Laurence Hutton Hendricks (Larry) of Warren, CT,
Age 78 passed away on March 10, 2016 in Sharon, CT surrounded by his family.
Born February 26, 1938 in Montclair, NJ son of Rodger and Olivia (Chrystal) Hendricks. He was a designer-craftsman in wood and had a love of the sea and sailing. He always said he had salt water in his veins.
He graduated from Montclair High in 1956. He met Marylyn Michael in 1955 and they were married in 1961
He attended the University of Miami for two years with an interest in marine biology. In 1959 he enlisted in the Navy and was deployed to Mayport, FL. He served aboard the USS Perry until 1963.
He began building furniture through his interest in wooden boat building.
This culminated with an apprenticeship with master craftsmen Edgar and Joyce Anderson in NJ. While working for a craftsman in New Milford, CT, he decided to stay in the area. Later he began work at Kimberly Clark (wood in its other forms).
He and Marylyn bought land in Warren, CT and built a contemporary house in 1969. They cleared the land, built stone walls, decks and spent years completing this home.
Larry began his craft business and attracted customers who sought out custom designed contemporary furniture. Larry aspired to make the heirlooms for future generations. Construction often was dovetailed with natural oil finishes and as little hardware as possible. He had a dictionary stand acquired by the Wadsworth Atheneum Art Museum in Hartford, CT.
He was often seen sailing his boat, The First Tri, on Lake Waramaug. He had the thrill of sailing on the Tall Ship HMS Rose from the Canary Islands to Barbados in 1996.
Larry is survived by his wife Marylyn, son Chris of Longmont, CO; daughter Susan of Southbury Training School in CT and daughter Kate of Warren, CT; and three grandchildren; Logan,Kiana and Louka.
He was predeceaced by his sister, Virginia Gavigan.
He will be cremated and his ashes spread at sea.
Donations in his name can be sent to:
The Warren Fire Department
11 Sackett Hill Road, Warren CT 06754
To whom we owe endless gratitude.
There will be an open house at the Hendricks home on April 16th. 2:00-6:00PM