Larry Frank Thompson

June 17, 1942 - December 28, 2020 West Grove, PA | Age 78 “May the Work I've Done Speak for Me"

Larry Frank Thompson, age 78, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 28th after a courageous one-month battle with COVID-19.

Larry was born in Lancaster, PA on June 17, 1942. He attended school in Oxford and graduated in 1960. He enjoyed singing and was a member of the State Choir during his Senior Year. He served in the United States Air Force for two years as Mess Sergeant, one of which he spent in Japan He was very fond of the time he spent abroad, meeting the people and learning their culture. He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

He worked at Lukens Steel Company and the Veterans Hospital in Coatesville, PA but his true calling was as Manager of Perkins Restaurant in Avondale for over 25 years. Because of Larry’s devotion to his job and the compassion he always showed to his staff and customers through the years, he was lovingly known as “Mr. Perkins!”. He considered them all like family. His many employees through the years have never forgotten those “Larryisms” that made every shift worthwhile. “If you have time to lean, you have time to clean!” “If you can’t hack it, grab your jacket!”.

Although a glaucoma diagnosis forced him to retire in 2010 from a job he loved, Larry never let it stop him. A pillar of the community, he was a dedicated 29-year member of the West Grove-Avondale Rotary with perfect attendance. He also served a term as President and was instrumental in starting the Rotaract Club at Lincoln University. He served as Club Director and Membership Chair for many years and was able to recruit a multitude of new members. Larry participated in many Rotary events such as the Annual Chicken BBQ and Pancake Breakfast and led the singing at weekly meetings. Larry also sang The National Anthem at the July Rotary Phillies Games for three years! He was also a longtime member of the Local Chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Kennett Square, PA.

A resident of the West Grove Borough, he was often seen walking through town, stopping in to say hello at Ruffini’s Barber Shop, Marrone’s Delicatessen and the Avon Grove Library.

Larry became a member of Shiloh Presbyterian Church (formerly Second Presbyterian) in Oxford in 1954. As a young man, he attended Sunday School and was in the Youth Choir. As an adult, he continued using his voice and was an active member and soloist of both the Senior Choir and Men’s Choir. Larry’s service to his church went well beyond music. He also served two terms as an Elder and was a member of SPC Outreach Ministry, which fit him to a “T”! With his warm and welcoming smile, he was always helping others through his kind words and kind acts for church members and the community at large. For more than 50 years, he was also one of the cooks for Shiloh’s Annual Community Turkey Dinner. When his eyesight deteriorated, he became the main greeter and welcomed guests to the dinner and seating area. “May the work I’ve done speak for me.”

Larry truly loved sports! Back in the day, he played an amazing game of basketball! He played on the school teams, with his friends, and would visit other towns in the area to play competitive games. At 6 foot 2 ½, he did have a heads up on the younger men in the family. Even as he got older, he still gave his sons and other family members a run for their money and he never let them forget it!! He also enjoyed following the local professional teams, like the 76’ers, Phillies and the Eagles.

Larry truly was a dance machine. Whenever there was a celebration or party, he would be one of the first on the dance floor and one of the last to leave! He would often tell younger family members and friends, “When you get married, I’ll dance at your wedding!” And he did just that.

Larry’s love of music led him to learn the Bass Guitar. Since he couldn’t read the music, he memorized everything. He took lessons for the past two years at the Oxford Arts Alliance. He sang and played at some local venues as part of a small band called “Everyday People.”

His exuberant laughter was the main ingredient of his loving personality. If Larry was anywhere nearby, you would know it! He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and extended family.

He is preceded in death by his grandson, Malik Thompson, his mother, Gladys Boddy, fathers Homer Boddy and Charles J. Jamison, his sister Margo and his grandparents Curtis A. and Eva Mae Thompson.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Rosemary Vari Thompson, his daughter Michelle (Eric) Wesley, his sons Michael and Lamont Thompson, his stepdaughters Kimberly (Matt) Lauzon and Kasey (Curtis) Glasco, stepsons Paul (Regina) Bassette and Darryl (Shellese) Bassett, his sisters Brenda Matika, Linda Boddy (Calvin),and Hedy (James) Drummond and brothers Preston (Sherry) Jamison and Kenneth Jefferson and his grandchildren Jasmine Johnson, Mark Wesley, Michael Thompson Jr., Tyrone Thompson, Kyle Haldaway, Brooklyn Thompson, Bri Lynn Ford, Gabriella and Giuliana Thompson, Zozo and Frankie Lauzon and Charlotte Glasco; Great-grandchildren Zaria White and Talib Morton, brothers-in-law Francis (Terry) Vari and Michael (Joyce) Vari, special aunts Dorothea Christie and Josephine Franzone and a host of other aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, church family and friends.

