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Larry Aldrich passes, Rest in Peace 2 / 2016 updates
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: February 23, 2016 01:57PM

I was informed a few days ago of the passing of Larry Aldrich. He has been listed on our Cactus Corvair Club roster as a member from way back but I don't believe I ever got to meet him. He used to have a big Corvair parts yard near ASU in Tempe, Arizona.

I know he was in bad health for some time and in a nursing home recently. I have not found any further info or obituaries posted online yet. Some people here probably knew him or bought parts from him long ago and might want to learn of his recent passing.


Dave W. / Gilbert Arizona
66 Corsa 140 4-speed w/factory A/C
66 Corsa 140 4-speed w/factory A/C
66 Corsa 140 4-speed
65 Corsa 140 4-speed
66 Corsa 455 Toronado V8
65 Monza 455 Toronado V8
65 Monza 4DR 140 PG w/factory A/C
65 Monza 4DR EJ20T w/5-speed







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Re: Larry Aldrich passes, Rest in Peace
Posted by: L L Garland ()
Date: February 23, 2016 10:41PM

Very sorry to hear this. I always regarded Larry as a friend and I enjoyed the many hours I spent at his business. I remember his business motto: 'I buy high and sell low, but make it up on volume.' He was a true friend to the Phoenix area Corvair community.

Leland L Garland
65 Monza 180 66 4-sp
Phoenix AZ

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Re: Larry Aldrich passes, Rest in Peace
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: February 24, 2016 07:17AM

Sad to hear. I used to travel to his "Corvair Storage" lot quite a few times years ago. It was an amazing place. He had a friend who managed apartments in a local area that had lot's of winter flooding. Larry got all the old carpets. His Corvair lot was the only one I have ever been to that was completely carpeted! Not much of a dust issue there. But it made it a challenge when I torch cut a rust free floor out of a 64! He also always had a Corvair trunk full of cold soda and beer. He had a guy scavenge the ice from a local hocky-scating rink, after they scraped the surface with a Zamboni. Larry had quite an imagination.

I met Larry through his twin brother Terry, also a Corvair guy because of Larry. Terry lived here near me on the Calif coast.
Oh one more memorable thing about Larry. He used to pre-flight service airplanes. Before each flight a bit of the fuel is drained and tested for water contaminaton. Larry "really" tested the fuel. In fact he had a couple 50 galln drums of Av-gas in a tin shed behind his house. When ever he drove to California to visit his brother, he would put two of them drums in the back of his pickup truck and never have to stop for gas! I once told him that if I see a mushroom cloud off to the East... I'll know he ran into something.hot smiley
Larry also detailed and polished the aircraft. One time he was showing me how great this special wax-polish was. We went out to his truck and on the hood he had hit and splattered a big bug. The said "See how good that polish is? That bug was just walking along, slipped and killed himself"!

RIP Larry, Great memories.

Corventure Dave

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Re: Larry Aldrich passes, Rest in Peace
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: February 24, 2016 09:13AM

Sad day for his friends and family. That "Corvair trunk full of cold soda and beer" sounds familiar. I suspect I probably ran into him at the Toss over the years. Anyone have a picture of Larry? RIP old Corvair buddy.

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Re: Larry Aldrich passes, Rest in Peace
Posted by: manchester16 ()
Date: February 24, 2016 02:43PM

The Corvair Community lost a treasured and knowledgeable brother who was always willing to help a newbie get started with Corvairs. I had the pleasure of being his friend and hanging out at his workplace. Larry always worked with no shoes on . I asked one day why, his reply was "I have hot feet". He enjoyed my wife's spaghetti dinners when he came over the house. Larry was also very lucky, hitting numerous large jackpots at the nearby casino in mesa Arizona. In closing, Larry was always willing to help anybody and was a lifelong member of the Cactus Corvair Club in Phoenix Arizona.


Bruce levitch
Gilbert, Arizona



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Re: Larry Aldrich passes, Rest in Peace
Date: February 24, 2016 06:37PM

Dang, another great Corvair guy passes - It's great to hear your personal memories. Thanks for sharing with us. Now I wish I had met Larry & Terry!
I know another pair of twin brothers - they are a great comic team! Is Terry still Corvairing?!?

