Laurence Patten "Larry" Smith
1949 - 2020
BORN
1949
DIED
2020
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Laurence Patten Smith, known to most as Larry, was born April 23, 1949 in Sigourney, Iowa and passed away on June 25, 2020 at Ava's House hospice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota following a 28-year battle with Parkinson's disease. Larry had most recently resided in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Larry grew up in Norwich, Connecticut and attended Norwich Free Academy and Southern Connecticut State University. He lived in Hamden, Connecticut and served 26 years in the Hamden Police Department, retiring at the rank of Captain in 1999. Four years prior to retirement, he resided in Durham, Connecticut where he served on the Board of Finance and several local committees. He subsequently relocated to Vermillion, South Dakota where he founded Mister Smith's Bakery Café, which gained national fame when it was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine. He served on the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission and spoke frequently at many Parkinson's support groups and events across the country. Although retired, Larry wasn't finished yet. After 19 years of living with Parkinson's disease, in his words he wanted to do ""something big"" before he was no longer able. Larry decided to ride a bike across South Dakota to raise awareness of the challenges of Parkinson's disease and the benefits of physical activity to those living with the disease. His journey was captured in the documentary film Ride With Larry (2013) and received many film festival awards. The film is currently available to view on Amazon Prime Video. Larry continued to cycle on a stationary recumbent bicycle until a week before his death.

Larry is survived by his wife of 47 years, Elizabeth (Betty) Smith, and children Sean (Leigh) Fischer of South Windsor, Connecticut; Caroline Smith (Ryan) Loyas of Rice Lake, Wisconsin; and Leland (Sarah) Smith of Brandywine, Maryland; brother Bruce (Linda) Smith; brother Robert (Jane, deceased) Smith; and five grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Bruce and Eleanor Smith of Norwich, Connecticut; sister Lynn Smith (David) Nickolenko; and brother Gary (Kathy) Seabrook.

Larry's family would like to thank the kind and caring staff at the Sanford Vermillion Care Center where he resided for ten months before his death. They are also very grateful to Ava's House hospice staff who helped him to live the last week of his life peacefully and without pain. Last but not least, they would like to thank everyone who supported Larry with love, laughter, lunch, and a glass of wine over the years.

Details regarding an online-only memorial service will be posted on the Ride With Larry page on Facebook. In lieu of flowers, donations to Recycle 605, a Vermillion-based non-profit organization that provides bicycles to children in need, will be gratefully accepted at https://recycle605.org for a planned memorial park in Larry's honor
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What a wonder man and story.
You are missed Larry.
Phyllis Ruana
Acquaintance
February 3, 2021
His story is truly touching and incredibly inspiring. Thank you, Rest In Peace
Janelle Howell
January 30, 2021
I only came across your video today
What a inspiration you are ! May you RIP gentle man & soul
December 4, 2020
Thanks Larry for all that you do raising awareness of Parkinson Disease. Your history was inspiring
Yolanda Rivera
Friend
December 3, 2020
What an inspirational gentleman you we're Larry. Your legacy will love on and on. My heart breaks for your family. I've followed you on Facebook and watched your inspectional movie ride with Larry you gave me an understanding of Parkinsons, to read of your passing really hits to the core and I didn't know you! You helped people to understand raised money you were and always will be amazing.
Alana Rodger
Friend
August 3, 2020
My husband has Parkinson’s and we watched “Riding with Larry” today. My husband found it to be inspiring and exercised harder than usual today. I want to thank you for that and express my sincerest condolences to you. You are kind and genuine people. Sending you much love.
Karen Snitzer
July 28, 2020
Larry and I met at Southern Ct. State College/University.. We were college fraternity brothers and kept in touch after college while he worked at Hamden Police Department. Have not seen him since he moved West but have followed his adventures on Facebook. I most remember the trip we took to Cape Cod and the adventure of hitch hiking back after his car broke down. Walking over a bridge near New Bedford and being escorted to the bus station on the other side after the police picked us up after we walked over the bridge that was clearly posted " No Pedestrians "
Rest in Peace... Kappa Delta Chi Brother "
RICHARD GRECO
Friend
July 1, 2020
Larry was an inspiration to so many. May he rest in peace.
