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Lawrence McGlinchy

August 06, 2020

Lawrence V McGlinchy crossed the final bridge on his life journey on August 6, 2020, at the age of 86, surrounded by family.
Larry was born on June 23, 1934, to Charles Vernon and Martha McGlinchy (née Koerber) in Akron, OH.

He was a 1952 graduate of St. Vincent High School (Akron) and a 1957 graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Larry met his wife Christine on a Newman Club trip in college and married in 1957. After living in Cleveland, Garfield Heights, and Amherst, they settled in Norwalk OH in 1992. Together they raised four children, instilling values like a strong work ethic and giving back to the community.
Larry was an Ohio Registered Professional Engineer and Professional Surveyor, serving as Lorain County Engineer, Barberton City Engineer, and Huron County Engineer for a total of 27 years, retiring in 2004. Larry also had his own engineering firm for a number of years. Larry treated his employees as coworkers and family. To work for and with Larry was a positive lifetime experience. He was a mentor and a friend to many over his lifetime.

Larry built many bridges in his lifetime, both literally and figuratively. Replacing bridges was a major focus as Huron County Engineer while creating relationship bridges throughout the community over many years. There are a lot of people whose lives were enriched because they met and worked with Larry.
Larry was a long time member of St. Paul Church. He volunteered all of his life, whether at church, Scouting, NAMI, and other organizations which were all better off for his contributions. He shared his gifts unselfishly, including scholarships for the University of Akron civil engineering students.
After Christine passed away in 1998, Larry found the friendship and companionship of Brenda Soblesky. They were blessed with many experiences over the past 20 years. Together they were the force behind the NAMI Huron County Chapter, benefitting countless families and individuals battling mental illness. Larry also served as a board member for the NAMI Ohio organization.
His main hobby was gardening, constantly keeping track of progress, and sharing what the garden produced.

Many thanks to the MetroHealth Trauma ICU medical and support staff for their professional and tender care of Larry.

Larry was preceded in death by his wife Christine; parents, Charles Vernon and Martha McGlinchy; and infant sister Rose Marie. Larry will be missed by children Michael (Jean), Judith Giovanetti (Rego deceased), Eugene and Timothy; special friend Brenda Soblesky and her family; sister Mary Williams (Rex deceased); grandchildren Joseph and Sarah McGlinchy; John, Marc and Matteo Giovanetti; and Christina, Nicole, and Justin McGlinchy; many nieces and nephews and their families.

Friends may call Wednesday, August 12, 2020, from 3:00 -5:00 p.m. for an outdoor pass by visitation and from 6:00 – 8:00 for an indoor visitation at the Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main Street, Norwalk, OH. Attendees will be asked to follow certain safety and social distancing guidelines. They should be prepared for the possibility of waiting outside the funeral home as a limited number of the general public will be allowed at a time. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, August 13, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at St Paul Catholic Church. A Live Webcast of the funeral mass will be available at www.stpaulchurch.org. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery, Norwalk, OH.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Lawrence V McGlinchy crossed the final bridge on his life journey on August 6, 2020, at the age of 86, surrounded by family.
Larry was born on June 23, 1934, to Charles Vernon and Martha McGlinchy (née Koerber) in Akron, OH.

He was a 1952 graduate of St. Vincent High School (Akron) and a 1957 graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Larry met his wife Christine on a Newman Club trip in college and married in 1957. After living in Cleveland, Garfield Heights, and Amherst, they settled in Norwalk OH in 1992. Together they raised four children, instilling values like a strong work ethic and giving back to the community.
Larry was an Ohio Registered Professional Engineer and Professional Surveyor, serving as Lorain County Engineer, Barberton City Engineer, and Huron County Engineer for a total of 27 years, retiring in 2004. Larry also had his own engineering firm for a number of years. Larry treated his employees as coworkers and family. To work for and with Larry was a positive lifetime experience. He was a mentor and a friend to many over his lifetime.

