Lawrence Loomis

August 8, 1966January 3, 2021

Mr. Lawrence “Larry” Loomis, 54, of Potsdam passed away peacefully at his residence on January 3rd, 2021 while under the care of his family and Hospice and Palliative care of St. Lawrence Valley.

Larry is survived by his “10 children” (rescued pets), his parents Maurice “Joe” and Veronica Loomis, Patricia and James Noah; his sisters Kimberly Loomis, Tammy (Keith) Sapp and Dana (Scott) Thomas; his brother Mark (Kim) Green; his nieces Courtney, Chelsie, Veronica, Breanne and Alyssa; his nephews Tyler, Brian, Mark Jr., Joey, Keith Jr., Colby and Brayden; several great nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He is predeceased by his paternal grandparents Maurice and Virginia Loomis and maternal grandparents Gerald Taylor and Dorthy Gifford.

Larry was born August 8th, 1966 in Potsdam to Maurice Loomis and Patricia Taylor. He attended Potsdam Central School, a true Potsdam Stoners, and graduated in 1984. After graduation, he moved to California where he attended Los Angeles Harbor College for 2 years. He later moved to Georgia where he met James Durham and relocated to Vermont before returning home to Potsdam. Larry was a dog groomer and later launched his own business in Potsdam, Dogs Best Friend, doing what he loved most. Larry later closed his business and worked at Canton Animal Clinic before he became ill. Larry’s most favorite pastime was his pets and his quest to rescue all animals. Larry enjoyed spending time listening to NCPR, relaxing to his favorite music, visiting with his family and many friends, going “leaf peeping” in the fall and loving life his way.

Larry was a beloved friend to many and leaves behind a family that was very proud of him and loved him dearly. He was world renowned for his quick wit, lack of patience, not holding back his opinion and a knack for telling it like it was. Larry had a laugh you could not ignore when you were in his presence and a sense of humor that was unforgettable.

Arrangements for cremation are with Garner Funeral Services. Larry requested a celebration of life to allow his friends and family a chance to unite as one to share their cherished memories. Due to the current restrictions, the family will fulfill his wishes in the spring which will be determined and announced at a later date. The family extends thanks and appreciation for the many expressions of love and kindness shown during our time of bereavement.


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Trudy Dalton

January 11, 2021

My heart breaks for Larry's family he was truly one of a kind and I feel blessed to have known him.I initially met him at Bark Avenue and followed him to his business and subsequently to Canton Animal Clinic..
Great guy,terrific groomer who will be forever missed by me !

Bonnie Taylor

January 10, 2021

My condolences to the family . Larry was wonderful person I enjoyed taking my dogs over to him he cared for them a couple times I even called to see if he was done because he took such good care of every animal treated them like king and queen. He will be missed RIP Larry

Sheri DiGiovanna

January 9, 2021

Larry and I became closer friends after our French class spent the weekend in Montreal and his humor and wit kept me fully laughing and entertained the entire time. He was the first to give me the courage to speak French with gusto— unapologetically, no matter how well we spoke. I went on to get a degree in French and thought of him everyday — especially when I lived in France and hesitated to speak. He was still giving me courage.

He was joy and laughter and we connected to catch up when I made it back to town after he moved back to Potsdam. I miss him. RIP, dear one. You will never be forgotten.

Mary Meyers

January 9, 2021

To Larry my dear groomer u were the best and loved by us all zandar my dog loved u so much as u loved him he was a very shy dog but around u he wasn’t I followed u from place to place cause I only wanted u to take care of my zandar u r in a better place now and I know u will be loved as much as u were here zandar and I will never forget the kindness u showed us god bless u Larry it was nice knowing such a kind gentle person

Regina Randall

January 7, 2021

Larry, Larry you were the best neighbor, it was a pleasure to visit with you, with you in your boxers and me in my mumu in the middle of Elderkin St. I will miss our wine times, borrowing cat food, sending cat food back when you needed, giving you a ride to work or picking you up, and always “Gina can I bum a smoke?” Knowing neither one of us needed to smoke. Thank you for all the wonderful laughs, visits. Thank you for your talks and visit’s with my boys, they miss u so. Rest In Peace my dear friend, fly high with the Angels.

Karen Morgan

January 7, 2021

I loved Larry - he was so good to my very insecure and unsociable cocker spaniel Toby. He treated Toby with the greatest and gentleness anyone could . I celebrated Larry's move to his own place - "Dog's best friend" and many other occasions, or non-occasions. Larry was always genuine - what you see is what you get. I shared his love of opera and always enjoyed hearing it when I was in his shop. Toby loved Larry - Toby, a rescue dog, did not mix well with other animals - at Larry's he grew to be able to be with other dogs and not be intimidated. Larry was a great friend, and his passing will leave a huge hole in my heart. Rest in peace dear friend, and rise in glory.

Sharon Raygoss

January 7, 2021

My condolences to Larry's family and New York friends. His California friends were truly saddened by his passing. I talked to him by phone frequently, and especially if I had a dog question. I took leave of my senses a few years ago and got a puppy. When my patience ran thin I would threaten to crate her, put her on a plane and ship her to Uncle Larry. I will miss you so much. Rest in peace my friend.

Deborah Massell

January 6, 2021

Dear Larry, you are a storm of love, humor, righteous political anger, and the greatest protector and rescuer of the lost, mostly dogs, but also many of us humans as well. I hope to be as brave and loving till the end as you. You are leading the way. You are the greatest operatic hero, and we love our opera!
Blessings to you always.
Your friends,
Deb, Jackson, and Shika, the dog who has only known you as her groomer
We love you

Julie Malone

January 6, 2021

Oh Lovey, I miss you so much...thank you for being my friend..we had such a good time working side by side , all the laughs , we made quite the team...the greatest gift you left me was the hairless creature assured, she will be well taken care of and Very loved...until we meet again sweetheart...I love you...

Regina Caswell

January 6, 2021

My deepest condolences to Larry's family. I had the privilege of working with him at The Potsdam Humane Society. He was a shinning star that always found a way to make others laugh. He will be greatly missed.