Stewart, Larry Douglas, a 33 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2007 in Torrance at the age of 65. He was born in La Junta, CO, and had served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Larry was a lifetime member of the VFW, a Deputy Sheriff, and Horseshoer for 28 years. Larry is survived by his Wife, Bert Stewart of Torrance, CA; Son, Derrek Stewart of Venice, CA; Son, Richard (Jackie) Johnson of Torrance, CA; Daughter, Lynn (Ed) Soares of Torrance, CA; Brother-in-law, Norm Ferm of Rancho Mirage, CA; Sister-in-law, Wanda Leon of Torrance, CA; and 5 Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Bunyan and Mary Stewart. A Viewing for family and friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Friday May 18, 2007 from 5 to 9 pm. The Service will be held at Rice Mortuary on Saturday May 19 at 12:30 pm. Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, followed by a Reception at the Rice Mortuary Lighthouse Room. Donations may be made to Torrance Memorial Hospice.

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  1. I used to have horses boarded at the stables on Lomita Blvd. I remember Larry from back in the day. Watching Huggy give birth to her foal and Larry fretting about her. Then strutting around like a proud ‘Papa’ after the foal was born. Larry was such an unforgetable character! He could be gruff but was always a caring friend. I will always picture that grin of his in my memory. Please accept my family’s deepest condolences on your loss.

  2. When Larry would see me, he’d always say, “Come here!” in that demanding tone. And I’d always think something was wrong, but he wanted a hug first, and then to tell me a dirty joke! It always brought a smile to my face. And then I’d smell a little like burnt hooves the rest of the day! When I think about him, I think about the vacation stories, the things he did with his grandkids, and the stories he told me about Bert, especially about her job at the hospital. He really seemed to care about my horse, his hooves and my boyfriend Bill (and all his health problems), and always knew exactly what we were going through with Bill’s diabetes. Larry was so insightful about things, and could read me (and others) like a book! I’ve seen him every Wednesday morning at the barn ever since I can remember. I miss him so much already.

  3. Larry was my neighbor and customer for 25 years. A great fisherman, a great horseshoer, and the best neighbor. We are so sorry for your loss. Gary and Mary Jo Temple (aka: Economy Plumping)

  4. Bert I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. God Bless Betty Broughton

  5. Larry: A crusty guy with a heart of gold…could bark at you from time to time, but if you took the time to get to know him, he was witty, insightful and had a great sense of humor. Larry, you will be missed!

  6. Bert, Please accept our deepest condolences to you and your family at this sorrowful time.Larry will surely be missed. Love, Vic & Koko Furriel

  7. Dear Bert and family, I am so sorry to hear of Larry’s death. You have our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Love, Dutch and Betty

  8. Our prayers and love are with Larry and his family. We will always remember his ever ready smile and laughter. His joy and zest for life was contagious to those around him. We thank God for his special gift, creating a man who obiviously loved life and those around him. We will remember him always.

  9. Hi Bert, I was so sorry to hear that Larry passed away. My first thought was that he sure lived a full life, with you by his side. The two of you always seemed to be busy making memories. Not to veer from the subject, but I always felt that you were always “in the moment,” and that you “live for today.” That is such an admirable quality. I know that you are surrounded with a very loving family, who will be there for you, as you adapt to your life without Larry. He was a really neat guy. Take care. Love, Diane O’Neill

  10. My condolences to you Bert and family, I have been on vacation and was shocked to hear the sadden news. Will give you a call this week. Again I am deeply sadden for your loss. Love – Alvenia

  11. Bert, I’m so sorry to hear of Larrys passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Larry (we called him Doug) was my cousin and we had lost track of him and his Dad. My dad, Clyde Stewart, was Uncle Bob’s younger brother. We knew that Larry was on one of the law enforcement departments in Los Angeles and were always concerned when things happened out there. Mom, (Aunt Aline) and I would like to make contact with the family, if that would be possible. You can use my e-mail address for both of us. I am truly sorry that this is the way we were able to locate Larry and his family. The memorial video is absolutely inspiring and shows me a lot about him. He has a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing him with us this way. It really means a lot. Jerre Sstewart Henderson Fowler, Colorado

  13. I am so sorry. I remember him as a very funny man and even now he brings a smile to my face. I didn’t get to know him very well but he made this world a better place.

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