Lawrence Herman

Lawrence T. "Larry" Herman

02/03/1945 - 11/22/2019
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Lawrence T. Herman of Stow, OH, died of natural causes on 11/22/2019. Born a paraplegic with spina bifida on 2/3/1945 doctors expected him to live no more than several months. But Larry was a fighter. He did not use his crutches as a victim, but to fight for his independence. He led a full life, challenged, but never defeated by his paralysis.

Larry’s successes were manifold. He was a pioneer of mainstreaming. At the age of six, he joined his brothers and sisters at Holy Family School. He graduated from Hoban High School and then Akron University with a BFA and later pursued studies in medical records. He worked as a legal researcher, medical records professional, classical music announcer and enjoyed a wide berth of hobbies including serious research into family genealogy. Larry lived in his own home, drove his own car, navigated most of his life on crutches and braces and only in later years in a wheelchair, all on full throttle.

Larry was preceded in death by his father Claude, mother Jean, aunt Tillie, brother Dick, sister Mary, step-mother Mary, and step-sister Dorothy Reynolds. He is survived by his siblings Tom (Jeanne Pepper) of Flint, MI; Terry (Peter Sissons) of Royston, England; Jack (Mimi) of Stow, OH; Bernadette of Deerfield, IL; Bob (Cathy Lee) of Detroit, MI; Catherine Fredericks of Peckville, PA; Dorothy of Stonington, CT and step-sisters Mary Jean Hinkle of Macedonia, OH; Marjorie Burkley of Dublin, OH; Ellen (Jack Shacklett) of Columbus, NC.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring.

In Larry’s memory, let’s also take a courageous whack at life.

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Posted at 03:31pm
Reading about Larry's amazing story warmed my heart not only for his courageous and meaningful life but for my cousin, Cynthia, whose life-experience was much like Larry's.

In today's world, where there is so much selfishness, to see such grace and love within a family is powerful. I know that even though Larry had overwhelming challenges, HE was not overwhelmed by them. He just lived his own, personal life. With purpose and meaning!

Thank you, Larry, for the inspiration to become our best, no matter what. I hope you and Cynthia can get together in Heaven for a cup of coffee and swap stories!

She, too, had wonderful furry friends, so seeing the picture of you with your sweet little pup moved my heart even more.

Cynthia passed away at age 69 (they told her family, also, that she would not live long - guess they were seriously wrong on that count!) in a house fire, with her faithful companion Willy sleeping next to her.... so Heaven has happiness in it, leaving trials and tribulations behind, here for us to find inspiration from.

Rest in Heaven, Larry - and thank you for living your life with such amazing personal purpose.

We should all strive to do that......

My condolences to all the brothers and sisters... you have so many memories in your hearts.

God bless....


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