Randy & Jane Uhl
Friend
July 1, 2020
It has been a great adventure to follow Larry from the start.
Luc Bureau
Significant_other
July 1, 2020
Larry, the void you leave us with is great but the impact you had on the lives of so many is greater. Thank you for the joy you brought into my life. Thank you for the gentle, unassuming way you showed us what a human being can be.
P.-M. (Paul-Matthieu) Coste
Friend
June 30, 2020
Thank you Larry for allowing yourself to be filmed while smoking cannabis to relieve your Parkinsons tremors. It was a very powerful video that opened many eyes to the power of that plant. My condolences to your friends and family who must miss you a lot
Helen
Acquaintance
June 30, 2020
What a great man, will be missed!
Douglas/Sharon Loyas
June 29, 2020
I did not know Larry but that did not prevent him from becoming an inspiration in my personal battle with Parkinson's. I would have never tried to ride a trike or fight this hard to live if were not for Larry's example of courage.
Michael Shon
June 29, 2020
Condolences from Japan. God bless Larry❤
Michelle Imagawa
June 29, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Jessie Roox
Significant_other
June 29, 2020
Rest in perfect peace Larry.
Robert Ennis
Acquaintance
June 29, 2020
Our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
He was an inspiration to us all; PD patients and their partners.
His videos on the use of medicinal marijuana convinced us to try it... with resounding results.
Thanks Larry. Rest in peace.
Judy & Michel Gosselin
June 29, 2020
Betty, so sorry to hear about Larry. Weve been friends and coworkers for a long time. My prayers are with you and your family.
Peter Murray
Friend
June 29, 2020
Thinking of you all at this time sending love and prayers from Australia NSW
Hope
June 29, 2020
Inspirational and such a strong spirit.
Mayree Lowman
June 28, 2020
We miss you!
Mike Feimer
June 28, 2020
Condolences to the famil., Larry was an such an inspiration and was always so friendly when you saw him. Gone too soon, but will not be forgotten. Ride on Larry.
Dawn Jensen
June 28, 2020
Thank you Larry! I will always Live you and your courage. Smile for me Larry, handsome man. God be with your family...
Roberto Lozano
Friend
June 28, 2020
A very special friend from a special place. You inspired many.
Leo Anthony Bakeberg, Jr.
Friend
June 28, 2020
Condolences to the family. A true inspiration. Love and prayers being sent from Illinois
Marianne Tellor
June 28, 2020
I am looking at a challenging future. I take heart, and inspiration from Larry's example of how to handle such a challenge. Larry, you made a difference in this world.
Michael Hampton
Acquaintance
June 28, 2020
My deepest condolences. Love, from Portugal.
Ana Oliveira
June 28, 2020
As a person that has been living with Parkinson's I felt a connection to him fighting parkinson's is not easy some days are harder than others but Larry kept on pushing and that inspired me I am sad today, but that's what warriors do "We fight" for others to gain strength from. RIP MR Smith
JohnDamian Rodriguez
Acquaintance
June 28, 2020
He did so much good with the time he had here. A brilliant and inspiring person.
Iain Smart
Friend
June 28, 2020
My condolences to you and your family. I wish you comfort and peace at this time.
Beth Deffenbaugh
June 28, 2020
An inspiration. Truly. My sincere condolences to his family and friends who were so loving and supportive. He touched so many of us :)
Shelley Parker
June 28, 2020
Larry remains a tremendous inspiration. May you take comfort during this dificult time in knowing his story moved so many of us.
Adam Roberto
June 27, 2020
Larry's spirit and humor brought light into every room he was in. I am so grateful to have had him in the family for almost 50 years. His spirit will always be with us and I know we will share many "WWL"" (what would Larry say) moments in the future, think of him whenever I see a good (or bad) pun, and dedicate good meals and wine to him. Thank you, Larry.
