Gustave William Larson (1923 - 2017)

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LARSON, GUSTAVE WILLIAM, 94, died peacefully at his home on October 5, 2017. Born August 12, 1923 in Philadelphia to Swedish immigrant parents, Gustav Larson & Eva Fransson Larson(d.). Gus joined the Navy in 1942, serving during WWII in the South Pacific. After discharge he attended Upsala College, & during this time met his future bride, Jacqueline Daye Larson, a young graduate nurse. Sept 2, 1949 Jackie and Gus were married in Livermore Falls, ME, their loving union lasting 62 years until Jackie's passing in 2011. Gus completed his 1st year of law school at U. of Penn, later moving to Miami in 1951, where he finished his degree at U. of Miami, and the couple began raising their family. Gus practiced law in Miami over 40 yrs, earning a reputation as a fair & honest attorney. For 20 yrs he served Sweden as Honorary Vice Consul and Consul, and in thanks was twice knighted by the King of Sweden, receiving the Vasa Order in 1969 and the Nordstj„rne Order in 1979. At the end of his career and in retirement, Gus was legal counsel and board member of TIB, the Bank of the Keys. In his young years Gus loved boating, water skiing, family camping, and being Scoutmaster of Troop #363, with best buddy, Elmer Kundinger. Family summers were spent in New Smyrna Beach, where Jackie's parents, Stan & Camilla Daye(d.), resided. The couple loved socializing & playing golf at Miami Shores Country Club, and in retirement spent summers at Mountain Glen, near Grandfather Mtn. They loved traveling and visited many places in the US & Europe. At 89, Gus made his final trip to Sweden, visiting his parent's birthplace, Oskarstr”m, and reuniting with his extended family. A man of strong faith, Gus was a founding member of Bethel Lutheran; long time member of Christ Lutheran, where he taught Sunday School & served as Church president; and faithful member of Miami Shores Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder. Gus was truly blessed with a life well lived. So many neighbors, church members, golf buddies, and business contacts counted Gus as their friend. Fun loving and gregarious, he embraced every part of life, enjoying it to the fullest. The family wishes to thank Catholic Hospice for their wonderful support, as well as his caregivers, Maria Elena, Yvonne, Tanya, and Annie, who provided him with tender loving care until his passing. Gus is survived by his daughters, Linda Larson Comcowich (m. Michael), Diane Larson Loffredo (m. Stephen), Marianne Larson Cesarotti (m. Joseph); 9 grandchildren, Scott and Marc Comcowich, Rev. Daniel (m. Heather), Katherine, and Michael Loffredo (m. Charlotte), Carolyn, Anna, Janet, and Isabel Cesarotti; 3 great-grandchildren, Joshua, Rebecca, and Hannah Loffredo; his sister, Edna Larson Jones (m. Alan, d.); nephews Steven (m. Betty), Richard (m. Sonia), and Peter Jones; his sister-in-law, Susan Daye Phillips (m. Tom); Swedish cousins, Britt-Marie Fransson, Britta, Jarl, and Anne-Marie Larsson; and many extended family, friends, and loved ones. His memorial service will be held at 11:00am on October 16, at Miami Shores Presby Church, 602 NE 96th Street. Reception to follow at Mia Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd. Donations in his memory may be made online to Miami VA Healthcare System. Gegg L Mason Funeral Home Miami, Florida 305-757-9000
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Published in the Miami Herald on Oct. 13, 2017
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