Lawrence Adolph Belair, of Hanover, passed away after a courageous battle with his health at Hanover Care Centre on Sunday, September 4, 2022. He was 82.
Born in Windsor, Ontario, on November 5, 1939, to the late Lawrence and Florence (nee Larsh) Belair. Better known as Larry to all who knew him and Sonny to family, he enjoyed rounds of golf and lawn bowling with his friends . He also enjoyed woodworking and fishing. He and Gerry went into business for themselves, operating the Bulk Food Store for many years in Hanover. They enjoyed their winters away in Florida at Lakeland and grew fond of the many neighbours that they made friends with. He was an RCAF radar operator and also worked search and rescue and was proud to be of service. Larry worked for many years at F. Joseph Lamb and as a founding partner at Tri-way Machine Limited in Windsor.
Survived by loving wife Gerry of Hanover, daughters Roseanne Bensette (Jeff Renaud) of Hanover, Kim Craig (friend Carlos) of Windsor, Brenda (Dave) Haesler of Windsor, and son Phill (April) Belair of Barrie. Cherished Papa of Krista (Matt), Jillian (Matthew), Justin (Tarrah), Ryan (Carly), Wyatt, Gage and great grandchildren Leityn, Jaelie, Kinnon and Evan. Fondly remembered by siblings June Sinnott, Dolores Tighe, and Mike Belair. Predeceased by his parents, and sisters Virginia Peters, April Bingham, and Eleanor Smith.
To honour his wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial donations to the Hanover & District Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Mighton Funeral Home, Hanover.
Dear Jerry and family
Rae and I were sorry to hear of Larry's passing. We enjoyed our time with both of you at the Lakeland Lawn Bowling Club. Larry was a fun guy to be bowling with or against. I remember buying a wood carved pen from him as a gift for our nephew who also enjoyed wood carving.
Our deepest to you and your family,
Rae and Audrey Ney
Gerry I am was saddened to hear of the passing of Larry.
Please accept our our deepest sympathies on his passing.
To the whole Belair family,
So sorry for your loss. Many childhood memories came back, as friends and neighbours. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.🙏🙏
Remembering Uncle Sunny fondly and the lovely memories he gave to us all. Sending condolences on his loss. He will be missed.— Lauren Paumier (Smith)
Dear Gerry & family so very sorry to hear of Larry's passing, he will be remembered always by all who knew him. Thinking of you all during this sad time, and remembering the good times we had over the years. Hugs to you all. ????????— Randy & Sherry Craig
I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing Roseanne. I will keep your family in my prayers— Joanne Griffin
I send all the family my most sincere condolences. To say he fought a courageous battle is understated. Larry was such a great family friend and will be missed by many. May he rest in peace.— Heather Curran
So sorry for your loss. I am sure he will be missed by many. Glad our paths crossed.— Ross and Linda Walters