The family extends their deepest gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Jennersville Hospital for their constant compassion and attentive care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shiloh Presbyterian Church, Oxford PA or the Coatesville VA Medical Center.

The Memorial Service for Larry will be held on Tuesday, January 5th at 1:00 PM at the Oxford Cemetery, 220 N. 3rd Street, Oxford PA. The service will be available on Zoom at:
https://zoom.us/j/95735157243?pwd=enU0cDcrSWl2ajUwbzFuVFVRbStIZz09

To join the Zoom live stream of Larry’s service, you will need to enter the following password: LThompson

**Social Distancing and Face Masks are required.**

A PROPER CELEBRATION TO HONOR LARRY IS BEING PLANNED FOR EARLY SUMMER!!

Memorial Donations

Shiloh Presbyterian Church

42 S 5th Street
Oxford, PA 19363

Coatesville VA Medical Center

1400 Blackhorse Hill Road
Coatesville, PA 19320

Services

Graveside Service

January 5, 2021 1:00PM 220 N 3rd Street
Oxford, PA 19363

**Social Distancing and Face Masks are required**

Zoom Link

January 5, 2021 1:00PM To join a livestream of Larry's service, please click the link below at the date and time above and enter the following password: LThompson


https://zoom.us/j/95735157243?pwd=enU0cDcrSWl2ajUwbzFuVFVRbStIZz09

Guestbook

  1. So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. Will miss seeing him around the community. Always enjoyed the friendly hello and smile. Prayers for everyone.

    Donna ( Crossan ) Massey

    Donna Massey | January 17, 2021 at 11:48 AM
  2. I remember Larry from his time at Perkins. He was sauve, friendly, and the epitome of what it means to be a gentleman. Look up “gentleman” in the dictionary and you’ll see Larry’s picture!

    JD | January 11, 2021 at 10:44 PM
  3. Rosemary, my condolences. What a wonderful man. You both have been such great supporters of the library and I am so happy to have met you both.

    Joyce Ford

    joyce Ford | January 6, 2021 at 3:54 PM
  4. Larry was a frequent and very welcome guest at Avon Grove Library. He always brightened our day just by saying hello. You could tell how much he loved people in every conversation you had with him. Larry became one of my first friends when I started working at the library and attended one of the WGA Rotary Club meetings early on – he greeted me and led me to the meeting room, instantly making me feel comfortable and welcome. What a wonderful introduction to the lovely people of the West Grove area! I’ll miss Larry so much, as will we all.

    Lori Schwabenbauer | January 6, 2021 at 12:59 PM
  5. To Michelle Wesley. I am deeply sadden to hear of your father passing. Even though I’ve never met your father after reading his obituary, I can now see some of him in you. Your singing in church (dance moves) and your all around good nature and willingness to help others. You may not notice it, but, to those who know you and knew your father they will always see a little bit of your father, when they see you. God bless you and keep you during this sorrowful times.

    Bro. Ed

    Edward Stubbs | January 6, 2021 at 12:54 PM
  6. Lifting up in prayer my dear friend Lamont Thompson upon hearing of your father’s Larry’s passing. I was blessed to see your father baptize you and although I only met him once what a sweet memory!

    Kara Miller | January 5, 2021 at 3:46 PM
  7. My deepest sympathy to the Family of Larry Thompson, I never met him but hear alot about him from his sister Brenda Matika.
    Prayers are sent to God Almighty & God is greeting Larry with a Well Done Thy Good & Faithful Servant. He has Finished the race God called him Home. Prayers for every Family member.

    Ruth Abel | January 5, 2021 at 12:50 PM
  8. My Dear Rosemary and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss of Larry. He was a remarkable man and your beloved husband
    for a long time. May Our Lord be with you and give you strength during the coming days.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you always.
    Much love, Velma

    Velma S Warren | January 5, 2021 at 12:37 PM
  9. My deepest sympathy are to you and your family. I never met him. However, may our dear Lord give you the love & strength to carry
    you threw this very difficult time. You have my Prayers Always, Mary Cooley

    Mary Cooley | January 5, 2021 at 9:59 AM
  10. My condolences to Rosemary and Larry’s entire family. I saw Larry a few times but within those few times I felt instant warmth, and a sense of friendliness. I came to meet him through his sister Brenda Matika. RIP Larry your work is done. God’s good and faithful servant enter upon your rest.

    Joan Toro | January 5, 2021 at 9:36 AM
  11. What a great man who always thought of others and brought joy to all those who crossed his path. I will surely miss his infectious laugh at our family gatherings. May God bless his soul.

