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Lawrence "Larry" Benintend

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Benintend Lawrence "Larry" Benintend, died as the result of a tragic car accident on May 24, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio at the age of 48. Larry is survived by his parents, Lawrence and Elaine Benintend; his sister, Melissa Gordon (David) and their children, Alexis, Rachel and Tyler. Larry is also survived by his wife of 11 years, Christine; her parents, John and Betty Gritzer; and her sister, Catherine Canady (Darrell) and their children, Carolyn and Victoria. Larry was born in Pittsburgh, PA on June 27, 1968. He graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School in 1986 and the University of Florida in 1993 with a degree in Environmental Engineering. He worked at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for many years. He married his best friend, Christine on July 1, 2006 and was a devoted and loving husband. Larry was an extremely kind and positive person who touched the lives of many people, especially those at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank where he volunteered every week. He loved his four nieces and one nephew dearly and he was an active part of their lives. Family and friends were always his first priority and for someone who didn't care much for animals, he sure adored his and Chris' kitties! A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church, 720 Hamlet Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. A Celebration of Life Gathering will follow at Topline Ballroom Dance & Events located at 402 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085 between 1-5 p.m. All are welcome to attend to celebrate Larry's life, please come with photos and stories to share. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank (www.midohiofoodbank.org/benintend), the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (givetochildrens.org/larrybenintend) or the Lupus Foundation of America (support.lupus.org/goto/larrybenintend). Arrangements are entrusted to DAY SERVICE. Online condolences may be expressed at www.dayfuneralservice.com


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on June 1, 2017
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