Loss of a pioneer Va Guzzi enthusiast

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Feb 17, 2021, 11:16:09 AMFeb 17
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 Va Guzzisti,
I'm sad to pass on a message I received from Francis Burke:

Ron, I'm so sad to let you know than Larry has passed away. My heart is broken.
I've attached his obituary from the funeral home. 


For those of you who are more recent Guzzisti, & never had occasion to meet Larry, he was a true pioneer in promoting the marque in Va. Larry was a MGNOC Rep in New Jersey before moving to Va. in (I believe) 1979. He was a "mover & shaker" in getting the Guzzi Riders organized. A group gathered at a Denny's restaurant in Norfolk in 1980 to compose bylaws for a new Moto Guzzi Club in Va. April 11. 1980 a charter for the Virginia Moto Guzzi Owners Club was issued by Frank Wedge. The new club had a proto-rally event in Westmoreland in 1981. In the spring of 1982 a group ride from Norfolk up to Sherando Lake took place to "check out" the facilities. This resulted in the first official Va Guzzi Rally in August of 1982. I made a ride down to Norfolk to attend a club meeting after I joined in '82, meeting Larry for the first time. I attended my first Va rally in 1983 & really saw him in action.
Larry had fiery red hair, & lived up to all the stereotypes of passionate, energetic, enthusiastic red heads....with a TEMPER to match! LOL. Larry was always a key member of the group from Tidewater setting an example of how to run a club & put on events that I watched & learned from year after year. He will be missed.

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