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Lawrence Hardin

Lawrence Earl Hardin

Friday, November 13th, 1936 - Monday, January 13th, 2020
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Obituary

Lawrence Earl Hardin, 83, a lifelong resident of Arlington passed away peacefully Monday January 13th, at home surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of 62 years to Phyllis (Grotjohan) Hardin. Father of Barbara Marchand of Maynard, Howie and wife Marica Hardin of Poland, ME and the late Lorraine Hardin and Janine Hardin. Grandfather of Andrew (Eileen) Bonaccolto of Goshen, NH, Arliya Marchand of Maynard and the late Matthew Bonaccolto. Great grandfather of Sydney, Austin and Cosette Bonaccolto. Son of the late Howard and Anna (Sutton) Hardin. Brother of Alice Dooling of ME and the late Richard and Howard Hardin and Claire Bell. Family and friends are invited to visit in The DeVito Funeral Home 1145 Mass Avenue ARLINGTON Saturday 1:00 to 2:30pm with a funeral home service to commence at 2:30pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Larry's memory to: The American Heart Association (www.heart.org) or The American Liver Foundation (www.liverfoundation.org).

Larry worked as plumber at Arthur D. Little in Cambridge, MA for 38 years. He retired over 25 years ago to spend time with his bride, Phyllis. Larry and Phyllis cherished their time together, at home, shopping trips together, going to Essex for fried clams, Kimball’s farm for ice cream, and spending time with family. As a grandfather, he knew the value of time and experiences with his grandchildren, taking them on errands and adventures across New England. He was always there for his children and grandchildren for whatever they needed, like driving to Needham to make sure Andrew and Matt had what they needed for cub scouts or picking up his granddaughter, Arliya, so she could drive home to practice driving. He was definitely a jack of all trades, he loved to solve all problems, and not one to waste a thing. He had a million knick knacks for anything that might be needed. Larry, known as the Mayor of Mount Vernon (Street), could be found in his chair in the sunroom overseeing the street. He was an amazing neighbor to the community, and the neighbor’s love for him was shown by their many selfless acts of kindness to him and Phyllis. Especially during the challenges of illness during the last few years of his life. The family is forever grateful and thankful to the community and many others who played a role in Larry’s life and for always keeping an eye on him and Phyllis and their continued support.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    When
    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Location
    DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington
    Address
    1145 Massachusetts Ave.
    ARLINGTON, MA 02476
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 2:30pm
    When
    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 2:30pm
    Location
    DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington
    Address
    1145 Massachusetts Ave.
    ARLINGTON, MA 02476
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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PATRICIA FREEDLAND

Posted at 12:57pm
Tuesday was always my favorite day at work: I would look forward to the warm smiles and friendly banter we shared. You and Larry will always be very special people to me. He will be sorely missed.

Patti & Mark Freedland
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Alyson Fitzsimmons

Posted at 11:18am
Larry and Phyllis together have been the stalwart neighbors on Mt. Vernon Street that treated everyone like family. Larry was always available when in need and was often found doing silent good deeds for neighbors, especially when they were absent from home. On many of our family vacations, we would find that a mysterious elf had retrieved our trash cans or a forgotten newspaper or find our walk shoveled of the latest snow upon our return home. It wasn't difficult to figure out who that elf was. Larry always made a point of saying hello if he saw you out in the neighborhood or would give you his infamous wave from his green truck if he and Phyllis were on their way to their own outing. Larry would either stop his vehicle in the street to say hello or when in a hurry, he would drive by and give you his distinguishable wave by keeping his hands on the wheel while allowing his fingers to do the waving. If you were locked out of your own home, Larry probably had a key. He also knew most everything about one's home from how old your boiler was to who the last four owners were. Larry will be irreplaceable but he will remain in our hearts. Hopefully we will help carry on his teachings to be as good neighbors to others as he was to all of those who lived near him.
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Barbara Marchand

Posted at 11:16pm
I have a lot of memory’s but my dad got his wish to come home, he wanted to be home with the family he loved so much when passed.And it happened I stayed with him all night held his hand and talked to him and I know he heard me a couple of times I got an extra little squeeze.I Feel blessed I was there for him.I glad he is not in pain any more my heart hurts I miss him so much.My mom came down put the news on keeping all normal made her coffee while she holding his hand we had coffee together talking a bit she turned Barbara his lips are white I checked his pulse his chest was still I said mom he waited to you came down to hear your voice and took gods hand and went with love to all of us. I miss you dad I love you Barbara And now your parents your two daughters your brothers and Matt go in pease




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Elaine Tremblay

Posted at 01:56pm
Will always remember the good times with Larry.
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