Lawrence Peter "Larry" Hickey, 68, of Palatka, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on July 1, 2014, at his home. A native of Mount Vernon, N.Y., he resided in Palatka since 1954, coming from Jacksonville. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Larry worked over 35 years in various capacities with Winn Dixie and retired as dairy/frozen foods manager. He was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church, where he served as an usher and was a volunteer with the food pantry ministry. Larry was also past Grand Knight of Palatka Council #5758 Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree Color Corps Captain, Past Faithful Navigator of Father John J. Heerey Assembly #2760 as well as the Father Berot Assembly in St. Augustine. A "self-proclaimed" historian and history buff, Larry possessed a wealth of knowledge about the Civil War and World War II and loved to share and discuss with anyone who would listen. He was also an antique car enthusiast and enjoyed attending antique car shows. Larry may well be best remembered for the way he brightened the lives of many with his humor and jokes, which he always had an abundance of.
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He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary T. Hickey, his parents, Gerald and Placide Hickey and a brother, Greg Hickey.
Larry is survived by a sister, Marguerite Jensen and her husband Bob of Oldsmar and a cousin, Debbie Henning of Bradenton.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at St. Monica Catholic Church in Palatka with Father Amar Nagothu and Father Bob Napier officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Palatka. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
Flowers are gratefully accepted or memorial donations may be sent to The Humane Society of Northeast Florida, P.O. Box 188, Hollister, FL 32147.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Larry's Book of Memories Page at www.JohnsonOverturffunerals.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home
307 South Palm Avenue
Palatka, FL 32177
Published in St. Augustine Record on July 6, 2014