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December 11, 2018

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December 6, 2018
We are so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. We have fond memories of our families on Reservoir Road. Please accept our heart-felt condolence.
December 3, 2018
I am so sad and sorry to hear about Larry's passing. He was a fellow Corkscrew volunteer whom I discovered was also a fellow Connecticut resident. He will be missed by all our Corkscrew volunteers who valued his dedication to our beautiful swamp and his wonderful and kind ways. Condolences to Cynthia and the family. He will be missed.
December 2, 2018
I met Larry at the old New Haven Register when I worked there back in the late 60's early 70's. He was a fine man, dedicated and always bustling about the newsroom. My sincere condolences to his family.

Joe Hurley
December 2, 2018
I know it's impossible in a short death notice to convey a full appreciation of Clarence Freeman French. With a bit more space, let me try.
First of all, he was a polio survivor (in his pre-teen years, when polio was greatly feared) who enjoyed a marvelous recovery and went on to serve in the U.S. Army occupation forces in Japan, to earn a journalism degree and to survive the rigorous hours of an editor who was also a volunteer firefighter.
In addition, he was one of Connecticut's most vocal fans of the Red Sox and especially of Ted Williams. Ted visited Larry in the hospital shortly before his discharge from polio treatment. It was one of probably thousands of times Ted visited ailing kids -- never with any publicity, at Ted's insistence -- but Larry always treasured those few minutes.
If memory serves, Larry started his news career at the weekly Shore Line Times in Guilford, Conn, and joined the New Haven Register, then an afternoon paper circulating about 100,000, in 1959. He soon became the assistant suburban editor who opened the copy desk at 6:15 a.m., continuing in that role as he moved to Killingworth and took on growing family and community responsibilities.
Sale of the Register to an international corporation led management to give him varying roles and titles -- I think state editor was one -- but he remained a mainstay of the newsroom, a walking memory bank of local lore. One of his last jobs was writing feature stories about people whom readers would see almost daily -- maybe in the drugstore or at the window in the post office -- but never got to know. Larry gave people a greater feeling for their communities.
Level-headed, reliable editor.