Lawrence “Larry” Forand, 88, formerly of Westborough, a longtime professional musician, teacher and family man, died Thursday, April 19, 2012 after a brief illness.
Born March 21, 1924 in Webster, son of Alfred and Lillian Forand. Larry enjoyed a long life woven into a tapestry of patriotic service to his country in the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific (Guadalcanal) during World War II; a prominent career as a professional musician with the Big Bands; an accomplished music teacher and academic administrator in Massachusetts and Broward County, Florida and as a very loving husband and father.
Upon his return to San Diego from serving overseas, Larry’s extraordinary musical abilities were sought by the U.S. Marine Corps Band until his discharge into civilian life. He married his childhood sweetheart, Marion Brezniak of Dudley and they eventually had their first of three children, Barbara Jane.
Larry’s musical prowess with the trumpet enabled him to become a key contributor in the Big Band phenomenon during which time he played with a number of the notable orchestras, most especially the Ray McKinley Band for years.
He later pursued his college degree at the Boston Conservatory of Music which prepared him to become one of the most highly respected music teachers and administrators in Massachusetts (Westboro School System) and eventually South Florida. Larry continued to perform professionally in orchestras playing top performers such as Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Bobby Darin, Juliette Prowse, Andy Williams, and Johnnie Mathis. He also sat first chair in the brass section of the orchestra selected to play President Nixon’s Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC.
Larry’s greatest sense of accomplishment was in ensuring his three daughters – Barbara, Denise and Michele – pursued and obtained strong educational training graduating from Clark University, the University of Texas and the University of Florida. Throughout his life until the day he passed, he watched with joy and pride the many professional and personal achievements made by each of his three
In 1989, he sadly lost his wife of 44 years and mother of his children, Marion, to cancer.
Larry was blessed to meet and marry Norma Rodin of Ft. Lauderdale and enjoyed a very happy 22-year marriage to her until his death. She has steadfastly been his best friend and compassionate caregiver for many years.
He is predeceased by his parents Alfred and Lillian Forand, his brothers and sisters – Lillian Forand Kelly, Alfred Forand, Jr., Marie Forand Walsh, Leonard Forand, and Phyllis Forand Katzmar.
He leaves his wife, Norma, his brother, Norman Forand and wife, Peggy, and his daughters and son-in-laws: Barbara and Tom Kimball of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Michele and Craig Williamson of Palm Beach Gardens and Washington, DC; Denise and Gary Nagle of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and his grandchildren, daughter-in-law and great grandchildren: Sarah Nagle, Adam Nagle and wife, Jody, and their three boys Connor, Riley and Jaxton.
In lieu of flowers, his grateful family kindly requests donations be made in his name to the Hospice of the Palm Beaches (FL) at JFK Hospital, 5301 S. Congress Ave., Lake Worth, FL 33462 for their angelic and compassionate care of him and his family in his time of suffering.