Sara Theiss
Family
June 27, 2020
Thank you Larry for inspiring so many people to keep moving and to not give up. What an incredible journey.
Lori and Dave Parker
June 27, 2020
Through the Ride With Larry documentary, is how I know of him, his family, friends and many supporters. His legacy and perseverance will live in my memory and heart. Never to be forgotten.
Heather Schul
June 27, 2020
A beautiful spirit who faced his challenges bravely and with such integrity. Left a beautiful family who supported him beyond measure. Very sad news, sincere condolences to those he left behind. May his legacy live on.
Valerie Nemeth
Friend
June 27, 2020
My condolences to Larrys family and friends. I had a family member pass from PD. It was heartbreaking. I am so sorry for your loss.
Rebecca Ross
June 27, 2020
Larry was an inspiration and its so sad to see his passing. From Duluth MInnesota to Thunderbay Ontario our dear friend had Parkinsons and she passed away last year as well. Its such a terrible disease and to see such a will to go on and fight always made me smile. RIP dear Larry, you made a difference in this world.
Laurie Linder
Acquaintance
June 27, 2020
Thinking of you with sincere sympathy....From the Smith family in North English.
Bonnie Miller
Family
June 27, 2020
Truly an inspiring man. He knew how to live his life regardless of the curves thrown his way. His willingness to share his life and struggles with others is a true testament to the greatness of his heart. I know his family must be devastated while, at the same time, being so very proud of the fine man that he was.
Barbara Payme
Acquaintance
June 27, 2020
Deepest condolences to Larrys loved ones. Larry was such an inspiration to me and my family (my dad and stepdad both have Parkinsons). He did so much for the Parkinsons cause and Im forever grateful. Rest In Peace, amazing man ❤
Michelle Stevenson
Acquaintance
June 27, 2020
Larry was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. His perseverance over Parkinsons and accomplishments were remarkable and continue to be inspirational. Ill miss you, Uncle Larry.
Brian Nickolenko
Family
June 27, 2020
Condolences
Johnny Lugod
June 27, 2020
I been following Larry for some years, he was an inspiration, also referred his videos to people who could benefit from his life's sharing. I was so sad of his passing. Prayers your way,
Jo gagne
June 27, 2020
My deepest condolences. Thank you Larry for sharing your life with us.
Suzanne Stuban
Friend
June 27, 2020
Larry was an inspiration for so many, and he reminded me of my own dad. Yall find each other and take a ride together!
Julie Mulvanny
June 27, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
David Fellows
Acquaintance
June 27, 2020
Thank you for taking me on your incredible journey. Rest easy, you're free now.
Joei Burnette
Friend
June 27, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Sarah Mayell
June 27, 2020
Rest in peace Larry, sending love and hugs to your family and friends.
Nikolina
June 27, 2020
Rest in Love
June 27, 2020
Thank you Larry, for being an inspiration for so many. Youre a beautiful soul, and your strength and resilience was admirable. Rest in Love ❤
Carlin N
June 27, 2020
May the memories continue and bring joy and peace
Carrol Sanders
June 27, 2020
Rest in Peace.
Karen Wilson
June 27, 2020
You made a difference in peoples lives.
Chris Powell
June 27, 2020
I learned of Larrys story while I was a freshman at Boston University in 2016. I was doing a research project on the impacts and potential treatments for Parkinsons disease and cited Larrys documentary. He truly showed how a positive spirit and a determined mind can be the best cures in life. He put up a fight against Parkinsons, and in my eyes, he won. He inspired and educated so many people and we are so thankful. Sending all my love from Boston. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Olivia Kane
Student
June 27, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Jenni ericson
June 27, 2020
Larry was and will be an inspiration in my professional life as a Doctor. Never forget you
Bryan Nuñez
Significant_other
June 27, 2020
Inspired by this man all the way from Ireland, bless him & his family!
June 27, 2020
Thinking of you all at this most difficult time.
