Laurence “Larry” Barr passed away on October 25, 2020, at the age of 67, after a more than five-year battle with brain cancer. Larry is survived by his loving wife of 45 years and middle-school sweetheart, Kristen.
A devoted father to Insley Unger (Keith), Emily Bauer (Adam), and Julie Fox (Andrew), and doting grandfather to CJ, Charlie, McKenna, Emma, and Jimmy. He always said he never thought he could feel love like he did for his children and then he had grandchildren. Family was everything to Larry and he never missed an opportunity to express his love to those around him.
Larry retired in July 2019 from a career in sales, a profession that suited his personality perfectly. He worked from home for most of his life, which allowed him the flexibility to do what he did best, be a caring husband and devoted Dad. To call him a “people person” is an understatement. He took every opportunity to make friends with whoever he came across, leaving a lasting impression on so many—from the gas station attendant to the nurses who took his vitals before appointments at MGH.
Born November 6, 1952, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he was the adored son of the late Marie and Orrie Barr, and brother of Suzanne, Stan, Randy, and Tonya. He also leaves behind aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and in-laws. A resident of Scituate, Massachusetts, Larry and Kris and the girls spent 30 years in Amherst, New Hampshire, where they made friends that became family.
After his diagnosis in August 2015, Larry chose to fight hard and celebrate life, which he did to the fullest—often over a nice glass of red wine and a home-cooked meal prepared by his favorite chef, Kristen Ellen. He lived by the motto “life is good” and his positivity was contagious.
He was a member of the First Trinitarian Congregational Church in Scituate and the Scituate Country Club, where he continued his love-hate relationship with golf.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Larry's memory to advanced Neuro-Oncology research at Massachusetts General Hospital. Please donate at https://giving.massgeneral.org/donate/ or send checks to MGH attn. Heidi Bergmeyer, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.
A virtual service will be held on his birthday, November 6, to celebrate his life. Details to follow.