Larry Pope

A photo of Larry Pope

On Wednesday September 28, 2022 Larry Pope, loving husband, father and grandfather passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, age of 84.

Larry was born November 8, 1937 in Bothwell Ontario to the late William and Rhoda Pope. Larry worked in carpentry with his grandfather in his younger years. On July 11, 1959, he married his high school sweetheart Laura Allen. They moved to Erieau where Larry worked at the Southwest Regional Center before starting his own business in Cedar Springs – Larry and Laura’s Gas station & Restaurant. After years of running his own business Larry returned to carpentry. Together they raised two daughters, Cindy and Jennifer.

Larry had a passion for hunting and fishing, and he combined his two favourite hobbies to create an extraordinary place for friends and families to gather for years to come – The Ponderosa. Larry was known as “the Pope” and was a life member of the Rondeau Rod and Gun Club, and a member of the Blenheim Legion. He and his buddies spent many great times at the hunt camp and times away moose hunting. He was an avid Blue Jay’s fan and watched the games with Laura, never missing a game right up to the end. He was known for his quick wit, sense of humor and big heart despite his rough exterior.

Larry was predeceased by his parents William and Rhoda Pope, and brother Bill Pope III. Survived by his wife of 63 years Laura, daughters Cindy (Bert) Stothart, and Jennifer (Jeff) Parney. Siblings Darelene (Jack) Robertson, Ron (Shelly) Pope, Kim (Rick) Seguin. Grandchildren Brandi, Jessie (Sam), Brett (Jenn), Claire and Hilary. Great grandchildren Michael (Carrie), Keegan, Skylar and Morgan. Great – great grandchildren Samuel, Hailey and Harrison.

Visitation will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Sunday October 2, 2022 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday October 3, 2022 at 11am, with an interment at Evergreen Cemetery, followed by a light luncheon at the Blenheim Baptist Church.

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My heart was sad to read of the passing of Larry. Prayers go out to you and may all the wonderful memories help you through this difficult time. Barb Barron

Laura & family So sorry to hear of Popies passing. Hold tight to your fond memories. Keep him close to yourheart RIP Larry!!!

Dear Jen,Jeff,Claire&Hilary: very sorry for the passing of your wonderful father and grandfather. Thinking of you at this difficult time All my love Anne Pinsonneault

Dear Laura and family, we are so sorry we couldn’t attend the funeral. Larry was a great friend and neighbour when at the Ponderosa. He loved all of you and was always thrilled to share what you were up to when we visited. He spoiled us over the years sharing the amazing fruit and vegetables from your bountiful garden and area. We loved his teasing sense of humour and will miss his presence when we visit the Ponderosa guys. It was so nice to see him on his last visit. Take care of each other and hold on to your memories, love always Kyle and Cathy McLay💕

My sincere condolences to Laura, Cindy and the Pope family and friends on Larry's passing. RIP Popey!

Laura and fam. My deepest condolences

my condolences to you Jennifer and Cindy and your family.

So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are prayers are with you all. Carol and Jim Devine.

My deepest condolences to you and your family Laura . My time spent at the corner was a large part of growing up . Larry was a big part of that and then later as neighbors. Sorry for your loss .

My deepest condolences to you and your family Laura . My time spent at the corner was a large part of growing up . Larry was a big part of that and then later as neighbors. Sorry for your loss .

Dear Laura, Cindy, Jennifer and families, Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs to all of you. I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Sandra Vidler

Deepest sympathy from Cindy, Aaron and Eric Solski.

Laura and family, we are so very saddened to hear of Larry’s passing. We have many fond memories of him, from my days working at your restaurant, to the good old Ponderosa visits. He always had a kind word to say and a funny story to tell!!! He will be missed by all!!! Big hugs to everyone.💗🙏 RIP Popey! 💕

Laura, Cindy, Jennifer. So sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He will be so missed by your and your families. He always had a smile. He has left a legacy.

Laura and Cindy and Jen and families Tony and I will have many fond memories of Larry at the rod and gun club. Not to mention the house at cedar springs. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The happy times will be there for you all to fall back on. Jane and Tony

Laura, Cindy, Jennifer & families - Please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of Larry, our thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this very difficult time. May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days to come. Death is not the end, it is only the passing on from time into eternity for the children of God. Death is nor extinguishing the light, it is putting our the lamp because dawn has come.

Our deepest sympathy to all of you at this difficult time. Many fond memories at birthday parties and get togethers at Jeff and Jens's. Jen, your Dad was always fun to talk to and you could always tell how much he loved your Mom! Our thoughts and prayers to all! Love you!

Laura and girls we were sorry to hear of Larry's passing he was always a great guy to everyone and will be missed.....

To the family of Larry Pope we sent are deepest condolences our prayers and thoughts are with you all May your memories give you comfort 🙏

My condolences on the loss of a great person. Will pass it in to my brothers of his passing

Sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers to the families

So very sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. He was a wonderful man…..what a legacy he created. Thinking of you.