Joan Atzbach and family
Meg Atzbach Jenkins
Friend
June 27, 2020
Thanks Larry for sharing your life with us.You were a good example for the rest of us with Parkinson s
Kim Floyd
June 27, 2020
You inspired me so so much!! Fly high with the angels
DAWN williams
June 27, 2020
Dear Larry you will be an inspiration for ever. Sincere love to the family
Simona Bungaro
Friend
June 27, 2020
Sorry to see this.
I enjoyed the posts about his adventures and how he pressed on in his life.
My grandfather battled parkisons and my sister lost to her fight with ALS.
Larry will be remembered in our family.
Please post photos of his journey so Larry will continue to ride and raise awareness about not only the speedbump in life but the jounrney forward and continue to live and love life and family.
Thanks for allowing us to ride with larry.
Larry will ride forever.
Lord look over this family and give them the support and love that is needed.

Mark Burton
June 27, 2020
I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the extended Smith family at this very sad time. I did not know Larry personally but my mother was diagnosed with parkinsons disease 4 years ago and the video of Larry taking cannabis oil gave me such hope in those early days. He seems to have been a wonderfully driven man and he will be remembered fondly by all.
John Gerard Boyle
June 27, 2020
Sending all our thoughts to Larry family and friends at this time! We appreciate the awareness and knowledge he has given to people all over the world via social media regarding parkinsons. RIP Larry! From Newbridge in South Wales in UK!
Janice Johnson
June 27, 2020
My condolences to Larry's family. May you rest in peace Captain, your brave fight is over. You set a example that we may strive to follow.
Matthew Erff
Coworker
June 27, 2020
What a great inspiration to all.
Glennon Fults
Friend
June 27, 2020
We watched the documentary and were totally inspired by him, thank you for sharing his life and determination with the world, a true inspiration ❤
Cristin Cambio
June 27, 2020
My dearest regards to the family.
Kristy Goodloe
Friend
June 27, 2020
Although we never met, you made a big difference in my life. Rest in peace and carry on with your mission. Condolences to his family and friends.
Dave Z
June 27, 2020
Such an inspirational man who touched the hearts of so many across the world including mine,ride in peace,thoughts are with your family and everyone whos lives you touched
Pauline Murphy
June 27, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Smith Family. Godspeed, Larry....ride like the wind, free from pain!
Kay Kenngott
Acquaintance
June 27, 2020
Kerenza Hazen
June 27, 2020
His kindness, generosity and love of life flowed constantly outward. Leavened with a sense of humor, a beautiful smile and an unbounded ability to supply puns for every occasion, Larry's reason and humanity inspired me to be better.
He turned his adversity into new strengths for all he met. Thanks Larry.
Louie Theiss
Family
June 27, 2020
On Larry's good days, it always stuck out to me how this man tried to live life to the fullest despite the hand he was dealt. Being able to have a full conversation with him was a delight and I never realised how much I enjoyed it until the good days became farther and further between. On his not-so-good days, Larry would still do his best to greet you even if he physically couldn't, always surrounded by family and friends,(looking at you Mojo) and doing his damndest to enjoy life.

Larry has inspired a lot of people, but he wasn't just an inspiration. He was a father, husband, uncle, friend, and I hope those who survive him find some solace that many people loved and respected Larry. The world is just a bit darker today without Larry, rest in peace.
Jason Donald
Acquaintance
June 27, 2020
Dear Betty and Family, My thoughts have been with you this past week. The love between you and Larry is an inspiration. His was a life well lived, and his legacy lives on through you and your children. I wish had known him.
Pamela Cole
Friend
June 27, 2020
Larry was just a lovely lovely man who made a big impression on us with his first and subsequent visits. We always had good conversations, he had a wonderful dry humour good taste in music and never talked mean of anyone.There is probably lots I don't know about Larry to me he was one of the "good guys ".
Simon Pocock
Friend
June 27, 2020
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers
Mary Ann
Friend
June 27, 2020
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