Obituary of Larry "Odie" Townsend
TOWNSEND, Larry “Odie” 1955-2022
We are heartbroken to announce the sudden passing of Larry “Odie” Townsend at the Welland Hospital on February 6, 2022. Best friend and soulmate to Cindy (nee Dumont). Dear father of Gregory Butosi. He will be sadly missed by his brothers; Gary (Judy), Wayne (Patricia) and Ray (Barb). Predeceased by his parents Earl and Jessie (nee Wilson) Townsend and his brother Stuart Townsend.
Larry, AKA “Odie” came from a musical family. He was born in Wiarton, Ontario and lived in Guelph where his music career started. He would later move to the Niagara Peninsula after touring for 20 years.
His musical career spanned over 50 years performing across Canada & the United States. Larry spent two years in Florida performing off broadway in productions such as “The Wiz” and “Fiddler on the Roof”. Also, performing nightly shows at Beetoven’s with True Reflections. His touring allowed him to meet celebrities along the way and loved telling the stories behind each one.
With his amazing keyboarding along with his strong vocal talent Larry performed everything from Classic Rock, Disco and 50’s. He played with such bands as Mike Laymen, All In One Breath, True Reflections, Hourglass, Forum, The Boys, Spellbound, Sneak Preview, Assorted Nuts, Lock 8, Sheer Impact, Johnny and the Cruisers, Waterline, 50’s In Colour, Borderline and Soul 69 (I am sure there were more that I missed). His love for music shone on stage with every performance he made captivating his audiences and he will continue to shine through those who will fondly remember him.
Odie touched the hearts of all who knew him. He was a humble man, had a great sense of humor, good with a joke or two (even though some of them were bad) and was always down for a good meal. Most would say his eyes lit up when he smiled (thus his childhood nickname “Smiler) and he had a hearty laugh. He was kind and empathetic with a heart of gold. Family and friends were very important to Odie and he always enjoyed his leisure time (when he had it) with both.
Our thanks, love and appreciation go out to his musician brothers and sisters for their outpouring of love and even though he may be gone they will remain family. To our friends, old and new alike and his co-workers at CTFS, thank you for your warm words. Our hearts are very touched and overflowing. We the Townsend family wish to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Welland County Hospital ICU staff. Many thanks to Dr. McCar, Lee (Larry’s nurse) for their dedication, compassion, and empathy. You fought right along with Larry and it will never be forgotten. You will be forever in our hearts.
In keeping with Larry’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Hospital for Sick Children would be appreciated by the family.
There are no upcoming public services scheduled or the service has occurred in the past.
Write a Condolence
You can post a condolence to the family below (up to 200 words). To add a photo, click on the camera icon. If you plan on making a donation, please notify the family by posting your intent in a condolence.
The family of Larry "Odie" Townsend would like you to consider placing a donation to one of the following charities:
Hospital for Sick Children
Note: If you make a donation, please notify the family by posting a condolence.