Laura and Family... We will always remember our encounters with Larry, Every meeting was a smile, a joke and a welcomed laugh. Larry has left his mark in this world. RIP Larry !!

So sorry to hear that Larry has passed away. My deepest condolences to Laura, and the family. I can’t help remembering Larry laughing and joking around… He was so much fun to be around and chat with. I know how much he is going to be missed first hand by Brett and Jennifer… I hope the happy fun loving memories of him help soften his loss for you all. RIP Larry you were one of a kind, and without a doubt one of the good ol’boys!! Happy Hunting Popey….

We are very sorry to hear about Larry. He was a fun man but always was thinking of others and any way he could help. what a great man he will be missed.

Sincere sympathy Laura to and your family.

Sorry to hear of Larry’s passing .He was a great man And a great uncle

We send our Deepest condolence to the Pope family with this tragic loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

Soooooo very sorry to hear of your tragic loss

So sorry for your loss.

Laura, Cindy, Jen and families-Our Sympathy to you at this time of Larry"s passing. His smile and quiet composure will be missed. Take comfort in memories and knowing he was so proud of his family, evident in his smile when watching or speaking of them. Sorry for your loss.

So sorry for your loss. He shared his great smile and made people around him smile too. He will be missed

Laura, Cindy, Jen and family, Thinking of you all. May loving memories bring you peace, comfort and strength.

Our sympathy to your family at this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jen and family we are so very sorry for your loss. Let fond memories help you through this sad time. Kaye & Fred

Rest in Peace, my friend

Laura and family, so sorry to hear of Larry's passing, an exceptional man who has left me many great memories, my thoughts and prayers. RIP Popey

Thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time . Larry & Laura were an integral part of many Cedar Springs kids lives - thank you for our warm, beautiful memories . May the family find comfort in these memories and fond stories during this difficult time . Thinking of you all ❤️

So sorry for your loss Laura and family. My condolences to yous all🫂❤️

Laura, Cindy and Jennifer; I am very sorry for your great loss. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with all of Larry's family at this time. May your memories bring you comfort in the coming days.

I'm so sorry for your loss. Mr. Pope was a great man, and I've so many fond memories of spending time with you guys over the summers. I've thought about him often over the years. May he rest in Peace. xxoo

I am so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. My deepest condolences to you all.

Laura and family. So sorry to hear of Larry's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and Prayers are with everyone.

Cindy, Bert and the Pope family. I met Pope at the gun club, also spent some great times at the ponderosa with him. He was a great guy and full of laughs. Sorry for your loss, May he rest in Peace.

As my first boss, Larry set the bar for expectations coming next to none, kind and patient. He had a way about him, that's what I respected, the most. He was always joking. I learned amazing work ethic from him at a young age, that I have carried through to all my proffessions May he return to peace , hunting /fishing forever the prize! I sent you blessings Laura, you and yours. Peace be with all..

Larry was an awesome man he will be missed

Dear Darlene and Jack Sending sympathy to you and yours on the loss of Larry. Treasure all your fun memories.

So sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers to help you thru this difficult time.. Linda and John

Laura and family So sorry for your loss, our deepest condolences. I always enjoyed talking to Larry and even had the pleasure of having him aboard fishing on a few occasions. He will be missed.

My sincere condolences for your loss.

Laura, Cindy, Jennifer & families, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.

Our deepest condolences to the Pope family. My dad shared many memories of Larry and their adventures.

Dear Laura and your family. I’m so sorry for your great loss. Larry was a good man and he will be so missed. My sincere condolences. Gail

Laura and girls I am sovery sorry to hear of Larry's passing. My thoughts are with everyone.

Laura and sincerest condolences to you. Met Pope at the "Ponderosa " in 1978. He was one of a kind and became a great friend. He always made us feel welcome when we went to visit. Rest in peace my friend.

From all of my Family sincerest condolences in the loss of a Father ,Husband ,and Friend .

Dear Laura Jenn and Kim Deepest condolences to you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time Helen Cunningham Ouellette

Laura, Cindy, and Jenn. I am so sorry for your loss. Larry was one of a kind. I remember the kindness you both showed me when Peter died. You gave me a job that I truly enjoyed. Had a great time working at Pope's. Made lots of good memories while I was there. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will be missed. Kathy

My deepest condolences for your loss. Keeping everyone in my prayers.

We are so sorry to hear the passing of Larry.Our thoughts and prayers are with yous.

Laura, Cindy, Jennifer and families, My deepest condolences on Larry's passing. Popie was an integral part of my of my teen years, instilling a good work ethic and teaching me many different things. He was always a happy go-lucky guy with a great sense of humour (except apparently when he was golfing and losing)! He will be greatly missed by all.

Jennifer, Jeff, Claire & Hilary, Sorry for the loss of your father, father-in-law and grandfather. Loosing a parent is difficult. Remember the good times and all the laughs you had as a family. Hope everyone if safe and healthy. Love Lynda

So So sorry to hear this l remember him way back to childhood . A Great guy . Condolances to all who loved him . Special love sent to Brett and Jenn Stothard .