January 28, 1935 – March 19, 2020
John Thomas Laurice, 85, passed away Thursday, March 19th at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas.
John was born January 28th, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Paterson, New Jersey. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1955 and served in Korea until he was discharged in 1957. In New Jersey, he owned and worked at his hair salon for many years. After relocating to Las Vegas in 1980, he worked in the gaming industry in several race and sports books. His passion was betting on sports and horse racing. He was known to say "one day I will be going to the big racetrack in the sky". He also enjoyed fishing, gardening, swimming at the beach, and eating Italian food with his beloved family.
He is survived by his spouse of 59 years Florence Laurice of Las Vegas. He is also survived by his two daughters: Dina Herald (Phil) of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Laurie Olbur (Brett) of Las Vegas, Nevada and five grandchildren: John Herald (Andie), Christine Herald (Chase), Craig Rice, Casey Rice (Emily), Christopher Rice, and four step granddaughters. He is also survived by his brother Sal Laurice of Oakland, New Jersey.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Laurice and his brother Joseph Laurice.
Services will be postponed until further notice at St. Joseph's Husband of Mary Catholic Church where he was an active member. Condolences can be left on the Palm Mortuary Website: Palm Cheyenne. com
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.palmcheyenne.com for the LAURICE family.
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
March 26, 2020
I met John Laurice in the summer of 1984 when I arrived in Las Vegas with his daughter, Dina Laurice, who was my college roommate. He was such a nice dad and I loved him immediately. We spent about a week together and had a great time because he was so much fun. He was also helpful and helped me pack all my belongings into boxes to send back to Ohio. The night before it was time to get on the plane, I was looking for my keys and realized they were packed in one of the five boxes we had prepared to send home. He was so kind, and hid his frustration, as he unpacked each box in his search for the keys. He called me a “pain in the ass”. A term I still treasure. Following that, I saw John many times because Dina ended up marrying my brother. He will be missed!
March 26, 2020
I remember our big Sunday afternoon family get togethers, with Uncle John entertaining all us kids and keeping us laughing. I also remember going to the salon with my mother every Friday and watching him tease and hairspray all the ladies into those big bouffant hairstyles that were all the rage back in the 1960's. So sorry for your loss.
March 25, 2020
My memories of you last lifetime, you taught me so much about life, I love you and I miss you
Edward Portello Jr.