January 7, 1967 – November 29, 2020
Larry I. Willis, 53, beloved son, husband, father, brother, cousin, friend, and colleague passed away on November 29, 2020. Larry served as the President of the Transportation Trades Department (TDD), AFL-CIO, a labor organization consisting of 32 unions that together represent workers in all areas of transportation. Earlier in his career, Larry was an associate and Director of Legislation for Weil, Gotshal and Manges, LLP, and served in various legislative roles on Capitol Hill and on political campaigns.
Originally from Northbrook, Illinois, Larry had lived in the Washington, DC area upon graduating from University of Iowa, returning to Chicago to attend John Marshall Law School before returning to D.C. to work for TTD. Larry was always ready for adventure, on a bike or in a pool, in the woods or on a ski hill. He only sat to watch the Nats, the Cubs, Tour de France, football or tennis. He especially enjoyed sharing dinner with family and friends. He took great pride in his wife Amy’s cooking, his daughter Samantha’s musical performances, and cheering Sam on at swim and dive events. Larry attended Glenbrook North High School and was a proud trumpet player in the marching band. This early experience captured many of his loves – community, music and travel. He spent his childhood summers as a camper and then counselor at McGaw YMCA Camp Echo in Fremont, Michigan. Larry is preceded in death by his mother Linda and leaves behind his wife Amy York, daughter Samantha, father Paul Willis and his wife Carol, sister Lisa Chalem and her husband Todd, along with nephews Jonah and Griffin, mother in law Barbara York, brother in law Christopher York and his husband Marcus Lo, nephew Aaron and niece Elia, sister in law Kathryn York and her husband Nicholas Musel and niece Sadie as well as extended family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a tribute donation to the McGaw YMCA’s Camp Echo, Larry’s favorite childhood place https://www.mcgawymca.org/donatenow/
To provide support to Amy and Samantha, please see this link here.
A virtual graveside funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 2 at 12:00pm EDT:(Meeting ID: 985 2092 4276, Passcode: 20015) https://zoom.us/j/98520924276?pwd=VFBIM0VQUkM5OWxxbkVDOFlHZ1pzUT09#success or : https://boxcast.tv/view/funeral-for-larry-willis-679181
A virtual memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 2 at 3:00pm EDT: (Meeting ID: 977 5007 3462, Passcode: 20015) https://zoom.us/j/97750073462?pwd=ZkRPNHlrL3V2UlYzQTNGL3c2WWo1QT09#success or : https://boxcast.tv/view/memorial-for-larry-willis-184199
Shiva will take place as follows:
Thursday, December 3 at 7:30p: (Meeting ID: 941 4772 9562, Passcode: 20015) https://zoom.us/j/94147729562?pwd=eHZFbHlYMzQ3MlRSM1MrMlM3bG51QT09#success
Saturday, December 5 at 7:30p: (Meeting ID: 918 7186 7813, Passcode: 20015)https://zoom.us/j/91871867813?pwd=NStoM0J3QXRVOFVUUGJTSmQ2ZjBkUT09#success
Sunday, December 6 at 2:00p: (Meeting ID: 990 6302 6739, Passcode: 20015) https://zoom.us/j/99063026739?pwd=WjJqLzF0TktlaFNYZzR2Rkh6ZFdDUT09#success
December 25, 2020
Reflecting back on our friendship, I am so thankful for that gift. Our friendship began from our efforts in one of the best marching bands in Illinois. Even though we saw each other sporadically since those years, Larry was always someone to pick up where we left off. I attached a picture of us at a high school reunion that is an example of the fun times we had together. I wish we had more time but I am so glad we became friends and remember the fun times with friends fondly. God Bless you and your family.
December 12, 2020
Amy and Samantha,
I had the privilege of working with Larry in his role as Secretary-Treasurer of TTD. All workers, not just my AFA members owe him a debt of gratitude for his unwavering commitment to worker justice. His loss is devastating for all who knew him.
International President Emerita
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA
December 2, 2020
I am not sure that Larry (or your whole family) really know the impact and place that they have in my heart. The way you all have accepted me and included me in your family and encouraged me along the way has been nothing short of remarkable. One of my last memories with Larry really sticks out. It was when I was walking the AVON 39. I had mentioned I would be around the house and of course, he and Amy came out to walk with me for a little while. I can't remember the details of what we talked about, I am sure Sammie's newest achievements or upcoming performances/meets and I am sure some encouraging words. I just remember that it was so great to feel that support and really feeling like I had a family here, something that is cherished when you move as much as I do. Amy and Samantha, I know I told you already but I am still sending every bit of energy and support I have your way, I can't imagine what you are going through right now, but I hope you guys know I love you both very much and I know you don't need to be told, but Larry was beloved and my time with him and your family will be cherished forever.
November 30, 2020
Amy and Samantha, my family and I express our sympathy in these moments of sorrow, may the Lord comfort and strengthen both of you and the whole family. I'll never forget the time wen Larry told me that the greatest treasure he had in the house were you and Samantha and that everything else was of no value to him.