September 2, 1939 – February 13, 2021
Larry was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1939. As a young child he went into foster care where he was unsafe and suffered greatly. A couple, Emil and Rosa Axene, rescued him and his two brothers by providing a loving and safe home for them.
Larry always said the biggest bonus of this was that he gained another brother, as the Axenes had a biological son of their own. A quote from one of Larry’s journals reads: “My life was changed forever when the Axenes gave me the priceless gift of a family.”
Larry graduated from Three Hills Bible Institute. He later received his B.Ed. at UBC and then his M.Ed. at UVic. Teaching was his calling. His first job was in Revelstoke and then he spent the rest of his career teaching in Abbotsford. Larry also taught teachers in Africa and the West Indies.
Larry loved gardening, canoeing, reading and driving. He loved to sing in the choir and to volunteer on the catering committee at South Abbotsford church. Larry was a loyal fan of the B.C. Lions and was a season ticket holder for many years.
He leaves behind to mourn his wife, Eleanore, and children Ken (Alison) Scott, Karleen (Rod) Deighton and Sandra (Paul) Van Hove. He is also survived by five grandchildren.
Larry was predeceased by his sister Nina Redekopp and is survived by two brothers, Don Scott and David Axene.
The family would like to thank all the dedicated health care workers who cared for him and showed him kindness and compassion.
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