Lawrence William Paz (July 25, 1936 - July 25, 2023)

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Lawrence William Paz
  • July 25, 1936
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  • July 25, 2023

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Lawrence William Paz passed away July 25, 2023, his 87th birthday, in Ocala, Florida. Born to William Paz and Dorothy Alice Louise (Palmer) Paz on July 25, 1936, Larry grew up in the Boston suburb of Arlington with his parents, his younger sister Marilyn (Mal), and their pets Spotty and Mittens.

Larry and Mal danced tap and ballroom together, with costumes by their mother and grandmother and lessons provided by their aunt Evelyn (known as Sissie). Larry served as an altar boy, youth minister, and president of the youth organization at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior in Arlington. At age 13, he helped rescue a fellow Boy Scout after their kayak capsized in a pond, the day after attending a Scout lecture on water safety. He served for years in the youth leadership organization DeMolay.

After graduating from Arlington High School, Larry attended Boston University’s evening program while working in the mail room at Socony-Mobil Oil Company in nearby Kenmore Square. He served for eight years in the U.S. Naval Reserve. At 22, he joined the accounting department at Polaroid Corporation, where his parents and aunt worked for many years. He moved into sales and became manager of the sales office, helping to introduce color Polaroid film nationwide. With the emergence of automated data processing in the early 1960s, Larry became the company’s first marketing systems analyst. He designed and developed management systems for businesses including White Stag Skiwear in Portland, Oregon; his time there sparked a lifelong love of the state and Mount Hood.

Larry held a bachelor’s degree in business administration (accounting and marketing) from Boston University and a master’s degree in business management and computer science from Virginia Commonwealth University. He held executive positions in manufacturing, marketing, consulting, information systems, education, and internal auditing. He was known for his team approach to evaluating, designing, and implementing business processes and controls. Larry consulted and/or taught for KPMG Peat Marwick, the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (where he was instrumental in securing funding to rebuild parts of Owego, NY, including the high school, after a major flood in upstate New York). He also supported his wife Mervyn’s catering service, restaurant, and quilting business.

After moving with Mervyn to Florida in 2014, Larry worked as an author, editor, and publishing consultant. His books include Soar Without Limits, Hairy’s Ultimate Adventure, The Butterfly Who Could Not Fly, and the newly released Whistler. He loved his family (including many furry companions), watching Atlanta Braves games, making fudge, and helping people.

Larry is survived by his wife of 31 years, Mary Irvin (Mervyn) of Ocala, FL; sister Marilyn Cohen (Mal) of Binghamton, NY; children Randall (Jill) Paz, Richard (Deb) Paz, Gary (Becky) Paz, Douglas (Margy) Paz, Toby Paz, Anjani Devi, and Cindy Olnick (Tom Davies); nieces Linda Crampton and Laura Bigelow; nephew David Cohen; 21 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; former spouse Nancy Berlekovic; and Daisy. Donations in Larry’s memory can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org).


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  1. Randy posted an image:
    26 Aug 2023
    Larry and Mervyn
    Larry and Mervyn

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