A Good Man
May 19, 2017
Written for Canadian Community News by Mike Sterling
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The lights are blinking out. Some of those that made life fun are now gone.
Larry LePage died on May 19, 2017 at the age of 79. First and foremost he was a good man. He was also a gifted metallurgical engineer and a lover of all things nautical. I got to know him when he became an avid volunteer on the Chantry Island restoration project.
He was a captain of the tour boat Peerless and served as a Board Member of the Marine Heritage Society. He was eventually chairman.
When the HMS General Hunter was discovered, he worked as a tireless volunteer. Larry was not just any volunteer, he was a key cog in the unraveling of the 'General Hunter Mystery' by Ken Cassavoy's team. Larry was the General Hunter photographer and chronicler extraordinaire.
Ken was the lead Marine Archaeologist on the General Hunter. He was assisted by many professionals and scores of good volunteers.
Larry was different. His work was vital in the discovery process. He recorded every detail of the 'dig'. His camera caught every coin and every military button. He even made composite photos that put it all together.
Being very good with his trusty computer, he organized and saved thousands of pictures that will live 'forever'.
The greatest testimony to this good man came from Ken Cassavoy. He said he had never been on a project any place in the world that was recorded in pictures with such fidelity and care.
Ken has done nautical 'Indiana Jones' work all over the world and this is high praise.
Larry and Mary Ellen LePage
Larry never got in the way, but always showed up twice a day to record discoveries both in situ and free.
I've been on a number of large engineering projects where the recording took last place and you can't imagine what a gift Larry left for Ken and posterity.
His camera light may be out, but his work lives as long as we are interested in where we were and where we hope to go.
LePage, Larry Michael passed away peacefully at the Southampton Hospital, on Friday May 19, 2017 in his 79th year. Beloved husband of Mary Ellen (nee Macaulay) for 53 years. Proud and loving father to Tim LePage and his wife Jennifer Wilkinson of Orillia and Sharon LePage and her husband Scott Brick of Edmonton. PaPa will be sadly missed by grandsons Jamie & Ryan. Survived by brother Peter (Barb) LePage, by sister-in-law Joyce LePage, by brother-in-law Robert (Pam) Macaulay, and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Predeceased by parents Harry & Marjorie, by siblings, George, Don (Shirl), David, Mary (David) Fraser, and Bette (Cliff) Madden.
gathering to Celebrate the life of Larry will be held at the Eagleson
Funeral Home, Southampton on Saturday May 27, 2017 from 1-3 p.m. If
desired, memorial donations may be made to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital
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