Similar to how Larry dealt with all learned and lived experiences, he managed his sudden illness with strength and grace. Larry peacefully passed on the 21st day of June 2021 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario. Born on the 19th day of February 1945 in Hamilton, Ontario, Lawrence “Larry” Chiarot, beloved husband of Mary (née Cowan) of 54 adventurous years; dear sons Cameron, Colin (Melissa) and adored grandsons Cooper and Carter. Larry was the youngest of five children of late Italian immigrant parents, Bruno and Natalina Chiarot and brothers Roland (“Ron”) and Dino. Survived by brother Rudolph (“Rudy”) (Marion) Chiarot, sister, Nancy Chiarot along with numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Larry graduated in the spring of 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Waterloo Lutheran University (Wilfrid Laurier University) and completed his teaching certification from the University of Western Ontario. Larry’s career and flare for adventure, took he and his family across Ontario, living in cities, small towns, and rural farming communities. Larry began his 32-year career teaching English and later helping students as a Guidance Counsellor. If you had the opportunity to meet Larry, you would have witnessed his humorous icebreaker “Ya know, I was in prison!” Larry got a kick out of seeing the reaction on the faces of people he just met. Truthfully, Larry, was in prison, but fortunately he was on the outside of the locked cells where he was responsible for helping setup an academic program for a maximum-security facility in Ontario.
Larry was passionate about teaching, but not only in a classroom setting – As an avid reader and traveller, Larry enjoyed sharing his experiences and learnings with family, friends, and strangers in an elevator. Larry, an extrovert, liked to be surrounded by people and was always willing and interested in new experiences and adventures. During his life, Larry renovated the family home, built a cottage, drove a used Canadian military ambulance, enjoyed fishing, and volunteered for a local railway committee.
Indeed, Larry had a wonderful and fruitful life, and he will always be remembered for his charm, wit and friendship. Lawrence ci mancherà, ma non sarà dimenticato.
Cremation has taken place. A private family interment has taken place. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the St. Mary's Hospital Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society. Messages and condolences may be left for the family at www.tricitycremations.com. Please visit Larry's obituary notice on Facebook.