BERNARD - Lawrence "Larry" Maynard Closson, 90, died July 20, 2015, at an Ellsworth health care facility. He was born June 28, 1925, in Sullivan, the son of Maynard Sylvester and Irene Louise (Smith) Closson.
Larry was an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1948, and an aircraft maintenance supervisor for the U.S. Air Force during 1948 and 1962. He also worked as a vehicle mechanic, garage mechanic and school bus driver. Larry was employed for F.W. Thurston Company for 6 years, The Manset Boathouse and he was Santa Clause for 35 years.
Larry was a 50-year member of the Southwest Harbor Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary for 43 years, Maine Antique Aircraft Museum, Air Force Sergeants Association, Past Captains Association, Retired Air Force SMJSGT, Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion. He received the US Navy Presidential Unit Citation with start, the US Air Force Commendation and the Coast Guard Auxiliary Commendation award.
Larry is survived by three sons, Lester Closson Sr. and wife, Beth, of Gouldsboro, Lee Closson and wife, Andrea, of Bernard and Lance Closson and companion, Michelle; two daughters, Lesa Taylor and husband, James, of Orland and Lori Goodwin and companion, Everett Beers, of Bass Harbor; sixteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren and one on the way; many nieces, nephews and loving friends. He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Lenore F. (Chessmen) Closson; and one brother, Stanley E. Closson.
Friends are invited to call 5-7 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. at the funeral home on Thursday, July 23, with the Reverend Wayne Buchanan and the Reverend Clay Gilley officiating. Interment will be at Head of the Harbor Cemetery, Bass Harbor, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Larry's memory may be made to the Tremont Congregational Church, P.O. Box 6, Bernard, ME 04612. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.