Larry P. Demo, age 77, of Hannawa Falls, died Sunday, November 21, at Fletcher- Allen Medical Center, Burlington, VT, where he had undergone heart surgery.
A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 10:00 a.m., at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Colton, with Rev. Msgr. Robert Aucoin, celebrant. Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Colton. Calling hours will be Friday November 26, 2010, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Garner Funeral Home, Potsdam. Contributions may be made to the South Colton Fire and Rescue, or Hannawa Falls Fire Dept
He was born February 8, 1933 in Ogdensburg, to Joseph and Carrie Armstrong Demo. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1951, attended St. Lawrence University for two years on a football scholarship, he entered the U.S. Army in 1953 and taught mountain climbing and skiing with the 10th Mountain Division in Colorado. He married Nancy Webert, June 2, 1956, at St. Mary’s Church, Clayton.
He is survived by three children and spouses, Jeffery and Kathy Demo, Potsdam, David and Karen Demo, Colton, and Laurie and Steven Thornton, Colton; three grandsons, Dean and Shawn Thornton, Hannawa Falls, and Jacob Demo, Ithaca; one great grandson, Kaleb Evans; a brother, Joseph and Lynn Demo, Villages, FL; and a sister, Carolyn and Raymond Cole, San Antonio, Texas.
He worked for Upstate Credit Co and Sears & Roebuck, and later for Marine Midland Bank in Watertown. In 1974 he came to Potsdam and opened the Farmers National Bank as manager. In 1979, he purchased the Potsdam Laundry and Dry Cleaners.Later, with partners, ohe pened the Ponderosa Restaurant. He retired in 1995. His family took over the Laundry business.
Larry had been a member of several organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis. He organized the Northern NY youth golf association in Watertown. He had been chairman of the Friends of Clarkson for years, president of Weller Mountain Hunting club, a member of Potsdam Elks BPOE 2074 and the Potsdam Town and Country Club, He was a member of St. Patrick’s and St. Paul’s Catholic churches, where he served as a greeter and usher.
Larry loved to spend time with his family at his camp at Pork Hollow in South Colton, He kept a meticulous lawn and home, and enjoyed spending the winters in Myrtle Beach.