anderson, RN, CCRN

Ginger Clark

December 2, 2021

My prayer for your whole family is that you would be given comfort and peace on your grief journey. May you be upheld in love by all those who surround you- now and in the times to come.
Having worked with Dr Dewberry for many years in the office and at Morton Plant hospital, my memories remind me of what a compassionate, caring physician and person he was. It was always so great to hear him speak about his family with such love and pride. Peace ....