Lawrence J. Landry

BERLIN — Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange for Lawrence J. Landry, 90, of Pleasant Street and formerly of Athol, who died July 14 at Reservoir Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Marlborough. 

Fr. Peter Pawlus of Saint Mary’s Church in Orange officiated with words and music offered by family and friends. Military honors were provided by the United States Navy Honor Guard which performed “Taps” and then folded the American flag and presented it to Lawrence’s wife, Carolyn Landry. Interment was private in Gethsemane Cemetery, Athol.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, was honored with directing the arrangements.

BERLIN — Lawrence Joseph Landry, 90, of Berlin, died peacefully Friday, July 14, 2017, at The Reservoir Center for Health & Rehabilitation in Marlborough.

He leaves his wife of 61 years, Carolyn (Bassow) Landry; their daughter, Michelle Stein and son-in-law, Neil Stein, of Safety Harbor, Fla., and granddaughters, Jessica Stein of Dunedin, Fla., and Jillian Stein of Chapel Hill, N.C.; their son, Mark Landry, daughter-in-law, Laurie (Evans) Landry, grandsons, Michael Landry and Timothy Landry, their respective wives, Jill and Michaela, and granddaughter, Meghan Landry, of Marshfield; their daughter, Linda Fountain, son-in-law, Joseph Fountain, and grandson, Joseph Fountain of Middletown, Conn., and grandson, Christian Fountain of Somerville; and their son, Douglas Landry, daughter-in-law, Debora Forte, grandson, Benjamin Landry, and granddaughter, Charlotte Landry, of Natick.

Born and raised in Athol, he was the son of Joseph and Adeline (Chiasson) Landry of New Brunswick, Canada, and brother to Muriel True of Portland, Maine, Winifred Masters of Canandaigua, N.Y., Regina Kucinskas of Athol, and Paul Landry of Thousand Oaks, Calif., all predeceased. He is survived by his brother, Alban Landry, of Winchester.

Mr. Landry attended Athol High School and was a standout athlete who played football, hockey, basketball, and semi-pro baseball. After graduating with the class of 1945, he briefly served in the United States Navy as a seaman first class and attended business college in Worcester, where he also hosted a radio show on veterans’ affairs. He returned to Athol and became a laborer with the Army Corps of Engineers to help construct Tully Dam in nearby Royalston. He married Carolyn Bassow in November 1955 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Orange, and worked at various positions with Erving Paper Mill, Union Twist Drill, Girardi Distributors, and Greenfield Tap & Die.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed umpiring Little League and men’s softball. Although he was a lifelong New York Yankees fan, he also was passionate about the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, and Boston Bruins. He loved his vacations at Hampton Beach, N.H., and York, Maine, and was famous for his family breakfasts, sitting in his front porch rocking chair, and keeping everybody laughing with his Henry Kissinger impersonation. He especially enjoyed telling stories in the company of his grandchildren who affectionately called him “Papa” and “Tickle Beard.”

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., on July 22, at Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.

Interment in Gethsemane Cemetery, Athol, will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Special Olympics Massachusetts, 512 Forest St., Marlborough, MA 01752.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.


My deepest sympathies go out to the Landry family.  I know it's a difficult time and I want you to know that my heart and prayers will be with you.Best,Rudi Vanderschoot

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