Roy W. Larson NiskayunaRoy W. Larson died on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the age of 91 after a long life well-lived. Born in Buffalo, NY, he was the son of Helen and Oscar Larson. After graduating high school, he became a tool and die maker at Bell Aircraft. The day following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Navy to become a fighter pilot. Roy proudly served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during the Philippine Liberation flying missions from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lunga Point. He was honorably discharged from military service in 1943, having earned a Purple Heart. Roy received his teaching degree from Buffalo State, and went on to earn his master's degrees from Oswego and Albany State Universities. His teaching career began at Nott Terrace High School as an industrial arts teacher as well as an assistant football coach. At Linton High School, he was an assistant principal, principal of the Vocational Center and director for Adult Education. Roy is survived by his wife, Judith Calvelli; his daughters, Barbara (Terry) Jones and Linda (David) York; his grandchildren; Lauren (Marvin) Kitchens, Nikki (Jeff) Denney, Marcus York and Matthew Jones. He is also survived by his six great-grandchildren; loving family in Buffalo; as well as his wife's family and dear friends. A celebration of Roy's life will be held at New Comer Cannon Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Rd. on Saturday, March 29th at 12 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 10 to 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Roy's name to the American
, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601. To leave a special message for the family online and view a more detailed biography of Roy's life, please visit www.NewcomerAlbany.com.
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343 New Karner Rd Albany, NY 12205
Published in The Daily Gazette Co. from Mar. 19 to Mar. 23, 2014