Halliday, Larry George

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Halliday, Larry George May 3, 1948 – August 21, 2021. Larry Halliday, a husband & soulmate, father, papa, son, brother, uncle, and friend. This sentence doesn’t do justice to what an exceptional man Larry was. Predeceased by his parents, George and Bessie Halliday. Survived by his favourite sister Donna (Wayne) who he talked to every night, older brother Jack (Marie), younger twin brother Leonard (Isabel), and youngest brother Bud (Judy), and in-laws Davie (predeceased) (Julie), Jane (Dan), Jeff and Chris (Linc). Larry was Kathy’s soulmate. In the 42 years they were together, they never fought. They both knew when something was just not as important to one than it was to the other and valued each others needs. He loved to watch curling with Kathy and his favourite cousin Susan. Larry touched so many people in so many different ways, but none so overpowering as his love for Kathy. The ache in her body can only be made less harsh in knowing that what they had was something so many people strive for, and so few ever achieve. Everyday with Larry was a gift. His best buddy Give’r will also miss their daily walks. Larry was not only a master plumber, but there wasn’t anything that he couldn’t do. He was so humble that when he was complimented on his skills, he would just shake his head. He was a father and best friend to Matthew (Alina) and Jayne van der Veen (Hendrik). He was a gentle mediator, teacher, and go-to-guy to both Matt and Jayne. He loved his daughter-in-law and son-in-law as if they were his own. He has left a hole in their hearts that can only be filled with the knowledge and faith that he is in a better place. Larry’s greatest accomplishment, his greatest source of pride was his grandchildren, Olyvia, Alexis, Jozef and Connor. He loved working with them whether it be crafts (which he loved…?), helping them ride a bike, fishing, gardening, camping, sitting around the fire, teaching them to swim, and the list goes on. Their motto was, “If no-one else can fix it, give it to Papa, he can fix anything.” The family would like to thank Dr. Akenyele, Dr. Houston and a very special thanks to the staff of the Grand River Hospital ICU whose loving care made his last days as comfortable as possible. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Ronald McDonald House. Cremation will take place and a private family gathering will be held at a later time. “Goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end, they simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again. Messages and condolences may be left for the family at www.tricitycremaitons.com or 519.772.1237.

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