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A giant in community tackled adversity



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December 30, 2009
Another giant has fallen. If my friend, Larry Weemaes had heard me calling him a giant, he probably would have laughed. Certainly he wasn't tall—maybe five foot, seven or eight inches and shrinking; but, in the words of his older son, "He left big shoes to fill."

Thirty years of adrenal cancer took their toll (though, in the end, technically it wasn't the cancer which took him). Doctors would treat the cancer in one part of his body, before long it would crop up somewhere else. But he had probably the most positive attitude of anyone I knew.

I remember calling the house once, and asking him how he was doing. He said cheerily, "Oh, I have this, this, this, and this going on with me, but other than that, I'm fine."

Fine indeed! Most of us would have been sitting home having ourselves a little pity party. Not Larry. He would think of some way he could still carry his weight, or help someone else, or play a game of cards with a grandkid.

Now, the long years are over, and his friends and family will begin a new year—a new decade—without him. Burned in our hearts, though, are fond memories of quality time with him.

Editor's note: Larry Weemaes passed away on Dec. 17 at the age of 70. Larry was a longtime resident of Goodland Township, where he served as treasurer for 30 years. His obituary—which appeared in the Dec. 23 issue—may be viewed online at

www.tricitytimes-online.com.

Willene Tanis is a longtime resident of the Imlay City area and an active volunteer in the community. Many readers find her 'Perspectives' column to universal and uplifting.
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