    With love,
    Chuck

    Chuck Taylor | January 4, 2021 at 8:36 PM
  12. Dear Rosemary,

    Heaven must be a better and happier place because Larry is there. Know that you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

    Gaby Schaffer
    Ovations at Elk View

    gabriella schaffer | January 4, 2021 at 5:23 PM
  13. My sincere condolences to the family and my prayers are with them. Even though I never got to meet Mr. Thompson May he Rest In Peace and my prayers are with the family.

    Floyd Holloway Sr | January 4, 2021 at 5:09 PM
  14. Larry was a sweet and caring man. I feel honored to call him my cousin! I would see him a lot at the West Chester PA Elks Lodge. This was back in the “70s”. If the music was playing Larry was on the dance floor. With his caring, love, and dancing, he has truly left is mark saying “Larry Thompson was here”. My dear cousin, you will truly be missed❤️

    Mona McBride | January 4, 2021 at 1:42 PM
  15. My sincere condolences to Rosemary and Larry’s entire family. What a life well spent, so impressive, so ‘Larry’. He definitely made his mark on this earth and will be remembered forever. I feel so fortunate that we reconnected at our 1960 OAHS Class reunions and lunches. In our later years Larry was consistent in his support and checking-in – to laugh, to talk music, to talk old times, to share happenings. I will miss him so very much, my dear friend and music buddy. He lived and listened with his heart.
    Janet Steenson Capano

    Jan Capano | January 4, 2021 at 12:38 PM
  16. I knew Larry from Rotary and he would always make me laugh. I would always tell him he was walking into the ladies’ room at functions which would always get a great reaction from him.

    Life wasn’t always easy for Larry but man did he handle it with a smile and a song… he was a great singer also.

    Over the past few years I only ran into him every once in a while but there were always big bear hugs and that laugh. I will miss him.

    PJ Mullin | January 4, 2021 at 11:59 AM
  17. Cousin Larry was always full of life and kept a smile on your face. Even now in his absence here on earth memories of him and his jokes make me smile. My deepest condolences to the family. With Love

    Sonya Jones | January 4, 2021 at 8:45 AM
  18. “May the work I’ve done speak for me”. It does and it will, cousin Larry. God has truly called home a good and faithful servant. Now its time to rest.

    Allison Jones | January 3, 2021 at 8:12 PM
  19. What a beautiful Tribute to Bro. Larry. My prayers and condolences goes out to the Thompson Family. Bro. Thompson was a beautiful and well known man. He has been faithful down here on earth. God has now called him on home to make him ruler over many. May God comfort and bless you all 🙏 🙏 🙏

    Mr.&Mrs. Eric Foote

    Yvette Foote | January 3, 2021 at 6:37 PM
  20. Larry F. Thompson Family
    Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed and forever in our hearts and memory.
    R.I.P. Larry
    Jo-Ann White Brady

    J.W. BRADY | January 3, 2021 at 2:27 PM
  21. So sorry for your loss. Larry was such a nice person, knowing him from Perkins. Always had a smile on his face, and would always come around to the customers and say hello. May “Mr. Perkins” rest in peace. Elaine Fiore

    Elaine Fiore | January 3, 2021 at 1:54 PM
  22. Our condolences to Larry’s family. We have known Larry since he was born. I grew up in the 2nd Presbyterian Church with Larry and his mother’s family. When ever we came back to the Church Larry was there to greet and recognize us by the sound of our voices. Larry knew just how to make anyone feel like a close friend. Our trips to the church will never be the same with out Larry to welcome us.
    Shirley & Bill Whyte

    Shirley A Whyte | January 3, 2021 at 10:57 AM
  23. My sincere condolences to Michelle, family and friends of Larry. May God give you comfort and peace. Larry was a friend of my brother and my brother always spoke very highly of Larry. I know he will be missed. May he RIP

    Frances Atley | January 3, 2021 at 10:45 AM
  24. My sincere condolences to Michelle and the family and friends of Larry. May God give you peace and comfort.

    Frances Atley | January 3, 2021 at 10:41 AM
  25. My deepest condolences to Larry’s family. I worked with him in psych at the va. He was so caring and compassionate and supportive. Truely a great person. This would be a better world if everyone was like him.

