Larry perfected the “Irish Goodbye.” Just when we thought he’d see a New Year, he left the party.
Lawrence John “Larry” Mahon, 68, died quietly on Saturday, December 31, 2022. His gift this holiday season was his brief, miraculous rally in order to enjoy the company of his children and friends at his bedside.
Surviving Larry are his pride and joy, “The Kids,” Colter, Conner and Emma Mahon; their mother, Sheryl Herndon, and his granddogs. Larry and his surviving siblings, Jim, Ken, Martin, and Mary Mahon, enjoyed a typical 1950s-60’s childhood in Arlington, VA.
After graduating from Yorktown High School in 1972, Larry enrolled at VCU, making Richmond his home forever. As a career Commonwealth employee, he was most proud of his work successes at The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Highlighting his unique personality were Larry’s diverse interests and hobbies. Trite but true, he was a Renaissance Man, an active participant in so many endeavors, a member of good standing in countless organizations and multiple, eclectic groups of friends, an entertaining storyteller, a man of endless “situations,” and Elvis. He was everyone’s, Uncle Larry. He always sought adventure, even in simple activities of golfing, traveling, walking around his neighborhood to discover the history, watching sports, and playing and listening to live music. He maintained odd credentials, including Maker’s Mark Ambassador, Youngest Volunteer (age 20) at Big Brothers Organization, and a charter member of the DBA (Drinking Buddies of America).
Larry’s two most revered pastimes were trips with his biking buddies (or any time spent on his Harley) and his black powder rifle competitions. For more than 25 years he was a proud member of an award-winning marksman with the Washington Blue Rifles of the North-South Skirmish Association. All that said, Larry’s favorite people were Colter, Conner, and Emma, and his best times were spent either with them or listening to tales of their adventures.
The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Parkway, Richmond, Virginia 23294. A celebration of Larry’s life will follow at 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.
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Those wishing to make a memorial contribution to honor Larry may do so at the American Cancer Society, cancer.org, or a charity of their choice.
So, did Larry leave?