Larry built many bridges in his lifetime, both literally and figuratively. Replacing bridges was a major focus as Huron County Engineer while creating relationship bridges throughout the community over many years. There are a lot of people whose lives were enriched because they met and worked with Larry.
Larry was a long time member of St. Paul Church. He volunteered all of his life, whether at church, Scouting, NAMI, and other organizations which were all better off for his contributions. He shared his gifts unselfishly, including scholarships for the University of Akron civil engineering students.
After Christine passed away in 1998, Larry found the friendship and companionship of Brenda Soblesky. They were blessed with many experiences over the past 20 years. Together they were the force behind the NAMI Huron County Chapter, benefitting countless families and individuals battling mental illness. Larry also served as a board member for the NAMI Ohio organization.
His main hobby was gardening, constantly keeping track of progress, and sharing what the garden produced.

Many thanks to the MetroHealth Trauma ICU medical and support staff for their professional and tender care of Larry.

Larry was preceded in death by his wife Christine; parents, Charles Vernon and Martha McGlinchy; and infant sister Rose Marie. Larry will be missed by children Michael (Jean), Judith Giovanetti (Rego deceased), Eugene and Timothy; special friend Brenda Soblesky and her family; sister Mary Williams (Rex deceased); grandchildren Joseph and Sarah McGlinchy; John, Marc and Matteo Giovanetti; and Christina, Nicole, and Justin McGlinchy; many nieces and nephews and their families.

Friends may call Wednesday, August 12, 2020, from 3:00 -5:00 p.m. for an outdoor pass by visitation and from 6:00 – 8:00 for an indoor visitation at the Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main Street, Norwalk, OH. Attendees will be asked to follow certain safety and social distancing guidelines. They should be prepared for the possibility of waiting outside the funeral home as a limited number of the general public will be allowed at a time. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, August 13, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at St Paul Catholic Church. A Live Webcast of the funeral mass will be available at www.stpaulchurch.org. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery, Norwalk, OH.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Marilyn Kamm

New London, OH, USA
August 28, 2020

Larry was such a nice, caring man. I knew him from NAMI and Lauren worked with him as a Hartland Township Trustee when Larry was the county engineer. Great fellow who will leave an empty spot that will be hard to fill.

Marilyn (Lauren) Kamm

Laura Fiegelist

Sagamore Hills, OH, United States
August 19, 2020

Although I never met Larry, it is overwhelmingly clear that this man brought joy to many people, played a pivitol role in his community, and touched many many lives. There's something each of us can learn from this great role model. My prayers go to his family and friends during this difficult time, and I pray his legacy of giving back continues through others.

Rose Austin

NORWALK, OH, United States
August 12, 2020

Dear Brenda and family,
Larry was a really sweet man. He attended my Silver Sneaker classes for years. He was a very faithful man. He will be missed. My very deepest sympathies.

JOHN HAMILTON

North ridgeville, OH, United States
August 11, 2020

I worked with Larry for a number of years and always enjoyed knowing him and his family. We are praying for Larry and his family in this time of sorrow. John and Debbie Hamilton

Joyce Seitz

Norwalk, OH, United States
August 11, 2020

Larry was a great guy and I loved working with him in Pastoral Counsel! May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time.

Barbara Hockin

Paw Paw, MI, USA
August 10, 2020

Dear Brenda and the McGlinchy family:

I had the pleasure of working closely with Larry before my retirement 3-years ago from Easter Seals Northern Ohio. He was such a kind and generous man—I always referred to him as “one of the good guys”. I know you will miss him very much, as all of us who knew Larry will. Rest In Peace Dear Larry.

Barbara & Gary Hockin

Steve Lang

Solon, OH, United States
August 10, 2020

We are thinking and praying for you and your families as you morn the passing of your father. Although I had not met Larry, I have seen the outstanding legacy he has left through his children. I work with Tim and have met both Mike and Judith. Larry's values of hard work and relationships are evident in his children and are an ongoing reflection of a life well lived.