    Jane hullihan | January 3, 2021 at 7:43 AM
  26. I wish I had known Larry. After reading the obituary, I can only say that he must have been someone I would have liked to call a friend. My condolences to Rosemary who works in our office at Ovations at Elk View. My husband Jim and I are so very sorry for your loss and wish you peace.
    Denise and Jim Malone

    Denise and Jim Malone | January 3, 2021 at 7:34 AM
  27. Deepest condolences to Larry’s family and friends for the timing & taking of a loved one is never easy.
    Larry gave me my first job as a Bus Boy at Perkin’s. He took us all on as his own in his guidance to make us better. He never forgot you after you left. He would welcome large groups of us to celebrate late nights after musicals, choir concerts, a sports team’s season-ending get together, homecomings, proms, birthdays, retirements or simply allowing the restaurant to be a safe alternative to hang for the many teenagers from the local schools. Name an event and Larry was the gracious host to many. He watched us grow up, hired us and bid us well when graduated with hopes of an amazing future. He picked us up when we fell, celebrated our wins and mourned our losses. His tenure at Perkin’s meant he probably hired or worked with some 3 generations of one family. He always had a Larryism meant to make you think.
    Reading this memorial write-up, he was so much to so many. He left an amazing legacy on the community he served with his Good Works. Though sorely missed, may he now rest in peace and God find his life’s efforts pleasing. Well Done Larry. We are all better for knowing you. Heaven is celebrating for an angel has been called home to be with the Father. May God bring peace to all who mourn his passing.

    Elliott Glover | January 3, 2021 at 7:11 AM
  28. Larry was a great man and will truly be missed by me and many others. I knew him from going to Perkins and also as a member of the Avon Grove Jaycees. I remember he asked me many times after I aged out of the Jaycees and even before he asked me many times to join the Rotary. He knew I would be a great asset as a Rotarian. It just was not my calling. He truly cared about me and my husband. He always asked about me and my family. He was a wonderful man! Rest now my friend.

    Karen Ward | January 2, 2021 at 10:20 PM
  29. Larry was a great friend he always loved stories about you and your family and he loved to laugh him and my husband Jeff would talk and laugh about old times and he cared about everybody and always asked about everyone you and he would know and tell stories about himself and when he was growing up he will surely be missed god bless and Rest In Peace My friend Love from Jeff and Lisa Stout

    Lisa | January 2, 2021 at 9:55 PM
  30. Rosemary,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.
    Pam Scholla- Ovations at Elk View

    Pam Scholla | January 2, 2021 at 8:53 PM
  31. I’ve lost a friend.May he rest in Peace. Condolonces and Prayers to the family.

    Margaret Hicks | January 2, 2021 at 6:59 PM
  32. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family. Larry was always kind, knew had to have fun, and he was very outgoing and a people person. He had a laugh that could fill up the room. Whenever you heard his laugh, you knew it was him. He will be dearly missed.
    May the Lord comfort and strengthen his family during this time of loss.

    Kevin Draper | January 2, 2021 at 6:40 PM
  33. Condolences to the family of mr. Larry. Always greeted us wonderfully at Perkins and blessed us! May the love of God console your hearts and Minds in Jesus name!

    Arlene Norton | January 2, 2021 at 5:08 PM
  34. Thinking of you and your family, remember that the Lord will not put no more on you than you can bear. 🤗
    The gang. Chris, Cordelia, Courtney,
    Dave, Gordon, Cindy and Darlene
    We are here for you Lamont ❤

    Darlene Haynes | January 2, 2021 at 3:00 PM
  35. Having grownup in Oxford,I’ve known Larry for over 70 years.He always had that booming,joyful laugh and singing voice and indeed loved to dance. Ever the gentleman.
    Rest in peace and glory dear friend.

    Carolyn Garner | January 2, 2021 at 2:17 PM
  36. Larry was always sending up his timber to our Heavenly FATHER and now those many timber rewards of his many labors are well earned. Rest In peace brother Larry and I look forward to when we shall be reunited forevermore in the promised Kingdom. Amen 🙏🏾

    Bernice Swann | January 2, 2021 at 2:10 PM
  37. I just happened upon this posting. I remember him well at Perkins and he never forgot you! A truly kind and caring man. He will forever be Mr. Perkins. Condolences to his friends and family. I’d imagine he might be managing the pearly gates right about now.

    Andrea J. Gentry | January 2, 2021 at 1:22 PM
  38. What a beautiful tribute to Larry. He always worried about others and would help you in any way he could. He always cared about my Dad and always took time to ask about him. He will be missed at the Oxford Diner. He is dancing and singing in Heaven and playing his guitar to entertain others. R.I.P. Larry

    Betty Kramer | January 2, 2021 at 12:34 PM
  39. A beautiful tribute to Larry, he was this and more. A true friend, somebody I can honestly say I hope my child grow up to be like. Larry will be missed. God bless his soul.

    Ed Satchell | January 2, 2021 at 10:56 AM
  40. My deepest condolences to Larry’s whole family. Larry seemed to be larger than life; he struck me as a man filled with joy and happiness. I know he will be missed by all who knew him.
    Now he is dancing & singing in Heaven and he can SEE the wonders waiting for us all !

    Renée | January 2, 2021 at 10:28 AM

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