In Loving Memory of
James Lawrence Ness "Larry"
1950 - 2022
Obituary of James Lawrence Ness "Larry"Born December 6, 1950 passed away after a short illness on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 72 years of age. He is survived by his wife of 46 years Suzan Kathleen Ness (nee Learning), his son Joshua Alexander Ness (Carolyn Ness) and their children, Noah White, Grace Ness and James Ness, his son Shayne Lyon Ness (Mirangely Ness) and their daughter Lyndsay Ness. Larry is also survived by his sisters Christine Lang (Peter Lang) and Karen Ness, his brother Brett Ness (Marlene Ness), his niece Bobbi Bebchuk (Trevor Bebchuk), his grand nephew Isaac Bebchuk and grand niece Tessa Bebchuk, his nephews Ron Lang and Alex Ness, his aunt June Ness and many cousins.
Larry was predeceased by his father James Ness May (2005), his mother Florence (Betty) Ness (1995) and his uncles William, Alexander, Andrew, Robert and Jack.
Larry was born and raised in Niagara Falls. He graduated from Westlane Secondary High School and worked one year at Cyanamid, he then joined The Canadian Armed Forces where he was educated in Electrical, Mechanical and Weapons trades, he was very successful in his military career and traveled worldwide single on active tours of duty and with his family. He married Suzan in 1975 soon followed by the births of their boys.
Larry retired with many coloured medals on his breast, he was proud to have served 30 years. Larry was retired for a couple of days when a company named Pennant Canada Ltd a company which procured government contracts hired him to become a consultant and contractor covering the many Departments of Defense contracts for Army and Navy and he enjoyed his 25 years operating his own company as an integrated systems contractor. He retired a very short time before he passed.
Larry was an avid golfer he played with friends, coworkers and strangers wherever he traveled to, in retirement he was able to work off site for many years, he took his work computer with him wherever we traveled and finally we settled on permanent 6 month reprieve from cold north in a beautiful gulf coast area of Florida. His golfing group expanded over the years there and many friendships formed. Every Wednesday was bocce with couples from golf and our beach friends. Locals enjoyed watching us play and always asked why are you playing on this chewed up baseball diamond? He would laugh and tell them, "for lunch together and beer at Cody’s".
Larry always wanted to return to Niagara as a final retirement destination with his wife, as empty nesters to be close to family in the area. They moved for the 27th time. The area that gave Larry a taste of civilian life was golfing with his uncles at Rolling Meadows, making new friends, and he enjoyed walking the course. Larry got his first of three holes in one at the tenth hole on Rolling Meadows. Larry began to work at the golf course after a few years volunteering as a Marshall, and joined the Men’s league. Larry achieved the other two holes at Meadowlands Golf Course in Florida.
As an avid sports fan and father of two sons, training and coaching was inevitable. Hockey was everyone’s favorite and he refereed for many years. When they were older and refereeing themselves the three together were a treat for any teams on the ice. In Ottawa Larry refereed Mens league, Women’s University league and local minor hockey leagues. He was a great fan of the Boston Bruins, our boys were true Toronto Maple Leaf fans. You can imagine the fun in the household during playoffs! Larry also played baseball (Mr. Magic) and broomball on different teams while in the military wherever posted. In Europe, curling became a favorite Friday night couple’s event. During weekends in Germany he participated in Volksmarches 10k and 20K runs. There weren’t many challenges he wasn’t up for. Larry became Referee in Chief while the family lived in Creemore and again when he transferred to Barrie. He made friends wherever he and family were transferred. He found a watering hole. He was comfortable and amiable around people. Who could ask for a more well rounded life? Larry will be missed and well remembered. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted to Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905-354-2133) A celebration of Larry's life will be held at Branch 479 Royal Canadian Legion on Saturday, July 30, 2022 from 1:00 p.m until 4:00 p.m. If desired, donations to The Walker Family Cancer Centre in Larry's memory would be appreciated by his family.
A Celebration of LifeDate: July 30, 2022
Start Time: 1:00 pm
End Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: Branch 479 Royal Canadian Legion
5603 Spring St, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 1P7
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Suzan and family. I was shocked and saddened to hear of Larry’s passing. I fondly remember serving under him in Germany 78-81 and you both made sure I was welcomed into your home for family suppers.
Larry has a wicked sense of humour and loved a practical joke or two. Our careers crossed paths a few times after Germany and he was always outgoing and quick to make up lost time with a chat. He taught me a lot about managing people and dealing with difficult situations. He was a great leader and mentor, not only to me but others as well. He will be missed.
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I very sorry to hear of Larry’s passing , I remember meetings being in Borden while being on courses.
I offer my deepest sympathies to Karen and the family during these difficult times. I worked for Larry while at 202 Workshop Depot, in Montreal, and where we played broomball. I will always remember him for his smiles and contagious laughter. He will be missed. Arte & Marte!
Suzan I want to offer my sincerest condolences to you and the family. I worked with Larry for many years and I will remember our time together fondly as he was a wonderful person who I was privileged to get to know. We shared many laughs and talked often about golf and hockey. Seeing that I’m a Habs fan, you can just imagine the ribbing that went on. I want to leave you with a quote from Helen Keller that I hope will bring you comfort in the difficult days ahead.
“What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, For all that we love becomes a part of us.”
I have been on course with Larry, worked for him and was recommended by him for the best job I ever had. Safe journey friend. Sue there are no words I can says to ease your pain, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Godspeed my friend. Until we meet again.
Dear Susan. We are so sorry to hear of your loss and our loss of such a great friend. Larry was a big influence on our early years and helped guide me in those days. Virtual hugs
Larry was a kind and generous man. We worked closely together while posted at Borden. Plus we were close neighbours in Creemore – Larry and I both had Honda motor scooters at that time. Until now I didn’t know we were born so close to each other. 30 November 1950 is mine in Guelph. Sue please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Larry will be missed by so many folks he touched with his wit, knowledge, skill, and sense of humour. Proud to have served with him in RCEME and to have him a key part of our Pennant team for so many years… both Maggie and I will fondly remember his efforts to improve our golf games! My heartfelt sympathies to Sue, and his family, friends and comrades grieving with us.
I was shocked to see Larry’s obit on FB. Pat Read posted it. I remember Larry very well from 1 RCHA in Lahr, Germany. He was the nicest of guys, a well respected member of the Regiment. I would think about him periodically when I reminisced about the Lahr years. I was the Postmaster there so I interacted quite a bit with the families. To Susan and family,, please accept my sincere condolences on his much too early passing.