Bruce - thanks and Welcome to the CCF - hope to hear more from you too!


Dan Davis - Pierce County, WA ~ CORSA Western Director + Corvairs NW + North Cascades Corvairs + Corvanatics
1966 Corsa Turbo coupe ~ ~ 1966 140 Corsa ~ 65 Monza 140/4 'Vert Sierra Tan/Fawn (my current driver!!)
~ 1964 Monza 'Vert ~ 65 Monza 140/4 Evening Orchid w/ ivory/black int ~ 1962 Monza Wagon 102/4
1963 Rampside/Scamper ~ 1963 Red/Greenbrier ~ 1969 Ultra Van #468

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Re: Larry Aldrich passes, Rest in Peace
Posted by: Dan ()
Date: February 24, 2016 08:06PM

In the 70's there was a shop in Phoenix called, I think, Larry's Corvairs. It was around 16th St and Indian School Road. Is this the same Larry? I spent quite a few $$ there back in the day. Larry, RIP

Dan
Chandler, AZ
1966 Corsa Turbo Convertible
[corvaircenter.com]

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Re: Larry Aldrich passes, Rest in Peace
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: February 25, 2016 07:16AM

His brother Terry passed a few years ago.

The Larry's Corvairs is indeed Mr. Aldrich's place. I remember there was a bit of an issue because there was also Larry's Corvair Parts in Los Angeles. Just some slight confusion as I recall.

Another Larry memory... Do any of you remember how Larry would do the "Secret Part" deal? Larry would have something you wanted. He would set a cash price. But he also would give you another option. A lower cash price, plus a Corvair part you would be willing to trade. Now the secret was that you did not tell him what the part was! He wanted to be surprised! Larry told me that he rarely was disappointed. I thought that was quite the unique way to do business, and truly all Larry!

Corventure Dave

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LARRY ALDRICH BELONGS TO THE AGES NOW
Posted by: gmchevy ()
Date: February 25, 2016 03:07AM

I was saddened to learn of Larry's passing. He was a true gentlemen, always there for guidance on a corvair issue/repair (we learned much because of him), extraordinarily corvair savvy and a very unique and special man.

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Re: Larry Aldrich passes, Rest in Peace
Date: February 25, 2016 03:59PM

We did A LOT of business with Larry at Palm Springs - He always brought us milk crates full of cores.
Another friend gone.

Lon Wall

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Re: Larry Aldrich passes, Rest in Peace
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: February 25, 2016 08:02PM

Not many photos of Larry. Here is the last time I saw him - Palm Springs 2007.

Much of my 1965 Corsa restoration was made possible through parts from Larry's lot.

Usually a visit entailed a stop at the Circle K first for a 12-er of some cheep but cold beer. Then you show up, take 5 minutes or so of verbal wire brushing from Larry, have a big laugh, then go off and search for parts.

Typical deal from Larry: Me: Hey Larry, you have a "XXYYZZ"? Larry: He** yes! I have one of those over here in this shed - follow me. Well, it WAS here! Maybe its in that shed over there. (We find it in the third shed). These are RARE RARE RARE - not going to be cheap either! You will probably try to chisel me down on price, won't you? So give me $4 and we'll call it good. :-)

Going to miss this man! RIP Larry!


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Re: Larry Aldrich passes, Rest in Peace
Posted by: cad-kid ()
Date: February 26, 2016 07:12AM

I enjoy reading these great stories. Larry sounded like a great guy-
I'm sad to have never met him-

Jeremy (cad-kid)
Kronenwetter, WI (Central Wisconsin)
CORSA Member#031129
SOLD-9-2016 65 Monza 4spd/140
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Re: Larry Aldrich passes, Rest in Peace
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: February 26, 2016 06:46PM

Dan Wrote:
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> In the 70's there was a shop in Phoenix called, I
> think, Larry's Corvairs. It was around 16th St
> and Indian School Road. Is this the same Larry?
> I spent quite a few $$ there back in the day.
> Larry, RIP


The shop in Phoenix was different. I think it was called Thunderbird Corvair or Roadrunner Corvair or something like that. My dad used to take me there in the 70's.

