Lawrence P. Oliva
GARDNER — Lawrence P. Oliva passed on June 28, 2017, at the age of 70, after a short illness. He leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Dianne (Stone) Oliva of Gardner; his son, Michael Oliva of Baldwinville; and his daughter, Michelle Oliva of Falmouth.
Larry was born on Aug. 28, 1946, in Gardner, to Ernest A. Oliva and Mary (Lore) Oliva. He grew up in a loving family with two brothers. He graduated from Gardner High School in 1964. For many years Lawrence worked as a diesel mechanic and for the last 20 years was an outside sales rep for Fleet Pride Truck and Trailer Parts.
Larry was a lifelong resident of Gardner. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church. He enjoyed sports, fishing, woodworking and gardening. In his younger years he enjoyed playing softball and was a member of the Italian American Club and the Jackson Eagles. As a child he was the very first recipient of the Lester LaRoche Award, the most coveted Little League prize given for outstanding sportsmanship.
Larry is survived by his wife and children; his brother, Robert Oliva and his wife Mary; and his granddaughter, Megan Oliva, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded by his parents; and his brother, Steven Oliva.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday July 8, from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by a funeral service at the Lamoureux-Smith & Poliks, a Mack Family Funeral Home 105 Central St. Gardner.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
To leave an online condolence, please visit www.mackfamilyfh.com.
Lamoureux-Smith & Poliks, a Mack Family Funeral Home 105 Central St., Gardner, is directing arrangements.