Lawrence Gerard Labadie

Lawrence Gerard Labadie

December 11, 1943 ~ July 28, 2022

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Lawrence Gerard Labadie, 78, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on July 28, 2022 in hospice care. He was the 2nd of 5 children born to the late Joseph and Madonna Labadie of Detroit, Michigan. He served in the Army Reserves for 8 years. Larry attended the University of Detroit and worked at Calgon Corp in industrial chemical sales in Detroit and then in Fort Lauderdale, FL where he transferred in 1971 with his wife and two children. While in Ft. Lauderdale, Larry raced on the Yellow Jacket, a 46’ John Alden racing ketch with a competitive 9-person crew where he grew to love everything about sailing, navigation and the waters off Florida and the Bahamas where the family enjoyed a home on Man O War for many years. Fishing the waters of the Bahamas became a passion and filling his cooler with fish to share with many was a source of great joy.

After moving to Vero Beach in 1979, Larry and his wife Maureen founded and co-owned Central Window of Vero Beach and he served on the board of the Florida Glass Association in various positions.  He retired in 2015. The Labadies enjoyed golf and were members of Vero Beach Country Club for many years.

Larry was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Vero Beach Sunrise. He served as Rotary International District 6930 District Governor in 2006-2007. Years of living a life of “Service Above Self” and attaining numerous roles in Rotary leadership, he and Maureen were inducted in 2015 into the Rotary International Arch Klumph Society for outstanding contributions to the Rotary Foundation.   He and Maureen traveled around the world and visited many of the Rotarians they had home-hosted over the years through the Rotary Sunrise annual International Homestay program.

Survivors include his wife Maureen Labadie (Krupp), son Joe (Wendy), daughter Celeste (Michael), sister Connie (John), sister Tess (Beau), brother Jerry (Connie), sister Donna (John).

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for September in Vero Beach, FL.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rotary Club of Vero Beach Sunrise Foundation, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization c/o Bob McCabe, 4049 Ocean Drive #506, Vero Beach, FL 32963 or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero beach.


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Debbie Avery - Rotarian family

August 1, 2022, 8:06 pm

Larry you will be missed by so many. Join a Rotary Club in heaven…They have already greeted you I am sure..

Lisa M. Gehin - Sunrise Rotary

August 2, 2022, 6:14 pm

I got to know Larry best working with him on the signs for Craft Brew & Wing Fest over the years. He will be missed!

Ralph Rosato - Friend, rotarian

August 2, 2022, 6:27 pm

Larry lived life well, his life was filled with family, good friends, and selfless deeds. I have many fond memories of him. Kati and I send our prayers to Maureen and his family.

Yolanda Diaz - Friend

August 2, 2022, 11:17 pm

I’ve known Larry for 22 years while at Central Window . I will miss him dearly for he was an amazing boss , kind hearted a man that was always there for any of us that needed him Many Good Memories. He made me feel like Family . We have lost a great man God Bless

Darrell Horn - Friend - rotarian

August 4, 2022, 4:23 am

Larry … We will miss your wit, wisdom and friendship. You taught us how to live, how to give , and how to lead by example all the way. May your continued journey be as blessed as was your life! May your family be at peace with the great life you have lived and all that you have given them and others. Your friend and Rotarian brother, Darrell Horn

CARDIOLOGY ASSOCIATES - PHYSICIAN

August 4, 2022, 6:06 pm

CONDOLENCE FROM CARDIOLOGY ASSOCIATES DR LEON AND ROBERT HENDLEY AND STAFF, PRAYING FOR THE FAMILY

Bridget Votta - Niece

August 7, 2022, 3:57 am

Uncle Larry was the kind of man who lived life to the fullest. He had a great sense of humor and never took himself too seriously. I had a tremendous amount of respect for him! He was so generous with his time, resources, and love to his friends, family, employees, and strangers. I remember Uncle Larry and Aunt Maureen flying me down to Vero from Detroit for a week when I was 17. I fondly remember fishing with him on his boat on Christmas Day and listening to him talk about Rotary and his travels overseas or fishing trips to the Bahamas. He loved traveling and the outdoors! I remember glamping with Aunt Mo and Uncle Larry in their RV when they visited me when I was living in Virginia in my early 20s. We had so much fun visiting Monticello, the Shenandoah Mountains, and Downtown Charlottesville. I also remember the time on a cold, November/December day taking a day trip with Uncle John and Aunt Donna to a small town either in Maryland or West Virginia window shopping and roasting chestnuts on an open fire in the downtown area. I’m so thankful he attended my wedding as well as my sister’s years later. Uncle Larry loved his family immensely! I will miss him with all my heart!

Kenny Sandor - Fishing & Diving buddy

August 7, 2022, 12:28 pm

Maureen – So sorry to hear about Larry. We have so many great memories from our friendship over the years. Fishing and diving off Marathon, traveling up the Pacific Coast (watching for whales!); Glass Association Board meetings in Mount Dora, and so much more. Larry’s sense of humor and outlook on life always brightened our times together. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

Montie Labadie - Distant relative

August 7, 2022, 5:12 pm

Most sincere condolences on Larry’s passing. His smile and gregariousness will be missed.

James A Okasinskl - High and college friend

August 8, 2022, 8:59 pm

I i was is school both at Sacred Heart Seminary and at U of D . I have found memories of Larry from the seminary. He was just a nice and friendly guy who often times had a smile on his face. I am sure that he will be missed by a lot o family and friends . May he rest in peace

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