Larry W. McCormick

ONEIDA ­ Larry W. McCormick, 68, St. Joseph’s Place, died on Friday, April 13, 2012 with his family by his side.

Born on October 14, 1943 in Rome, he was the son of Kenneth F. and Louise J. Peek McCormick. Larry was first educated in a one room school house in New London before attending VVS schools, graduating in 1962. On August 8, 1964, he married Margaret M. Happle at St. Joseph’s Church, Oneida.

Larry served his country proudly as a member of the US Navy from 1963 until honorably discharged in 1967. He participated in two tours of the Antarctic as a member of Operation Deep Freeze aboard the USS Thomas J. Gary, DER-326. After discharge, he worked for Carmen Sicilia Heating and then as a mechanic for thirty-five years at Diemolding in Canastota, until his retirement in 2005.

He was an avid outdoors man who loved hunting, fishing, gardening and camping with his family. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR races and attended several races in his younger years.

In recent years, he found his greatest pleasure in watching his four grandsons participate in their various sports. Larry could strike up a conversation with anyone he came in contact with, be it a waitress or the person sitting next to him at a ball game; he loved to share a good story.

He is survived by his wife of forty-seven years, Maggie; two children and their spouses, Richard and Jeannine McCormick and Lori and Roy Bronk, both of Camden; four grandsons, Dylan and Parker Smith, Matthew and Nicholas Bronk; and a sister, Joan (Paul) Piper of Endicott; aunts, Marion Ginster of Utica, Betty Sauer of Camden, and Vivian Peek of Seneca Falls; several cousins and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, one aunt and several uncles, brothers and sister-in-laws.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2012 from the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., 260 Main Street, Oneida, with the Reverend Richard Kapral, officiating. Interment, with full military honors, will be made in St. Helena’s Cemetery. Visiting hours will be at the funeral home, 3-7 p.m., Monday, April 16, 2012.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the International Mesothelioma Program, c/o David Sugarbaker, MD, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115 or Hospice and Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413.