PIURKO, Larry Paul

(Retired in 1997, an Art and History teacher for the Durham Board of Education, 25 year volunteer at Oshawa General Hospital.  Devoted member of First Baptist Church.)


Gone to be with his Lord and Saviour at Lakeridge Health Oshawa on Wednesday March 14th, 2018 with family by his side, Larry at the age of 79.  Beloved husband of Linda (née Audley) for 49 years.  Devoted father to Jennifer Mary MacGregor (John) and Jonathan Paul Piurko (Tara).  Cherished Grampa of Linnea, Jaylen, Aidan and Paige.  Brother-in-law of Carol Bircham, Paul and Nancy Audley.  Relatives and friends will be received at McINTOSH-ANDERSON-KELLAM FUNERAL HOME LTD., 152 King St. E., Oshawa (905-433-5558) on Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM. A funeral service will be held on Sunday March 18th, 2018 at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church (812 Hortop Street, Oshawa).  Donations in memory of Larry to First Baptist Church or Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by his family. 


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  • Mar 16, 2018

    Bev Ewen
    Larry was a great teacher and en even better person. It was a pleasure being his colleague for the last few years at O'Neill. We still kept in touch through our monthly breakfasts that Larry loved so much. He will be missed every time we think of who is now sitting in his favourite spot in the restaurant. Rest in peace, Larry. You have earned it.
  • Mar 16, 2018

    Beverley Lamb
    Larry was a wonderful teacher and valued colleague. It was always a pleasure to encounter him in recent years at Lakeridge Health where he cheerfully assisted patients. My condolences to Linda and family. 
  • Mar 16, 2018

    Jennefer Gillard
    Dear Linda, Jennifer and Jon - We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this most difficult time. Larry was a friend, mentor and a very special person to all he met. We will hold you in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. 
    Jennefer and Jim Gillard
  • Mar 16, 2018

    CREW Network
    Tara, Jon & Family,
       Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.  There are never enough words to express sadness with the loss of a loved one. Hold tight to your memories and shared history as you keep his spirit with you in the weeks and months ahead.  Keep his spirit alive for your children with stories of his life.  
    Thoughts and prayers to the Piurko family from your CREW Network family.  
  • Mar 16, 2018

    Jim & Linda Nelson (nee Anderson)
    We are saddened to hear of Larry's passing. Jim enjoyed his time teaching with Larry at Harmony Heights school. Our sincere condolences to Linda and family. May the memories you made with him help you through this difficult time.
  • Mar 16, 2018

    Carol Vaughan
    I am so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I have many happy memories of Shannon and myself being included in your family occasions in past years.
  • Mar 18, 2018

    Grace Mountenay
    Linda and family: I was very sorry to hear of Larry's death. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Larry and I started our teaching careers the same year at Sunset Heights, where he was appreciated as a great member of our staff. I'm sure he enjoyed teaching at several different schools in Oshawa throughout the years, and his expertise was a value to every staff he worked with. My thoughts are with you.
  • Mar 18, 2018

    Judy & Doug Trumbley
    We are so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. We first met Larry as neighbours on Copperfield back in the late 80s. He often stopped to chat as he was walking the dog, or we would see him sitting on his front porch. I remember the castor beans he planted, and how they grew! Later in our retirement years, I often saw him with the O'Neill breakfast group as they meet on the same day as those of us from Kedron. He always made a point to come over to say hello before he left and we shared our family news.
    Larry had a very friendly personality and was so proud of his family. He is going to be missed by many. 
  • Mar 19, 2018

    David Povinsky
    Larry was that special older cousin that everyone would love to have and I was lucky enough to have in my life. Larry always had the time to visit and take me on road trips to Apsley and other “exotic” locations that were unavailable to a young teenager in the 1960’s without a license or car. I always appreciated his generosity, kindness and patience and vividly remember feeling like the coolest kid ever when cruising with Larry in his 1959 Ford convertible. We didn’t spend much time together over the last few decades but Larry has and always will be held in my memories and my heart. 
    My condolences to Linda, Jennifer, Jonathan and your families at this difficult time.
  • Mar 19, 2018

    Pat Smallwood
    Larry was a great joy and comfort to the patients in Oncology, to the staff and fellow volunteers. Thank you Larry for your dedication.
  • Mar 19, 2018

    Karen, Stephen and Morgan Beatty
    We were very sorry to learn of Larry’s passing. Our thoughts are with you.
    It is a blessing however to know he is at rest. Our neighbourhood will not be the same without him sharing greetings from the front porch.
    Please know Linda, we are here for you. Whatever we can do to help, please let us know. The Beatty Family
  • Mar 20, 2018

    Sharyn Besse-Moriguchi
    Dear Linda,
    My heart goes out to you in the loss of your husband Larry.
    Your lives have been so richly blessed with a very special love for one another.
    Praying for the Lord's comfort and His presence with you and your dear family. 
    Sharyn Besse-Moriguchi
    Vancouver, Washington,
  • Mar 22, 2018

    Donald& Donna Robins,nee Dodge
    Linda and Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time of the loss of Larry. Larry and Donna [nee Dodge] taught in the Oshawa system and had a lot of fond memories. It was a privilege to have known Larry.  Our condolences, Donna and Donald Robins
  • Mar 23, 2018

    Bill and Lynda Jeffs
    We are sorry to learn of Larry's death. I really enjoyed working with him at Harmony Heights Public school in the 80's. I wish you peace. Sincerely, Bill and Lynda.
  • Apr 11, 2018

    Pam Callus
    Jonathan and Family
    I am so sorry for your loss.  Larry was so full of life.  I never did work directly with him at O'Neill, but I certainly knew his warm personality and quick wit.  Jonathan, he was very proud of you and your accomplishments and was never shy to pass on information regarding the latter to his friends and acquaintances.
  • May 10, 2018

    Sandra Jamieson
    I am so sorry to hear of Larry Piurkos passing. I was a student in his first class at Sunset Heights school grade 6 and continued through Grades 7 and 8. Years later we met again when I gave a presentation to the teachers at O’Neill. He was an inspiration as a teacher a a wonderful person. He will be missed.

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