In Memory Of


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Larry Walter West

Apr 11, 1947 - Mar 29, 2024


Thursday, April 11, 2024
1:00 pm
Sylvan Lake Funeral Home - 5019 47A Ave., Sylvan Lake


A Reception will follow at the Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 212 - 4916 50 Ave., Sylvan Lake


Larry was born in Calgary on April 11, 1947, and passed away on March 29, 2024.

He was the youngest of 7 siblings raised on a farm in Strathmore.

Larry joined the Calgary Fire Department in 1969 where he worked in many of the busiest firehalls in the city.

He worked his way up to Captain and then District Chief on “B” Platoon. He retired in 2002.
What Larry would say about the Fire department was, “It was the best job in the world 99% of the time.” He was well respected by all his peers.

When he became a friend of Bill W. in 1997, he was to meet his soul mate Pat and they were married in October of 2001. This began a life of happiness and laughter.

Larry had a heart of Gold and would give you anything he had. He was an excellent listener and very wise. Always kind and honest, he had helped many men and women with their journey of sobriety. The respect that all who knew had for him and love for him was very evident up to his last day.

Larry was tired. He had a very rough time the last 3 years. His health was declining very rapidly, and he passed peacefully at home. The pain is gone - time to rest.

Larry is survived by his soul mate Pat, his daughter Rhonda (Joe), son Curt and daughter Denise (Dean), 5 Beautiful grandchildren, 9 Great Grandchildren, one Brother Alan (Gerta), and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2024, at 1:00 pm in the Chapel of the Sylvan Lake Funeral Home, 5019 47A Ave., Sylvan Lake. A reception will follow at the Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 212, 4916 50 Ave., Sylvan Lake.

Donations can be made in Larry’s name to Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society, 2234 30 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 7K9.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.


Sandra Lange:

Larry was always there when someone was in need of assistance in Denali park. I admired his gentleness and love for animals. I will always admire his kindness and am forever grateful how kind you both were to me.

Cat B:

Pat, my sincere condolences to you and your families. Larry was a kind and strong soul who will be missed. I had the privilege of meeting Larry in the late ‘90s and witnessed him help so many people through difficult times. Rest peacefully, Larry.

Twyla Ellis:

My deepest condolences on Larry's passing. I am so happy I had the opportunity to meet Larry and got to know him. Always appreciated his helping hands and kindness.

Jim and Bonnie:

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Pat and family. So sorry to hear about Larry’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Doug Pieper:

I enjoyed working with Larry. He was an interesting fellow. My condolences to his family.

Garth Sweeney:

Pat, l would like to send my sincerest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of a great person. Although we have never personally met, l would like you to know l met Larry back in 1970 when l was young and unsure of my career path. It was thanks to Larry's encouragement that l put in an application for the C.F.D. Now l don't know what other career opportunities might have come along; all l do know without Larry's help l never would have found the job l loved. May he rest in peace knowing he made a huge difference in my life's career path.

Dennis McIvor:

Rest In Peace, Larry. Condolences to Larry, Family, Brother Firefighters & Friends. Dennis McIvor

Ron and Gloria Adam:

Our most sincere condolences to you Pat and to the family, Larry will be missed by all of us . R. I. P. Larry!

Jo, Kirby and kids:

Grumpa Pita was such an incredible man and such an inspiration. He came through so many struggles and hardships while still helping those around him. He loved the kids so much and they loved him a lot, he was not a huge kid person but for me and the kids he was everything. We will miss him greatly but know he is always with us. He has lots of good people up there whom I’m sure were so happy to see him and help him get settled. We love you grandma and will be here for you through this journey.

larry pettigrew:

Haven't seen Larry since his retirement ,worked quite a few years with him.He was everything that has been said .Had his personal struggles,like a lot of us but he overcame them all.Condolences to all his family members.He will be missed.

Mary Samide:

Larry will be missed- a gentle soul who inspired many. My condolences to Pat and all your family.

Maxine :

Condolences to you Pat and your family. May the memories of the happy life you shared with Larry offer you some comfort. Thank you Larry for your service, rest in peace.

