McCLENNON, Larry Lorne P.Eng.

October 7, 1941 – July 7, 2015

It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we announce Larry McClennon passed away on Tuesday, July 7th in Calgary, AB. He was predeceased by his son Steven and his parents Lorne and Helen.
Larry is survived by his beloved wife Diane of 52 years; his two children Carmen (Joel) and Brian (Carolyn); his cherished grandchildren; Kate and Madeline; and his sisters; Maureen (Damon) Kondro and Jean (Gary) McClennon-Leong, as well as a circle of other relatives and friends.
Born in Wainwright, AB, Larry attended the University of Alberta where he received the school’s First Degree in Petroleum Engineering. Following graduation, he joined the oil and gas company Petrofina, working at the Wildcat Hills facility near Cochrane in 1964. Later while employed by Petro-Canada, he moved his family to Barbados to lead Barbados National Oil Company. He returned to Canada where he worked until his retirement in 2005, commemorating 40 years with Petro-Canada.
Larry grew up in Redwater, Alberta where he was an accomplished athlete and academic. He earned many awards and scholarships for both his athletic prowess and academic achievements. It was there that he met the love of his life, Diane, who he began to date at the age of 16.
Larry loved music and played many instruments – many by ear. In his late teens and early twenties he joined friends from Redwater to form the band – Thunder Birds. Throughout his life, he could always be counted on to have the latest ‘high-tech’ stereo equipment.
While living in Cochrane, Larry was very active in the community, he was president of the Lions Club and a volunteer at many club sponsored events, including the annual Labor Day Rodeo. He was also active in the church vestry and played a key role in relocating All Saints church to its current site.
Larry loved to ski and supported his son’s ski racing, including taking on the role of Mount Norquay ski club president. In 1988, Larry and family volunteered in various capacities at the Winter Olympics, and many other ski racing events. In later years, Larry loved to look after his bird feeders. He was smart, articulate and could always be counted on to deliver a great speech.
Larry was a very kind and charitable person, he was a willing participant in research projects at the Movement Disorder Clinic at the Foothills Hospital and was enthusiastically involved in the Cochrane Parkinson Support Group.
A Memorial Service will be held at All Saints Anglican church ( 404 – 4 Avenue North, Cochrane, AB ) on Monday, July 20th at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson Alberta ( Research ) 102, 5636 Burbank Crescent S.E., Calgary, AB. T2H 1Z6 or All Saints Anglican Church at or P.O. Box 1043, Cochrane, AB T4C 1B1.
Larry’s family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff at Bethany Care Center in Cochrane where he received special love and care during the last year of his life.

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  1. On 10/07/2015 at 10:03 am Moe Elkadri Said:

    God Bless His Soul, he was a wonderful, caring and loving individual.

  2. On 10/07/2015 at 9:54 pm Dona Fox Said:

    You made me proud to be part of your life. You were a diamond everyone is searching for. I will Love you forever in my heart. May God bless you and keep you safe.

  3. On 11/07/2015 at 7:54 am Sylvia Robinson(nee Horbal) Said:

    To Maureen, Diane and Jean – please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Larry. Know that you are in my thoughts.

  4. On 11/07/2015 at 8:22 am Betty Lee Said:

    so sorry , Diane. My thoughts are with you. Betty

  5. On 11/07/2015 at 5:40 pm John Bowie Said:

    Sorry for your loss. I will miss Larry,s wisdom and the conversations we had.
    Larry was such a well respected man who will be missed by all.

  6. On 12/07/2015 at 7:12 am Cindy Engert Said:

    My thoughts are with you and your family.

  7. On 13/07/2015 at 9:19 am Ken and Jan McNeil Said:

    Dear Diane, Carmen and Brian,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. We cherish our memories from Barbados especially the school dances and our Bajan Christmas by the pool. Ken enjoyed working with Larry and expressed many times that Larry was one of the nicest men he has ever worked for. Take care!

  8. On 13/07/2015 at 12:02 pm Theresa Shepherd Said:

    Keeping you and your family in my prayers. So very sorry for your loss.

  9. On 13/07/2015 at 3:26 pm Peter Cotsworth { Joan) Said:

    I’m proud to have worked with Larry for over 25 years. He was an outstanding engineer and a most respected
    gentleman. His life means a lot to those that knew him.He was a wonderful reliable friend. We’ll miss him.
    Heartfelt condolences to his family,particularly Diane,Brian and Carmen

  10. On 15/07/2015 at 2:36 am Brennan Said:

    Uncle Larry was of the kindest and most inspiring people I have ever had the pleasure to be around. I will always admire how well respected he was amongst his family and community. I love you Unlce Larry. My condolences to Auntie Diane, Brian and Carmen. Miss you.

  11. On 17/07/2015 at 2:03 pm Maureen Vink Said:

    May all your special memories sustain you in this time of loss – my thoughts are with you and your family. So very sorry for the loss of your soul mate! Maureen

  12. On 18/07/2015 at 1:00 pm Kieran Said:

    My condolences to Auntie Diane, Carmen, and Brian. I love you and miss you Uncle Larry. I wish I could be there for the ceremony.

  13. On 18/07/2015 at 9:14 pm Cindy Begg Said:

    Diane, Carmen & Brian

    Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time. Remember the good times, and keep them in your heart forever. Hugs to you all. The Begg Family

  14. On 19/07/2015 at 6:50 pm Gordon Trenchie Said:

    Please know how very saddened I am for the lose of your beloved Larry. I send you our deepest condolences for you, your family, Maureen and Jean. Having lost someone is a difficult moment of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    May your memories give you peace and comfort.
    Gord & Lavonna Trenchie.

  15. On 20/07/2015 at 7:18 am Ted Lawrence Said:

    I worked with Larry for many years at Petro-Canada and the last time I saw Larry was at his retirement dinner. Larry was an absolute pleasure to work with, kind, considerate and never said a bad word about anyone. Larry had a very positive impact on me and I feel privileged to have worked with him. My condolences to the family.

  16. On 20/07/2015 at 8:24 am Doug & Carol Fraser Said:

    We remember Larry as one of the “young” engineers. We always appreciated you, Diane, and Larry in all the social gatherings with the Fina Family. Sorry we are unable to be with you today as you celebrate the wonderful person Larry has been. Our condolence to you and your family and
    please pass our condolence along to Maureen too. We have wonderful memories of all your family.
    Doug and Carol Fraser

  17. On 21/07/2015 at 5:29 pm Glen & Liz Boles Said:

    We would like to send our deepest condolences to you Diane and your Family. We were saddened with the news of Larry’s passing.
    We always found Larry to be very friendly and such a real gentleman.

    Sorry that we were unable to attend the funeral as Glen landed up in the hospital last week.

    Our prayers go out to you and Family. Glen & Liz Boles

  18. On 26/07/2015 at 11:58 am Lew Rizzo Said:

    Recently heard of Larry’s passing.

    Our most sincere condolences to you Diane and your family.

    Old friend and colleague

    Lew Rizzo

  19. On 16/11/2015 at 11:09 am Wendy & Walter Vaughan Said:

    Hi Diane and Family,
    It is with great sorrow I just read of Larry’s passing while searching for another obituary. We had not heard, as we don’t always get the Cochrane papers or the Herald. Please know our thoughts are with you even if very belated. Larry was always one of my favourite people during the years we worked at Wildcat Hills. He was a good person. It was so nice to visit with you both a few years ago at the CHAPS evening.
    Please accept our belated condolences.
    Wendy & Walter Vaughan