Thursday, November 8, 2012 The Cloverdale Reporter 11
He ‘embodied’ Legion values From page one
he was wounded. After the war, he moved to Surrey, working for Fraser Mills. But military life called, and he soon enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, then later the Canadian Provost Corps again, and by 1950, he was part of the PPCLI. He left the armed forces in 1959, embarking on a long civilian career with Canada Post. Music was a great joy of his life. He played both the trumpet and saxophone, performing with a number of bands. He was also physically active: he loved baseball, and played senior slow-pitch up to age 74. He enjoyed writing, published a memoir of his army adventures and also wrote poetry. An active force in the community, Larson was also involved in a number of groups, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Order of Foresters, Scouts Canada, the junior Olympic training program and the RCMP Auxiliary. He also founded the Cloverdale Jazz Club. He’ll be greatly missed at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 6 in Cloverdale, where he was a longserving and active member. He was awarded a life membership in 1985.
“He gave it his all, to his community and to his country.” - Frank Redekop, Branch 6 A past-president of Branch 6, he was also especially dedicated to the Poppy Campaign, which raises funds through poppy sales to support veterans and their families. During the two-week annual campaign, “He just basically went out eight to 10 hours a day,” Branch 6 president Frank Redekop recalled Tuesday. “He was out there all day, every day. He never sat down.” In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that any donations be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund. Larson was a fixture at Remembrance Day services in Cloverdale, where he played the Last Post on his trumpet at numerous ceremonies. His dedication and service represents what the Legion is all about, Redekop said. “He just embodied the principles that the Legion stands for. He is definitely a man who will be missed,” Redekop said, praising Larson’s honesty and integrity, warmth and openness. “He was a mentor to a lot of people,” he said. “He’s just one of those people who gave it his all, to his community and to his country.” Along with his wife of 35 years, Esther, he’s survived by three daughters: Catherine, Billie, and Patricia, stepdaughters Shirley and Linda, and 24 grandchildren. He is predeceased by son Richard.
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November 08, 2012 edition of the Cloverdale Reporter