Larry
LARRY ELDON CARNAHAN, a 53 year resident of Torrance, passed away on Monday, August 30, 2010 in Harbor City, at the age of 74 surrounded by his loving wife Mary Lou and family. He was born on October 8, 1935, a native of Ohio. Having grown up in what was then the small town of Greenville he enjoyed reminiscing about his boyhood adventures. After completing two years of college he removed to Los Angeles, CA. He obtained degrees at both UCLA and USC. Larry taught high school mathematics at Jordan High School and was an engineer at Northrop-Grumman. He always loved to sing and led the "original guitar group" at St. Catharine Laboure Church for over twenty years. After retirement he loved his garden, playing golf, and writing & producing children's plays. He along with his daughter, Charlene, wrote, produced, and directed two plays at Tulita School in Redondo Beach. Larry and Mary Lou were avid travelers making trips to Ireland and most countries in Europe. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Larry is survived by wife, Mary Lou (Martin) of Torrance, CA; mother, Mary Kathryn Carnahan of Palm Coast, FL; daughter, Katharine (Angel) Ayala of Murrieta, CA; daughter, Charlene (Patrick) Migliorini of Redondo Beach, CA; son, John (Veronica) Carnahan of Redondo Beach, CA; sisters Mary Ann Owens and Carol Perko, and nine grandchildren, Monique and Tony Ayala, Mary Kathryn, Hannah, Luke, and Andrew Migliorini, and Daniel, Sean, and Caeley Carnahan. He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Leroy Carnahan. A gathering of family & friends will be held at White & Day Mortuary, in Manhattan Beach, on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The Vigil Service will commence at 7:00 PM. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Catherine Laboure Church on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 2:00 PM. A reception will follow in the church hall. Burial will be private.

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  1. We are so saddened by the passing of cousin Larry. He will always be remembered in our hearts and prayers.

  2. George and I send our condolences and Mary Lou, you and your family are in our prayers. Larry is surely leading the angels in song now. Love YOu……..

  3. Larry, your voice, your songs, your guitar playing at St. Catherine’s during the late 70’s and early 80’s brings back so many wonderful memories of that time and era. Thank you for your singing – you were wonderful ! when I get up to Heaven – I want you to play your guitar and sing to me like you used to many years ago when I was young. Thank you, what a wonderful voice, I will never forget the sound of your singing always in my head .

  4. I didn’t know Larry personally, but we so loved his guitar masses. He made the day so joyful and beautiful. I really missed those masses, after he retired. He was a great contribution to St. Catherine’s. Our prayers to all of the family.

  5. Larry, your voice, your songs, your guitar playing at St. Catherine’s during the late 70’s and early 80’s brings back so many wonderful memories of that time and era. Thank you for your singing – you were wonderful ! when I get up to Heaven – I want you to play your guitar and sing to me like you used to many years ago when I was young. Thank you, what a wonderful voice, I will never forget the sound of your singing always in my head .

  6. My most vivid memories of going to Mass as a little girl was attending the 10:15 A.M. Mass and seeing Mr. Carnahan singing his heart out with his eyes closed. I loved all the songs he sang. Back then we didn’t applaud after a cantor sang a song, but if we could have I would have applauded after every Mass. Mr. Carnahan brought so much joy to the Mass through his music. As an adult I sometimes wonder why they don’t sing the same songs that he did. They were so beautiful, and I still remember all the words. Any time I went to your house to play with Charlene both Mr. and Mrs. Carnahan were so kind to me. May the Lord bless you and comfort you in your time of need. Remember that Mr. Carnahan’s music lives on here on earth and now in heaven. I’m sure my mom is singing with him now in heaven. My deepest sympathy and love, Mary (Appell) Rios and family

  7. for some reason, “Get Together” song by the Youngbloods in 1968 reminds me of Larry Carnahan – maybe he had sung it in church once or twice ? I’m going to miss your voice, your guitar playing in church – what wonderful childhood memories you’ve given me – Thank you Larry for all those years. I’ll see you when I get to Heaven and you can sing again for all of us- who knew you . I’ll be praying all the time for all my old parish friends from St.Catherine’s in Torrance. I love and treasure all of you Good bye Larry

  8. Mary Lou & Family~Im sorry for the loss of a wonderful Son, Husband, Father, & Grandfather. I remember camping trips, 10:15 Mass, Los Posadas, and many more memories. He will be deeply missed by all, but he is out of pain and no longer suffering. I know for a fact that Dad, Pierre, & Dale welcomed him with open arms. Larry may be gone, but he will not be forgotten! We love you. Patty, Mark, & John

  9. Dear Mary Lou & Family–My deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved Larry. May the love of family & friends, plus fond memories of Larry & his legacy help you through this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you, Mary Lou.

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