Simonsen, Laurence "Larry" Harold, a 70 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Monday, August 1, 2011. Born in Chicago, IL, Larry was 76 when he died. He was a devoted husband and father and a member of St. Lawrence Martyr parish. Larry was born in Chicago, but moved to Southern California at a very young age and spent the majority of his life here. He was an undergraduate of Loyola Marymount University with an Engineering degree, but also received his Masters in Engineering from USC and his MBA from UCLA. Larry's professional career was diverse and included work in a variety of industries. He started his career in the aerospace industry at TRW and worked for several aerospace firms throughout his career. He was also a partner in a successful savings and loan consulting business during the 1980s and worked in real estate for many years. Larry was an avid sports fan and followed his favorite teams, the Lakers, Clippers and Chicago Cubs, closely each season. He loved to travel and spend time with his wife, Joanne, at their favorite destinations, like Hawaii and Sedona. Larry's greatest passion was his love for his family, especially his nine grandchildren. He always had a keen interest in knowing everything that was important in their lives and made sure to see as many of their games and school performances as possible. He and Joanne also had a tight bond with their Marriage Encounter Love Circle group for many, many years and enjoyed many wonderful times with this close circle of friends for the past 30 years. Larry is survived by his wife of 46 years, Joanne Simonsen of Torrance, CA; son Chris Simonsen of Trabuco Canyon, CA, his wife, Jennifer, and their children, Kristina, Jessica, Ryan and Michael; daughter Anne Curry of Napa, CA, her husband, Robert, and their children, Lauren, Drew and Sophia; son Kevin Simonsen of San Diego, CA, his wife, Connie, and their children, Samantha and Ava; and daughter Lisa Simonsen of North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Elizabeth Simonsen. A vigil service will be held at Rice Mortuary on Thursday, August 4, 2011, at 7:00 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Lawrence Martyr Church on Friday, August 5, 2011, at 10:00 am. A reception in Rice's Lighthouse Reception Room follows from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the USC Norris Cancer Center, or the Torrance Memorial Hospital Hospice Program. To view Laurence's Tribute DVD please copy and paste the following link

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  1. Dennis and I were so sorry to learn of Larry’s death. Our sympathy and prayers go to Joanne, Chris, Anne, Kevin, and Lisa and their families. We have fond memories of having the Simonsen families as neighbors, carpooling to school, taking care of each others kids so that we could have a weekend away, and later in life running into each other at lunch. May the wonderful memories of your life with Larry help you through this difficult time.

  2. Aunt Joanne, Chris, Anne, Kevin, Lisa and family. I am so sorry to hear about Larry’s passing. I know how close you all were and I can imagine the loss you are feeling. I know you have many wonderful memories together and he will live on in your hearts through those memories. May you find peace in knowing he is now healed and watching over you all. My love and prayers to you all.

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