Swan Funeral Home

825 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT


Larry Spinnato

June 4, 1961November 14, 2019

Lawrence J. Spinnato Sr., known to his family and friends as Larry, age 58, of Madison, CT passed away from complications due to Multiple Sclerosis at Middlesex Hospital. Larry fought bravely against this disease for 27 years and all who knew him have been inspired by his strength and courage.

Larry was born in New Haven, the son of Judith DeMezza Spinnato and Paul Spinnato. Growing up in Branford, CT, Larry was a 1980 graduate of Notre Dame High School of West Haven and 1987 graduate of Southern Connecticut State University earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with a Minor in Physics.

On March 12, 1983, Larry married the love of his life, Elizabeth Folz. They raised their family in Madison, CT. Larry began his career at his family businesses, Precision Engineering and Fletcher’s Garage in New Haven. After being diagnosed with M.S., he returned to school to become a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and later worked in this capacity at Rushford in Middletown, CT until his illness forced him to stop working.

Larry loved fishing, camping, shooting trap, classic rock, watching his sons’ athletic teams compete, and of course attending his weekly rehabilitation meetings. Larry’s love for his family was unending and the focal point of his life. Larry’s personality and heart were loved and appreciated in many circles. His family and friends felt blessed to have him in their lives.

Larry is survived by his wife, Liz, his four sons: L.J., Tony, Nick, and Stephen; his daughter-in-law Caitlin; and the apple of his eye, his grandson T.J. Larry is also survived by his mother Judith, sister Vanessa, brothers Jeff and Randy, and many beloved nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law. Larry was preceded in death by his father Paul, with whom he shared a special bond while growing up, not only at home but in the work place.

Calling hours are on Wednesday, November 20th from 4-7pm at Swan Funeral Home, 825 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, November 21st at 10:30am at Notre Dame Church, 272 Main Street, Durham, CT. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery, 700 Middletown Ave, North Haven, CT.

In memory of Larry, donations can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.


  • Calling Hours Wednesday, November 20, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, November 21, 2019
  • Burial Thursday, November 21, 2019


Larry Spinnato

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November 24, 2019

My memory of Larry was really as a protector he sheltered me on the field and helped me navigate ND. I really appreciated him in both aspects.

Pasquale Moscato

November 21, 2019

Larry & I had countless adventures during our 4 years at NDWH & for a few years beyond,,,Larry was my first Passager The Day I passed my test & received my Ct Drivers License,,,THAT'S A STORY,,,Ski Trips,,,Snow Storms,,,Parties,,,Growing Up,,,Kindness & Brotherly Love~~~Distance and Guilt in recent years,,,Please Know I Love You Larry & I am SO SORRY to have let us loose the strong connection we once shared~~~ R.I.P. Brother,,,Much Love ~~~Pasquale

Joan Folz

November 20, 2019

To My Favorite Uncle Larry

Thank you for the wonderful time you gave us when we visited. You took such good care of each one of us. You made everything seem so easy and possible.
I hope to be as patient, brave and positive as you were. Thank you for being an excellent example to all of us.
Your legacy will live on. We Love you!

Wolfgang Lutz

November 20, 2019

Dear Liz and Family; visiting aunt Ria and all the families, I found out Larry was a very strong guy, carrying his load in an admirable way and always looking forward in an optimisitc manner. With greatest simpathies Susan and Wolfgang

Nancy Hershatter

November 19, 2019

Dear Vanessa, Judy, Randy and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. I remember him, of course, as an adorable curly- headed little boy, but from what I read he sounds like he grew up to be a pretty stellar husband, father and community member, all while grappling with a major chronic illness. I hope that you can all draw comfort and sustenance from the lives he touched and the example he set.
With sympathy, Nancy Hershatter

Bunny Kyle

November 19, 2019

Larry certainly did light up a room with that beautiful smile. Such a kind, smart, man who my husband and I had the privilege to know and spend some Friday lunches with.
He will be missed.

Donna Farrell

November 18, 2019

Life will be less bright without our sweet Larry in it. The sweetest man I’ve had the privilege of knowing. TJ will always be told about his precious Papa Larry. He loved riding on that remote car....wheelchair. RIP Larry. You will be so missed.

Elliott Bronstein

November 18, 2019

So many memories of Larry! We all know he was a big guy, but I'm talking about his heart and soul and spirit, the way he lit up a room and fed the multitudes from his grill. Larry, you left too soon.

Brigitte Folz

November 18, 2019

Larry, you leave behind our memories of your loving heart, bravery, kindness and compassion.
Wishing Liz, Stephen, Nick, Tony and L.J. much comfort in fond memories.
Love, Gitte

Rebecca Casasanta

November 18, 2019

There are so many great memories. You and your family always made us a part of your circle. Never once did we leave a picnic or a party that we didn't have a great time and always full!! I will as will the rest of the Casasanta family miss you. Your now an angel bear. Rest in peace Larry, you were loved so much. God bless.