GOUCHER, Irving Lawrence “Larry” – March 12, 1949 - April 16, 2022
Larry passed away Saturday, April 16th, 2022 at age 73, in Lakeridge Health Oshawa Hospital, with his wife Nancy at his side.
His heart finally wore out after a lengthy fight with a mystery brain mass.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Nancy, son Adam (Tara), grandson Remy, son Brian (Rebecca), daughter Laura, Mother Millie, Sister Susan (Terry) O'Toole, niece Taryn (Neil) Pon & great niece Keeva, nephews Ryan and Eryn O'Toole.
Son of (the late Irvin) & Millie Goucher, Larry was born in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia and spent his early years in the Maritimes.
When he was in high school in Kingston, he started the first of 6 summers as part of the Fort Henry Guard & joined the Naval Reserve as a cadet.
In 1968 he moved to Carleton Place, where he met his future wife.
After high school he attended University of Waterloo, graduating with an Honours degree in Environmental Studies in 1973. He & Nancy were married in April 1972.
He worked initially for a chartered accountants firm then joined the Bank of Nova Scotia in 1975 & retired in 2005. During his 30 years with the bank he worked in many branches across Western Ontario, Grand Cayman for 2 years, then in Banking Operations International in Toronto. He travelled extensively in the Caribbean setting up data centers at the banks on the island, writing the manuals then teaching the staff how to run the programs.
He loved volunteering. Many of his interests overlapped. He joined Scouts Canada in 1959 & as an adult, was a leader at many levels, greatly enjoying the outdoors and camping. He became an Amateur Radio Operator and involved the young people in Ham radio events to talk to people all over the world.
He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and was recently honoured with the Lifetime Membership Award.
As a member of the Limber Gunners, he had the great privilege and honour to ride in the quad truck leading the funeral procession for Cpl Nathan Cirillo in 2014.
Recently he began assisting at the Ontario Regiment Museum in Oshawa, as a tour guide and with tank restoration.
He thoroughly enjoyed participating in the annual play "A Spirit Walk" at the Pickering Museum Pioneer Village.
He was a member of St. Mark's United Church since moving to Whitby in 1983. If an extra pair of hands was needed, he was there.
On Saturday, May 21st, as per his wishes, his funeral will be conducted by the Chaplin for the Whitby Legion Branch 112 at 117 Byron St. S., Whitby. Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. and service at 4:00 p.m.
Masks will be required & the family respectfully asks that those who are unvaccinated, have had recent Covid symptoms or who have possibly been exposed, remain home. Streaming of the service and/or a YouTube video of the service are still being arranged. Information close to the funeral date will be available on the website of W.C. TOWN FUNERAL CHAPEL , Whitby.
Cremation has taken place & as per his wishes, he will be buried in Round Hill, Nova Scotia at a future undecided date.
Thank you to all the medical professionals everywhere for their exceptional team effort.
Special thank you to Dr. Pamela Taylor.
In lieu of flowers, donations to any of the above organizations that he loved, to Wounded Warriors or to a local food bank would be appreciated.
For online condolences, please visit wctownfuneralchapel.com .