Larry Toomer

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Larry Roland was born on Monday, May 1, 1950 and second son to Morley and Florence (nee Lyell) Toomer in Hamilton, Ontario. Larry spent his early years in Aldershot and Burlington as a free-spirited youth exploring and experiencing everything the 1950’s and 60’s had to offer. He was always connected to the natural environment and enjoyed collecting rocks, bird eggs and other bits of what nature he encountered. As a teen he attended MM Robinson High School in Burlington.

In the 1970’s he and his brother Rick went “back to the land” and began farming on the 8th concession in Carlisle, Ontario. Their dream of owning “Larrick Farm” was short-lived and they both soon went on to find jobs in the city.

Larry worked for 8 years for the Burlington Parks Department, followed by a 29-year career with the Canadian Hydrographic Service. His work with CHS took him to almost every corner of Canada from Newfoundland to the Arctic, James Bay, each of the Great Lakes, and the St Lawrence Seaway. His stories and souvenirs were the best part of his job. He retired from the CHS in 2010, and settled in Wiarton, Ontario.

Beginning in the late 1970’s Larry met Denise Paulin and had 4 children: Marcelle, Erik, Joel and Evan. From then on, Larry’s family became the most important aspect of his life. Being a dad brought tremendous joy and fun to his life. He knew the importance of backyard skating rinks, a game of catch, a long drive to a tourist trap and a cool swim on a hot day. He was always there for his kids. In 2009 his twin grandsons Carter and Connor were born and he became “Pops”.

After retirement Larry could be found clearing snow on Gould Street in Wiarton, visiting local thrift shops, cooking from scratch, driving a tractor at Sleepy G Farm in Pass Lake, shopping with Joel, walking in the woods with Evan or meeting Connor and Carter at the bus stop after school.

Larry had many prized possessions and found great satisfaction in the hunt for collectables. He was fond of sports memorabilia and mid-century Canadiana. He had an extensive music collection and enjoyed rock and roll. Between his vast knowledge of Canadian culture and his extensive travel throughout Canada, Larry connected easily with virtually everyone he met.

Larry was a kind and gentle man who had a soft spot for animals and possessed tremendous generosity. If he knew you had an interest in something he would never hesitate to search the thrift stores to find an item that he knew you would enjoy. He will be missed by many friends, neighbours, co-workers, and of course his loving family.

Larry passed away surrounded by his children at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in his 69th year.

Larry will remain in the hearts of daughter Marcelle Paulin (Brendan Grant) of Pass Lake, Erik Paulin (Stacey Nieuwenhoff) of Chesley, Joel Paulin and Evan Paulin (Christa Burrell), all of Owen Sound, and grandsons Carter and Connor Paulin. Larry will be dearly missed by his mother Florence Toomer of Burlington, wife Denise Paulin of Thunder Bay and former daughter-in-law Ainsley Beckmann of Owen Sound. Larry is predeceased by his father Morley and brother Richard.

Please join Larry’s family and friends for a casual celebration of his life on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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May Frank
July 20, 2018
I had the good fortune to spend time with Larry when he drove the boat for me when I was taking water samples in the Bay of Quinte. He was so awesome to work with and to spend time with. I extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to Larry's family, friends and the many people who had the privilege to spend time with him over the years - he will be missed.
Paul Davies
July 19, 2018
Always enjoyed working with Larry. No matter what the problem with the boats, Larry was always there to make sure they were ready for the next day. A great friend that will be missed. My condolences to his family.
Dave & Karyl Clifton
July 19, 2018
Larry was a longtime workmate of Daves at the shoppe in Burlington,at Dfo.
And Larry and Denise have been longtime friends of ours..When I first moved to Canada they were among my first friends..and they opened their hearts and their home to us.we had countless evenings and dinners with the whole family and many many memories.They invited me to be present for Evans Birth and we were so honored when Larry was groomsman in our wedding.
We will miss him, but he will live in our hearts and our memories.
Condolences to Denise and the entire family. ..he was an incredible man and will not be forgotten.
Love & Blessings
Dave & Karyl Clift on.

