Lawrence Bruce Gumbinner, 88, of Rome, died Friday, Dec. 27, at the Hospice Unit at the V.A. Hospital at Togus. He was born Oct. 23, 1925, at Woman's Hospital in New York City. He was the son of Juanita N. and Lawrence C. Gumbinner.
At a young age he attended and lived at New York Military Academy during the school year. Summers he attended boys' camp in Maine and worked many summer jobs. Lawrence was drafted after his junior year and served in the Infantry in World War II.
While stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., he met and married the love of his life, Hilda M. Patrick. They spent 65 years together and raised three daughters.
As newly-weds Hilda and Larry lived in Columbus, Ga.; moving to Hempstead, N.Y., in 1947. Larry worked for CBS radio and later television as manager of transmission affiliations. He also served as an auxiliary policeman and volunteer fireman in Hempstead.
The couple moved to Waterville in 1960. Larry worked for Harold Labbe, realtor. He also served as Executive Secretary of Waterville Chamber of Commerce and eventually Scott Paper Company scheduling No. 3 and No. 4 paper products for S.D. Warren. He retired from Sappi in the '80s. He also volunteered for the Rome Fire Department and served for a time as chief. Hilda and Larry spent many years vacationing in Gstaad, Switzerland, where they stayed at the Palace Hotel and played tennis there.
In recent years he worked during Christmas season at L.L. Bean and happily worked for Mayberry Builders.
Lawrence was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Hilda, an infant grandson, a half-sister, Gloria, and half-brother Roger.
He is survived by his daughters, Diane (Lester) Plourde, Lynn Boyd and Gail Robertson and her companion, Bill Fickett. He also has five grandchildren, Kristal (Chris) Michaud, Lenny (Kim) Plourde, Traci (Dennis) McDonald, Deric Sliger and Ashley Tucker. There are five great-grandchildren, Nathan (Halie) Michaud, Mitchell McDonald, Renee McDonald, Crystal Campbell and Deric Sliger Jr., and great-great grandchildren Doug Sliger and Molly Michaud. He also leaves behind his beloved Yorkie puppy, DeeDee.
There will be no funeral service or visiting hours per Larry's request.
The family wishes to thank David Mayberry for his many years of constant comfort and support to Dad. We also thank the amazing and caring staff at the VA Hospice unit at Togus. Dad felt blessed to be in such a supportive and beautiful facility.
If anyone wishes, donations can be made to the Waterville Humane Society in Larry's name.