Lawrence Emil Regis, 81, of Perry, died Sunday, May 8, 2011. He was born in Rimersburg, PA, on Nov. 26, 1929, the son of Italian immigrants the late Angelo Regis and Catherine Maffeo Regis. Larry graduated from Union High School in Rimersburg in 1947 and Duquesne University via ROTC with a Bachelor in Business Administration in 1951. After serving in the Air Force, he moved to Perry to work as secretary-treasurer at Archway Cookies. In 1956, he married Dorothy Housel; they raised four children. He founded Cookies and Snacks with his best friend, Frank Niccolazo, and later worked as a sales representative for MEDENT of Auburn. Proud of his Italian Catholic heritage, Larry will be remembered as a devoted father and a gentle, patient, honest man. He was president of Kiwanis Club in the 1960’s and was active in St. Joseph’s Church, including singing as a founding member in the men’s choir. Larry was a strong supporter of Dorothy’s string music education program. He was an avid reader and enjoyed music and traveling. His siblings preceded him in death: Joseph Regis, Mary Roppolo, Madeline Steltzer and Robert Regis.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Housel Regis; four children: Catharine (George) Regis-Green of Jamestown, NY; Gregory (Kathleen) Regis of Buffalo, NY; Suzanne Regis of Wayne, PA; Edward (Carol) Regis of Patterson Heights, PA; nine grandchildren: Joshua, Nicole & Michael Regis of Buffalo; Patrick, William, Andrew, Molly, Madeline & Maureen Regis of Patterson Heights; one great-granddaughter: Charlotte Rose Regis of Buffalo; and six nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to call on Friday, May 13, 2011 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and on Saturday, May 14 11:00 to 12:30 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC 98 N. Main St., Perry. Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at St. Isidore’s Parish-St. Joseph’s Church 8 Park St. Perry, NY 14530.
Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association and Disabled American Veterans. For more information or to sign the online guest registry, please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com or call (585) 237-2626. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.