Dave Willis
July 18, 2018
I was stunned to hear the sad news of Larry passing and having worked with Larry for thirty years at CCIW I found him a fascinating individual. His work as a coxswain and a mechanic was second to none. Although I never traveled extensively with him in the field, I did spend some time on surveys and at the Centre and heard many stories of his escapades over the years.
My heart and condolences to his family and his many friends during this difficult time.
Joan Norris
July 18, 2018
My sincere condolences to family and loved ones. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Larry was a wonderful neighbour, always having time to share stories, chat and lend a helping hand. His grandsons Carter and Connor were a great joy to him, and they brought so much fun to our neighbourhood. Rest In Peace Larry. You are missed!!
Linda Bridge
July 17, 2018
Sending deepest sympathy to Larry's family. He was such a great neighbor, always helpful, always had time to chat, always had to tease, helped so many of his close neighbors. He never shared with me how sick he was--I am still in shock. How we all will miss that devilish smile. R.I.P. Larry
Alan Read
July 17, 2018
I've known Larry for many years, we met through the job at CCIW back in the 80s....I'm really sorry to hear of his passing and want to extend my sympathy and condolences to all his family.....he was a character....he was a collector.....he was a guest at my wedding...he was a friend.....I'm sorry he's gone so soon..
Cheryl Baxter
July 17, 2018
R.I.P Larry, The memories when I was young & you & your family lived next door in Burlington always brings a smile to my face. You were always so funny & very spirited & am sure your journey with the angels will be too. Love & healing Flo & family Love Cheryl & Barb Baxter
Bob Strachan
July 16, 2018
Larry we had a lot of miles under our keels( we even were honoured by the CPS for not killing anyone lol) we travelled to a lot of places together, you were the best coworker and friend anyone could be lucky enough to know,.
We went way back to the hippy days and stayed on the same trip for a long time.
You'll never be forgotten Larry, you had a big impact on my life.
dave hulbert
July 16, 2018
Larry was one of my buddies from 67 till 73 or so then he disappeared for a while but would show up every 2-3 years. We had a lot of fun back then and I always cherished the good times with Larry. Rock on Brother: Dave
Heather Custeau
July 15, 2018
If ever there was a nice human being, a warm heart and a great sense of humour this would be Larry. Gone WAY too soon, too young. R.I.P. Larry????Condolences to Family and to all who loved this lovely man.????
With love from Heather Ross Custesu, B.C.
(Our bell bottom, long hair , peace & love, rocking and a Rollin hippie Days!
The days of our youth!
R.I.P. Larry????????????
Reg n Patti Denis
July 15, 2018
Larry was a good friend, we will miss his smile and his gentle manner. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to his family. Gone but never forgotten in our hearts forever, R.I.P.
Glenn Bishop
July 15, 2018
RIP Larry it’s been awhile but I’m glad that I did get to know you through the year condolences to all your family and friends
July 13, 2018
Deepest sympathies to Larry’s family and friends. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. May you find peace and comfort in your memories and the memories others share.
Alan Geyer and Family
July 9, 2018
It was a pleasure to have known Larry for the years that we had working at Inland Waters in Burlington.

I will miss him - all the good times we had working - the jokes we made up to get us through some of those days.

My deepest sympathies go out to your family and loved ones.

Deb and Gail Brough
July 8, 2018
Sending thoughts and Prayers to Larry"s Mom and his family. Larry will be deeply missed . he was a kind and gentle soul. a great neighbour and friend. he was also a great help[er to Deb in the garage. the last time we saw him he was pushing Deb"s old fargo truck. Rest in Peace wonderful friend.
Hugh Smith
July 8, 2018
I hadn’t seen Larry in many years, but we caught up with each other recently. I will miss his friendship and his sly smile. Sending my love and sympathy to his family.
Deborah Lang and Otto Beckmann
July 7, 2018
To the Paulin family and Florence Toomer! Our deepest sympathies to all.we are sorry for the loss of Larry .
July 7, 2018
Deepest sympathies to the family. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love & support that surrounds you.
Dianne Hamilton
July 7, 2018
A dear and loving friend of over 42 yrs. Many cherished memories. Love and strength sent to the family and friends. Rest in Peace Larry
Reg and Patti Denis
July 6, 2018
R.I.P. old friend, a kind and gentle man, a good friend with many wonderful shared memories, our deepest condolences to the Family.

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