Lawrence Upton

September 27, 1956January 19, 2021

Lawrence “Larry” Upton, 64, of Winthrop, formerly of Marblehead, passed away on Tuesday, January 19th 2021. Larry was the beloved husband of Lins (Johnson) Upton. They shared more than 40 years of their lives together.

Raised in Marblehead, Larry was the son of the late William and Grace (Smyth) Upton. He was the loving father of Mark and Kristen Upton. He will be missed by his dear sister Ellen Murphy and her husband, Greg of Beverly and his brother William “Bill” Upton of New Hampshire, as well as his nephews Ryan, Heath, and Patrick.

Larry was a man with an enormous heart, outstanding humor, and always had a story to tell. He considered friendship and loyalty as sacred values. His friends and loved ones will remember him for always being ready to help a friend in need.

He was a co-owner of Patriot Logistics, a Revere trucking company, where he worked tirelessly for his company and the many co-workers who were his dear friends. Larry was a longtime member of the Gerry Five in Marblehead and the Winthrop Elks, where he always enjoyed having a cold beer.

Larry was an accomplished athlete and incredibly proud of his time at Marblehead High School (Class of 1974), where he was inducted into the football Hall of Fame in 2010. He loved nothing more than coaching and watching his children play sports. Larry was also a prominent fixture of the tailgating scene at Mark’s college football games.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, there is no public visitation. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Marblehead with Covid-19 attendance restrictions in place. Burial is private at Waterside Cemetery in Marblehead due to current gathering restrictions there. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Care Dimensions Kaplan House via Funeral arrangements are under the care of Eustis & Cornell of Marblehead. To share a memory or offer condolence messages to the family please visit


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Heidi Tatman

February 10, 2021

I never met Larry personally as he and the Patriot group in a carrier for Forward Air and I got to speak with Larry and the Team often. Always an outstanding and polite man and treated me with respect even though he might have been mad at the situation he never let his angry come through. There was times we would talk about family and what we had planned for the weekend.. it was not always work and I knew just enough to know that he was someone I could relate to 1 on 1. I hope that he knows he will be missed and was loved by many.
R.I.P. Larry.

David Sarratt

February 5, 2021

So very sorry to hear of your great loss. I only knew Larry through the phone lines. I would talk with him when we moved freight through Patriot where he worked. I have known him for nearly 15 years, and he was a constant there. You always knew when Larry answered the phone you were in for a ride. He was a good guy, and I will miss him. My prayers are with the family during this time.

David Sarratt, Airways Freight

Jennifer Degen

February 3, 2021

Dear Lins, Mark and Kristen, I loved Larry and will miss his presence in your family, but will sure remember so many wonderful Smorgasbords with him standing quietly observing in the corner. I loved finding time just to talk to him, outside the crowd. He was great to talk to one on one and he made it clear that he was shy. He had such great humor about what was interesting to him in the moment and made me laugh whenever he spoke. I loved hearing him be excited about talking about both of his kids, and the fact that he was more interested on the sidelines at really focusing on the game, rather than socializing. He was there for the sport and stood committed as a cheerleader undistracted by anything else. His generous nature and running his company was clearly challenging with all the personnel and issues that go with running a company, and he maintained a strong commitment to his customers and his longterm relationships with his people. He was neighborly, kind, and such an all around good man. We will all miss him. You are in my heart and I continue to pray for peace, and some kind of resolve to the deeper parts of grief that go along with saying good bye to your dad, your husband your friend or your cousin. xoxoxo Jen

The Baldi Family Baldi

January 30, 2021

To the Upton Family.
Your family has been an integral part of our daughter’s life. Happy times, lots of laughter.... this is what will be remembered.
From the Baldi family. Christie, Betsy, Phil & Michelle

Ellen Reardon

January 29, 2021

I worked with Larry many years ago at the airport with Air New England. He was sweet, hard-working, and always ready to make you laugh. Working a shift with Larry was always the best. I am so sad to hear of his passing.

Susan Johnson

January 28, 2021

God bless Larry's family during this sad time..he was a true "Header" and loved by us all at school..his love of his friends and fellow classmates was so evident in all he did with sports and just being himself..God bless you Larry and may you find eternal peace...

Pete Rice

January 27, 2021

Lins, Mark and Kristen,
My condolences for your loss.
Larry was a special person I've seen your husband and father go out of his way to help someone in need, not that he was asked, but it was just the way his heart worked, he was probably one of the proudest fathers I've ever known, Larry couldn't wait to get into work on Monday's to tell the guys about Mark's game that past weekend, Larry was really proud of kids. Larry hired me as a Owner Operator in 2006 and gave me the opportunity to support my family 15 years. I will miss you my friend...
Pete & Dawn Rice and family

Ron Warburton

January 26, 2021

Very sorry to hear of Larry's passing. Though I haven't seen Lumpy in many years he was a good friend during our school years. He had a great sense of humor and a big personality. My condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Chris Archbold

January 26, 2021

Upton Family, I’m so sorry for your loss, Larry treated me like his younger brother when I was a kid, breaks my heart: Larry was a Mans man who was bigger than
Life to a 10 yr old. Called me fem.? like I was feminine? I gave it right back and loved it. He had the biggest heart and personality. Tremendous Loss, Tremendous Guy, Chris Archbold

John and Peggy Vivinetto

January 26, 2021

Dear Lin’s
So sorry to hear of Larry passing.
He was always so easy to talk to.
If you ever need a place to escape to come visit us up in NH.
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love Peggy and John