August 5, 1935 – April 4, 2013
Larry was born in Powell River BC to parents Donald and Gladys Grais. The family moved to Nanaimo when Larry was very young and he always had many fond memories of growing up in Nanaimo. As a young man Larry served in the Armed Forces, worked in the forest industry and even worked as a deck-hand on a freighter. Eventually his work led him to the commercial fishing industry. Fishing seemed to be his calling as Larry rose to become a very successful fisherman. Larry was well known as a master of gillnetting, seining and trolling. His no-nonsense demeanor and his sense of knowing where to find fish earned the respect of his colleagues. Since his retirement seventeen years ago Larry enjoyed hunting, sport fishing, time spent with grandchildren and playing crib with his friends.
Larry was pre-deceased by his father Donald (WWII), his wife Donna (nee Wheatley) of 49 years, his mother Gladys Madill and stepfather Norman Madill. He is survived by his loving children Randy Grais (Janette), Rhonda Erickson (Blake), and Norm Grais (Valerie). Larry also leaves behind three grandchildren and numerous cousins as well as nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to convey their appreciation to the staff and doctors at NRGH and with special thanks to Dr. S Rasaiah.
A celebration of life and open house is planned for 2:00pm Sunday, April 14 at 2769 Tamara Drive in Nanaimo. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.