Larry E. Strack Sr., 63, of Fawn Ridge Road in Lake Placid, passed away Monday, March 26, 2012 at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. He was formerly a longtime resident of Batavia.
He was born in Lake Placid on Oct. 9, 1948, to Hector Edward Strack and Dora Chabbott. He graduated from Lake Placid High School in 1968. Larry was the husband of Delia "Dede" Gonyea Strack.
He was a member of the 1980 Winter Olympic Committee, a pioneer member of the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service, past firefighter and dive team member of the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department. In addition, he was a member and coach of the Lake Placid Pee Wee Association, the first coach for the Genesee Amateur Hockey Association in Batavia and could be found sharing stories and a cup of coffee at Stewart's Shops with the "Coffee Club."
He worked at Adirondack Correctional Facility and retired in 1999. Prior to that, when he lived in Batavia, he worked as a corrections officer at Attica State Prison.
He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing, golf and bowling.
Larry is survived by his wife, Delia, of Lake Placid, and his children, William Strack and his wife Christine, of Saranac Lake; Larry E. Strack Jr. and his wife, Joanne, of Saranac Lake; Carrie Sharlow and her husband, Clay, of Dickinson Center; Alex Strack and his wife, Amanda, of Lake Placid; and Danielle Barney and her husband, Matthew, of Dannemora; one brother, Francis Strack and his wife, Debbie, of Lake Placid; one sister, Patti Wood and her husband, Larry, of Lake Placid; 15 grandchildren -- Martin, Billy, Brie, Chelsea, Corey, Matthew, Shania, Cheyenne, Dylan, Justine, Lucas, Desirae, Johnny, Jaylyne and Wyatt; three great-grandchildren -- Jakob, Madaline and Hector; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
M.B. Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid handled the arrangements. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Lake Placid. Cremation followed. The Rev. John Yonkovig officiated. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
The family sugggests donations in Larry's memory be made to the American Cancer Society.