Baqi Ali Diaab
Pitts Funeral Home of Erie - Erie
2926 Pine Ave
Erie, PA
Baqi Ali Diaab, aka Larry W. Hitt, passed away Tuesday morning, May 18, 2010 at Hamot Medical Center. He was born December 26, 1945 in St. Clair County, Alabama, son of the late Willie "Wince" and Christine Baker Hitt. He moved to Erie from the Birmingham, Ala. area as a child and graduated from Academy High School where he was an all-star basketball player and athlete. He gave up his dreams of playing professional basketball and joined the armed services so that he could support his family. He was later employed as a Counselor at Harbor Creek Home for Boys. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War where he received a Purple Heart Medal, Golden Presidential Medal and Award, and many Army Accommodation Medals, Achievement Medals, Good Conduct Medals, and other Army Recommendation Certificates and Weapons Qualifications. He was also an Expert Grenade Launcher, Expert Sharp Shooter and Airborne Pilot for the 4th Brigade Division. To sum it up, he was a "Super Trooper and Hero". His family was his life and he took pride in it. Baqi enjoyed the game of basketball and chess which he taught his children at a young age. He was a Master at Tai Chi and loved physical fitness, running marathons, reading and increasing his knowledge in all areas. Although he spent 25 years incarcerated, Baqi was never ashamed of his life. He believed in holding yourself accountable for all your actions. During his time of incarceration he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. He also never stopped loving his family and he continued to motivate and encourage them to never give up. His favorite saying was "Keep It Moving". That is how he was able to overcome his life's challenges and obstacles. Baqi was given the title "Hero" in Vietnam and he will always be a Hero to his family. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He leaves to cherish his memory one son, Dr. Stacey J. Hitt, Ph.D. (Pam), four daughters, Tara Carter (Mike), Patricia Tate, Nicky Diaab, and Atiyyah Diaab; a sister, Bonnie Tyus; estranged wife, Mary Woodard; his dear friend, Shawna Burns; 15 grandchildren; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, May 27, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Law Funeral Home, 2926 Pine Ave. and may attend a funeral service there on Friday, May 28, 11 a.m., conducted by Rev. Dr. Allen B. Green. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Although you are no longer here in flesh, your love will live forever. Your family loves you dearly and we will miss you Daddy. We Salute You!!!!

Published by Erie Times-News on May 26, 2010.
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May God bless & comfort Larry's family on the event of his passing.
Charles Coleman
May 28, 2010
My prayers (healing and peace) to you and your family. We have a site on Facebook: Academy High School Class of 1964, it might be neat for you to read about the our dad's peers. We also have a supper group on the 3rd Thursday which you are welcome to come. Barb Brozell Guelcher (Fairview, PA)
Barbara Brozell/Guelcher
May 27, 2010
My deepest sympathies to Larry's family. Your Dad lives on in your hearts now. Carol Winschel Swantek
Carol Swantek
May 27, 2010
Sincere sympathy is extended to all of Larry's family. Carol Simonetti Hamilton, Lawrenceville, GA, Academy High School 1964
Carol Hamilton
May 26, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Mary Stokes
May 26, 2010
Stacey, my prayers are with you and your family. Your parents raised you kids right and I will never forget out times at St John Kanty Prep and Cathedral Prep. Look me up, I just moved to Florida since I just retired after 23 years in the Army.
Kevin Ferrick
Kevin Ferrick
May 26, 2010
After reading the obituary I realised what a warrior that man was, not only in Viet Nam, but also in life.I remember him at school and he always excelled. I am proud to say I once knew him . Harry J Mulder, Academy High class of 64
Harry J. Mulder
May 26, 2010
My sincere condolences to Larry's Family. Larry was always a "Good Sport" as well as a terrific sportsman. We graduated together from Academy HS in 1964. May all your memories help ease the sorrow at this difficult time.
Carole Blakeslee
May 26, 2010
As a classmate of Larry's at Academy, I had the benefit of being in Larry's world. And he did own it. He was tall, soft spoken, handsome, and a gifted athlete. What else could a 17 year old want? I moved away after high school so never saw Larry again. But I'm not surprised that he remained self confident and was well loved. Erie is a lesser place without him.
Duke Diehl
May 26, 2010
Duke Diehl
May 26, 2010
I and the Academy High School class of 1964 extend our deepest sympathy to Larry's family on his passing. Larry was a tremendous athlete at Academy, particularly in basketball, and has left us with many great memories. I will never forget the great teams that he played on with Bob Thomas, Walt Crosby, Freddy Williams, Erwin Reid, Ev Williams, Dave Stingl and others, and all those thrilling nights at the Gannon Auditorium watching him and his teammates play. His obituary in the Erie Times was heartwarming and wonderful, as nice an obituary as I've ever seen written. God bless Larry and all of you. Although he is no longer with us, he will always be a part of us, and will live on in our hearts and memories.


Chuck Pora, Academy 1964
Chuck Pora
May 26, 2010
Stacy and Family,

You have my deepest symapthy on the passing of your father. May God bless and comfort you.
Johnny Johnson
May 26, 2010
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