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Born: Nov 28, 1941

Date of Passing: Nov 14, 2021

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November 28, 1941 – November 14, 2021

It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the death of Larry Wayne Cooley, 79 years of age, from Corticobasal Degeneration. Larry was well loved and well cared for during the latter years of his life by the amazing staff at the St. Norbert Personal Care Home.
Larry was born on November 28, 1941 in Minnedosa, Manitoba. He was raised by his mom Elsie Cooley Rose, his grandparents, Stan and Martha Purdy and Anne and Alfred Cooley and numerous aunts and uncles. He leaves to mourn his wife of 54 years, Vera (Storozuk), his daughters, Naomi Cooley (Darren, Everett, Logan), Rachel Small (Trevor, Nora, Cade), his brothers, Dale and Garth, and their families.
Larry touched the lives of so many with his quiet listening, his calm demeanour and genuine interest in the thoughts and lives of others. Many remember Larry's gentle baritone voice that drew his audience into captivating stories. Larry touched young lives, helping children and their families navigate tough times through his work as a school psychologist at Assiniboine South School Division. During his time as Professor and Dean at St. Paul's College at the University of Manitoba, Larry also made a lasting impression on his students. Students that he taught back in the mid 1980s have continued to stay in touch and visit when they came into town. The staff at the St. Norbert Personal Care Home repeatedly remarked about how many visitors Larry always had - a true testament to his character and nature. Our family will truly miss his deep baritone singing, his solid unwavering support and his unconditional love.
Due to Covid-19 Restrictions, a private memorial service is being planned by invitation only.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Karen Ethans and her staff at the Health Sciences Centre and all of the staff at the St. Norbert Personal Care Home.
Larry was continually awed by the beauty and majesty of Lake Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Lake Winnipeg Foundation.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 20, 2021, Nov 20, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I worked with Larry at the Learning Centre in Assiniboine South for many years. He was such a kind, empathetic and gentle person who made great changes in the lives of students. Sympathies to all the family for losing such a wonderful man. - Posted by: Barbara Wansbutter (Co-worker) on: Nov 23, 2021

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to Vera, their daughters, loved ones and friends. Larry is in heaven with Jesus and his angels and his loved ones who are no loner with us. Heaven has been blessed by another very special angel called Larry. The memories of him will forever live in your hearts. We are so sorry for your loss. God bless you and your loved ones. Sylvia and Gordon Bowen,nee Sylvia Dowhy - Posted by: Sylvia and Gordon Bowen, (friend of Vera,s family,went to school with her in Vita.) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • I considered Larry to be my best friend in Winnipeg and someone with an awesome intellect and such a warm heart that I always looked up to. He is definitely one of my heroes and a shining example of how to live as a Christian. His deep Catholic faith always impressed me and he was instrumental in my joining the Catholic Church which I have never regretted. Losing Larry is creating a big hole in my life and my heart even though I hadn't seen him for a few years because of the pandemic. I am so glad that I took the time to visit him in the nursing home the last time I was in Winnipeg. I also always felt very welcome and at home at he and Vera's cottage. Larry will be greatly missed by me. Bruce Tallman - Posted by: Bruce Tallman (friend) on: Nov 20, 2021

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