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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Irish Fiddler Larry Reynolds: In Memoriam (1932-2012)

Larry Reynolds (1932-2012)

Boston's tremendous Irish fiddle player Larry Reynolds passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2012.  

The Boston Irish Tourism Association mourns the loss of this great friend, musician and leader in the Irish-American community.  

Here are details of Larry's funeral arrangements at Joyce Funeral Home in Waltham, Massachusetts.


finian said...

May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace! He was one of Nature's gentlemen, and he lived for the tunes. When I first came to Boston, in the late '70s, he was leading the session at the old Village Coach House, and those were grand times. May God make a little corner for him!

Mance Grady said...

One would be indeed blessed to have any of these Human Qualities: Honesty, Compassion, Integrity, Love, Knowledge, Discipline, Faith and Leadership... Larry possessed them all. He was a "noble man".
God Bless you Larry, and all your family.
Mance & Lori Grady

Thomas Fitzgerald said...

A sad message to wake up to. He will be greatly missed, a wonderful man and a great fiddle.
Tom Fitzgerald

Cynthia Neale said...

I moved to New England from New York sixteen years ago and when I walked into the Watertown Comhaltas Ceili the first time (and each time), Larry Reynolds greeted me and his warmth made me less homesick and welcomed into the community of Irish music and dance in Boston. I think of a line in one the late John B. Keane's short stories that reminds me of Larry,
“Were we to depart life now we would surely see heaven for the happiness we spread this day.” Larry Reynolds spread happiness!
Cynthia Neale

Rosemary Foley said...

What a loss to the entire Irish community in America.He was up to one of our seisiuns in Worcester, last year, at our Cultural Center.He performed with our group and was greater than life.We were so honored to have him among us.Whenever we went to the Greenbriar or the Skellig, he always welcomed us. I remember him from the days when Boston College had a week of traditional music and dance; he was such an integral part of that time. I read a book one time, about the West of Ireland and its people, entitled"Our Like Will Not Be Here Again". Surely this phrase applies to Larry Reynolds. His like will not be here again. We offer our deepest sympathies to the Reynolds family on their loss.

Rosemary Foley, Helen Foley, Mary Whidden and the folks at Div.#36, AOHand LAOH, in Worcester/ Sunday seisiuns.

Earle Hitchner said...

When I first visited the Boston area many years ago in order to write about its Irish music scene for the Irish Echo, Larry went out of his way to show me the ropes and extend, with his wife Phyllis, unmatched hospitality and kindness. They welcomed me into their home and invited me into their hearts. I have never forgotten their generous, thoughtful gestures that flowed so automatically back then and ever since. When I add to my personal memories of Larry his monumental, tireless efforts on behalf of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and Irish music in Massachusetts and everywhere else he happened to be, I can say with utmost confidence that we will never see his like again. Larry left this world a far better place than when he found it. That is the measure of a great man. My wife, Nancy, and I, along with countless others, will never forget him. His legacy, musical and personal, will not only endure but certainly grow larger. No one can die when he or she will be remembered as brightly as Larry is.

Earle Hitchner
Contributing Music Writer, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (1995-present)
Contributor and “Ceol” Columnist, IRISH ECHO (1991-2011)

Paul Feeney, Boston City Paper said...

The Boston City Paper joins with Shamrock Nation, the Boston Irish Tourism Association, and the entire Irish community of Boston to mourn the death of Larry Reynolds one of the world’s finest Irish fiddle players and a resident of Waltham, MA. Larry passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. He was a great friend, musician and leader in the Irish-American community.
I was honored to know Larry from his early days when he and his fellow Irish musicians started the Irish Musicians Association also known in Gaelic as Comhaltas. His appearances at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast hosted by Senators Billy Bulger and Jack Hart helped to make these events most special.
He was a kind, gentle, thoughtful, helpful sort of person always doing his part to advance the growth and development of Irish music, dance, culture, sports and hospitality. There will never be another like him. Irish people around the world should be very proud of his great accomplishment in advancing the growth and development of traditional Irish music in America.

- Paul Feeney, Publisher
Boston City Paper