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Re: Larry Aldrich passes, Rest in Peace
Posted by: Setterz54 ()
Date: February 28, 2016 08:05AM

Im sorry I never met Larry and sorry he passed away. Sounds like a great guy!

Setterz54
Fulton,MD.

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NEED Personal Info for Larry Aldrich ASAP!!! hot smiley
Posted by: manchester16 ()
Date: February 25, 2016 04:04PM

With the passing of Longtime Corvair mechanic and supporter of the Corvair HobbLarry Aldrich John Seaman (President of the Cactus Corvair Club)related to me yesterday that his body is unclaimed and sitting at the Phoenix Morgue!If anyone knows if he was in the military, please pm me.He needs to be buried with respect and dignity!John stated that the Morgue wants $600.00 to release his body!Anybody in the phoenix area that has any information, please respond. I do know he was a Pround union member of AfSCME City of Phoenix for over 25 years!


Bruce levitch
Gilbert, Arizona

SRT Hemi 2015Coupe
Monza Coupe 1967 powerglide
Volvo's-850/940 Model's



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Re: NEED Personal Info for Larry Aldrich ASAP!!! hot smiley
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: February 26, 2016 07:35AM

That is disturbing news, Bruce.

I did a little Google searching and it appears that Larry's ex-wife Ruth passed in 2004. I was not able to find any information on his twin brother Terry. Perhaps someone could search more than I did.

Regards, Mike

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Re: NEED Personal Info for Larry Aldrich ASAP!!! hot smiley
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: February 26, 2016 08:58PM

I found this funeral home obituary tonight. Not much information.

[www.legacy.com]

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Re: Larry Aldrich passes, Rest in Peace
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: February 28, 2016 08:22PM

Does anyone know how to get a hold of Gary Sudbeck? Gary used to work with Larry at his lot and may know something about his background and/or family.

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Re: Larry Aldrich passes, Rest in Peace
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: February 29, 2016 04:59AM

flat_six Wrote:
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> Does anyone know how to get a hold of Gary
> Sudbeck? Gary used to work with Larry at his lot
> and may know something about his background and/or
> family.

Yes. Gary is active in our club and aware of the situation. I talked to him before I posted this thread and he already knew that Larry had passed. Gary's number is listed in the Mesa, AZ white pages.

Our club meeting is this Wednesday so I'll ask if there are any updates.


Dave W. / Gilbert Arizona
66 Corsa 140 4-speed w/factory A/C
66 Corsa 140 4-speed w/factory A/C
66 Corsa 140 4-speed
65 Corsa 140 4-speed
66 Corsa 455 Toronado V8
65 Monza 455 Toronado V8
65 Monza 4DR 140 PG w/factory A/C
65 Monza 4DR EJ20T w/5-speed




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Re: Larry Aldrich passes, Rest in Peace
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: March 03, 2016 09:56AM

Update:

At the club meeting last night we voted to assist in raising money to pay for Larry’s cremation. If anyone here would like to contribute we will collect funds towards the cause. You can either send the donation by snail mail to the club mailing address or to the club Treasurer’s PayPal address. The club itself does not have a PayPal account. Cactus Corvair Club has donated $100 towards the $600 goal.



All funds collected will go to the Coroner’s office through the club and not to any individual. Funds received in excess of the goal will be returned.

The club plans to have a small memorial ceremony for Larry, probably during our annual gathering out near the beautiful Superstition Mountains in early April.


Donations by mail at;

Cactus Corvair Club
PO BOX 1162
APACHE JUNCTION AZ 85117-4047


Donations via PayPal;

Please use the “Send money to friends and family” option.
Send to our club Treasurer Joe Lewis joelewis33@cox.net

Joe or I will update the goal progress here as funds are received. We will not list individual names or donation amounts unless requested.

Thank you,


Dave W. / Gilbert Arizona
66 Corsa 140 4-speed w/factory A/C
66 Corsa 140 4-speed w/factory A/C
66 Corsa 140 4-speed
65 Corsa 140 4-speed
66 Corsa 455 Toronado V8
65 Monza 455 Toronado V8
65 Monza 4DR 140 PG w/factory A/C
65 Monza 4DR EJ20T w/5-speed




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