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Obituary: Lawrence A. Day

Lawrence (Larry) A. Day, a 52-year resident of Manhasset, died peacefully at the age of 87 on April 4, 2012, at The Tuttle Center at The Amsterdam at Harborside, Port Washington, NY. For 57 years, he was the loving husband of the late Elizabeth Carlo Day, who died in 2010; and the devoted father of their three children: Dana Day of Houston, TX, and John and Kim Day both of Mineola, NY. Son of Loran A. Day Sr. and Selma Jaeger, Larry is also survived by his sister-in-law Midge Day of Davenport, IA, sister - and brother-in-law Mary and Les Bjork of New Bern, NC, as well as seven loving nieces and nephews. Larry was predeceased by his twin brother, Loran A. Day Jr., sister Rose Mettler, and brother-in-law, Richard Mettler.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Larry (aka “Fats”) graduated from Mason City High School (IA) in 1943. In his senior year, he played on the Mohawks basketball, football and baseball teams that compiled a streak of 58 football, basketball and baseball games without a defeat. After serving in the Seabees during World War II, Larry attended Northwestern University where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, elected captain of the baseball team and where he and his twin brother “Pee Wee” played on the 1948 Wildcat team that won the 1949 Rose Bowl. Larry began his professional career in accounting with Standard Oil in Chicago, IL. He joined Pepsi-Cola in Chicago before being transferred in 1960 to their New York headquarters. Larry held a variety of sales, management and marketing positions with Pepsi-Cola until he retired in 1990.

Larry was a member of the Congregational Church of Manhasset and after retirement was an active member of the Great Books Club at the Manhasset Public Library. Larry enjoyed writing poems for friends’ and family’s birthdays, anniversaries and the annual Christmas poem that was sent to family and friends. He was recognized by many as the guy who took walks every weekday through town, rain or shine, summer and winter. He tended his own lawn until he was 80 years old; and when his children were young it was the only yard for blocks on which neighborhood kids were allowed to play. He was a voracious reader, enjoyed travel (he visited all 50 States) and instilled his thirst for knowledge into his children. Larry was a kind, humble, smart, generous man with a great sense of humor. He enriched the lives of others with his warm and caring attitude and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

In keeping with Larry’s wishes, no service will be held. Private internment of Larry and his wife, Elizabeth will be made at a later date at the Christ Church Cemetery in Manhasset.