Ralph and Joan Tiede:

Our sincere sympathy in the passing of your dear Dad, Grandfather and Great Grandfather, Larry We knew Larry when he was first starting out in the world and he was always so energetic and eager to meet new challenges We're sure that he was a great fireman and carpenter and any other profession that he pursued He was generous and kind and know that he will be sadly missed God's Blessings to all

Karen Kirkeby:

Rhonda & Curtis, my deepest condolences. Many good memories!
Sorry I can't make the Celebration of Life, I have a specialist appointment at the same time.

Glenda Hermary:

Condolences to you Pat and the entire family. We will all miss that huge smile and his huge hugs. Cherish all your wonderful memories. Speak his name often, he'll always be with you then. RIP Larry.

Shannon evoy. :

You were amazing and I’ll never forget your friendship rest now my friend

Brenda Redelback :

Larry had a beautiful soul. He would give me such big big hugs I used to call him papa as his hugs were so wonderful and firm and reminded me of papa bear. You will be missed greatly. You are in my thoughts and prayers Pat but he is in peace

Patricia Macri:

Dear Pat and Family: Butch and I want to send you all our deepest regards. Larry was one in a million kind of man. We meet in Cabo San Lucas many years ago, we trudge this happy road together for a couple of years. All tho he has passed, he is never gone, in our hearts , and our memory’s forever. Love Pat, always. Butch and Lee

Pat Genik:

Pat and family we are sending our deepest condolences at this time... Take all the time you need to travel this journey Hugs always.

Terry McLeod:

Larry and I hit it off when we met, I admired the way he kept his calm demeanour and always had words of wisdom for anyone who asked. He gave all to everyone, my condolence to Pat and all the family. Sleep well my friend. Terry M

Brenda Redelback :

Larry always had a huge smile on his face whenever I would see him. His hugs were big and tight. I nicknamed him PAPA as in papa bear. Thinking of you Pat and your family thank you Larry for letting me be in your life. I will miss you

Sandy & Norbert Hirth:

Our condolences and deepest sympathy to Pat and family. Larry was a very kind and loving man and had a great sense of humor! We always had such a great time with Pat and Larry! We will cherish those memories! RIP Larry.

Beth :

It sounds like Larry left behind a legacy filled with love, kindness, courage and hope… that’s a life well lived Sir, rest easy

So much love to everyone in his life

Wayne & JoAnne Baird:

So sorry to hear of Larry's passing. Please give Rhonda

Steve Louise:

Had many coffees with Larry, a very kind Man who helped guide and walked the walk with many people to a new way to living life, Larry loved helping others and Black Licorices ice cream, He truly will be missed by many,


I’m so grateful you and Pat came to Arizona to escape the Winters in Canada. We had so many good memories and all those evenings out playing bingo. I’m so blessed we became such great friends. RIP Larry. You will be missed. Love you my friend.

David G.:

Love you Larry. You will be missed. May you rest in peace...Always a kind word and would lend an ear for you...My sincerest condolences to the family.

Greg and Jan Martin:

So very sorry i loved to chat with him very beaufiul person and condolences to your family Pat and children prayers and psalm 34 God is close to the broken hearted

Jim and Peggy Findlater:

Larry was a kind and gentle person whose wisdom was so freely passed on to so many others.He will be missed but will be remembered.
Our condolences to Pat and all family members.R.I.P. Larry


Larry was such a kind soul. Friends with everyone who came along and a true animal lover. Our Obie adored him. Larry will be truly missed. Condolences to the family, so many memories to keep close to your hearts to be cherished.

Marlene Finnegan:

May his memory be a blessing, Pat. What a beautiful journey you guys shared. You’re in my heart xo

Dean & Denise Hartley:

Pita will forever been in our hearts. He was a man that made is mark on so many. He will be missed beyond words. I am so very greatful for every moment I had with him. I was so lucky I was allowed to travel with him in his journey.... Mom, Take time to feel and just be. Love you both so much

Robyn and Mike Carriss:

Larry was a very gentle soul. Kind and caring. He helped so many people. He will be dearly missed. Our deepest condolences to Pat and the family. May he rest in peace.

Vivian Coderre :

Larry was an awesome guy anytime I seen him he was always friendly big smile on his face and give you a big hug he’s gonna be truly missed.
He was a true inspiration to many people.
Sending my condolences to the family members.


Miss you, thank you for everything you have done and shared with me,…. but glad you are at peace xoxo

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