CONNEAUT LAKE —
Lawrence George Hillman Jr., 70, of Conneaut Lake, passed on early Friday morning, May 17, 2013, in Cleveland University Hospital, after a short illness.
Larry was born in Warren, Ohio, to Lawrence and Rumina Hillman. The Hillmans owned, operated and lived on the family farm in Bristolville, Ohio, where Larry grew up with a fondness of animals, an appreciation for horses, classy cars, music and a great love of having fun. Larry remained close to his family, friends and schoolmates his entire life.
Larry was a proud member of the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1970, trained in Fort Hood, Texas, and then stationed in Minot, N.D. It was in Dakota where he met his wife, Florence. Larry moved his new wife back to Ohio, where they welcomed the birth of their son, Michael Lawrence.
Larry worked at Peerless Winsmith, formerly H.K. Porter, for more than 30 years as a computer programmer and labor leader. Larry took his work home with him when the personal computer became prevalent and shared that love of technology with his son.
Larry also shared his great passion for flying with his son. With a great deal of respect and envy, Michael proudly followed in his father’s footprints to achieve his pilot’s license. The two enjoyed flying together in many different aircraft over the years.
Larry was an avid boater his entire life and owned his last two boats on Conneaut Lake. Always wanting to be like dad, Michael also became a boater.
In 1992, Larry and Florence were divorced but remained close friends. In 1993, Larry met Sandy Darrin of Conneaut Lake during a skating event — a hobby they both loved and shared. Sandy brought Larry an extraordinary happiness and friendship. They were engaged to be married and remained together until his passing. Sandy and Larry spent many hours enjoying their boats on Conneaut and often ate their meals together on the lake.
Larry’s quick wit and zest for life made him a popular guy, especially with his family.
Larry leaves, too early, his son, Michael (and Marie) Hillman of Cortland, Ohio; his grandson, Joseph Michael; his fiancée, Sandy Darrin of Conneaut Lake; his sister, Penny (and Jerry) Callahan of Cortland; his brother, Edward (and Clora) Hillman of Bristolville; and his brother, Thomas (and Marlene) of Bristolville.
Friends can call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Shafer Winans Funeral Home, Cortland.
There will be a graveside memorial service on Saturday at Sager Memorial Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Larry’s name to Putting Downs First Inc., P.O. Box 81, Southington, Ohio 44470; or to the Fairhaven Foundation, 45 North Road, Niles, Ohio 44446.