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Portland resident Lawrence Joseph Darmody, age 64, died suddenly on Sunday, December 9, 2012.
Born on February 28, 1948 in Washington, D.C., Larry was the second of seven boys born to Philip Anthony Darmody and Ruth Elizabeth (Schorr) Darmody. The family soon moved to Silver Spring, MD where Larry attended St. Bernadettes and Good Counsel High School. After graduating, he went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Maryland in College Park.
Larry spent a few years living in Newport Beach, CA, and Seattle, WA before eventually settling in Portland, OR. There he worked in the construction trade, where he was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 156 for 33 years, and was employed by Walsh Construction Co. for over 15 years.
Larry loved to travel, and often took off for months at a time to explore exotic locations. One of his favorite pastimes was fishing, and another was visiting Las Vegas. He was also a voracious reader, and could intelligently discuss an amazing range of topics. He was well read, well traveled, and well loved.
Larry was predeceased by his younger brother, David Kevin, and by his parents. He is survived by his brothers Thomas (Jan), Robert (Susan), Peter, James (Jacquie), and Brian (Nancy). As the favorite Uncle, he will be greatly missed by his nieces and nephews Kevin, Melissa, Allison, Neal, Andrew, Patrick, Christopher, Laura, Rachel, Claire and Charlotte.
Pursuant to Larry's wishes, there will be no funeral. His remains will be cremated and the ashes scattered by his brothers. Once a citizen of the world, he is now a citizen of the universe. Those wishing to honor Larry's memory are encouraged to perform a random act of kindness or to give a flower to someone you care about.

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 21, 2012
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