Larry Shmyr

Larry Shmyr

Thursday, October 27th, 1955 - Saturday, April 25th, 2020
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Larry Alfred Don Shmyr was born in Melfort, SK to Tony & Eleanore Shmyr the 4th of 5 children in the family. He grew up on the family farm north of Beatty and took all his schooling in Kinistino. An athlete at heart, at an early age he became involved in playing fastball and hockey with a number of teams; North Star, Resource, Melfort 222's, Kinistino Tiger Bruins, Melfort Monarchs and the Beatty Barons, just to name a few. On August 6, 1977 he married Cathy Flodell and together they were blessed with two children - Aaron in 1983 and Andrea in 1986. Larry & Cathy made their home in Melfort where he first worked in the plumbing and heating industry and later with the Sask Wheat Pool. In 1994 he took a transfer with the Wheat Pool and the family moved to Wilkie. Larry's outgoing personality and ability to strike up a conversation soon made him well known and liked in the community. During their years in Wilkie, Larry helped coach various sports teams that both kids were involved in. Many miles were driven to watch Aaron play hockey & baseball, and Andrea in track & field, as well as fastball. In 2002, an opportunity for Larry & Cathy to move back to Melfort came about and he took a position with Agricore United which eventually led him to his current position with Richardson Pioneer.
Upon their return to Melfort, his love for the sport of hockey soon drew Larry back to coaching both Midget girls and Melfort Bantam AA boys. Keeping up the family Boxing Day tradition with the Hillbilly Farms family hockey team was also a highlight each year.

The summer of 2011 was a busy and exciting year for Larry & Cathy with two weddings and their first summer in their new cabin at Candle Lake. Family was everything to Larry and he was so proud to be a grandfather to six wonderful grandchildren. He spent many hours at hockey practices and games, Christmas concerts, playschool and kindergarten graduations. He loved family boat rides, beach days, or just playing street hockey or ball in the backyard with one or all of his grandkids. If you didn't see him at a grandchild's activity, he could be found helping out on the family farm, fishing at Candle Lake, watching a Melfort Mustang game or out for a run.
Larry will be remembered for his big smile, tender heart and quick wit. He was full of life and could light up a room with his infectious laugh.
Larry is survived by his wife Cathy, son Aaron (Lisa) Shmyr, Carter, Bryden, Parker;
daughter Andrea (Carson) Penner, Casey, Drew, Josie.
Sisters: Shirley (Tom) Copeland, Sandra (John) Degerness
Brothers: Lauren (Trudy) Shmyr, Lionel (Lana) Shmyr
Sisters-in-law & Brothers-in-law: Marj & Dale Ziefflie, Brenda & Garry Baraniski, Susan Thompson, Mark & Lisa Flodell, Mike & Carla Flodell as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Larry was pre-deceased by his parents Tony & Eleanore Shmyr as well as Father-in-law and Mother-in-law Edward & Anne Flodell.
Larry will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his family and friends.

A Service celebrating Larry's life will be held at a later date.
Friends so wishing may make memorial contributions to the Melfort Minor Hockey Association, PO Box 598, Melfort, SK S0E 1A0.
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Dale Malmgren

Posted at 10:56am
The photo of Larry with his Grandchildren is a testament to the character of a man that loved his family. A beautiful photo, a beautiful family. Our deepest condolences to the Shmyr, Flodell and Strinholm families and to all who knew and loved Larry.
Judith and Dale Malmgren, Regina, SK.

Pat Streeton

Posted at 04:34pm
Cathy, Aaron, Andrea and families,
Thinking of you during this time of great sadness and grief. Remembering Larry, his smile, his laugh, his great sense of humor, his love of sports, his family and grandkids.

Maureen Robertson

Posted at 08:17am
Dearest Cousin Larry
Although I haven't seen much of you over the years, your gut laugh (like no other), great sense of humor & beautiful smile, will stay with me forever. Rest in Peace dear Cous. My heartfelt sympathy to Cathy, Aaron, Andrea and families, Shirley, Sandra, Lauren, Lionel and families, may your fond/fun memories get you through this. With love, Maureen & Ryan, Perth Australia

Colleen & David Fan

Posted at 10:22pm
Dear Cathy, Aaron, Andrea and families - We were shocked and very saddened to hear of our dear cousin Larry’s passing and we are so deeply sorry for your loss. When I think of Larry I see a smiling face, I hear his laugh and will always remember his good sense of humour. He will be missed by many and never forgotten. Big hugs to your whole family, we are thinking of all of you during this difficult time.
Colleen and David Fan

Maria Riley

Posted at 09:56am
Andrea, Carson, Casey, Drew and Josie:
Our sympathies and prayers on the loss of your dad and grandpa. May your memories carry you through the first year and beyond.
Lots of love and hugs to all of you.
Auntie Maria and family

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