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Lawrence A. Grabenstein

Lawrence A. Grabenstein

August 6, 1946 - June 16, 2017     Age: 70

Mr. Lawrence A. Grabenstein, age 70 of Fernandina Beach passed away peacefully on Friday afternoon, June 16, 2017 at the Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, FL. with Cheryl, his wife of 26 years by his side. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in June 2016

Born in Cumberland, MD, he was the son of the late Herman Joseph and Irene Rita Ley Grabenstein.  He was a graduate of LaSalle High School and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from LaSalle University in Philadelphia in 1968. From 1968 to 1973, Larry taught political science at Good Counsel High School located in Wheaton, Maryland.  He later earned his Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland.  In 1973, Larry began his career in the investment field, with Potomac Financial Group in Calverton, MD. He joined Raymond James in 1983 where he was the first adviser to receive top honors for 25 consecutive years. He successfully ran his business until transitioning to Wike Financial in 2012.

Larry was a longtime member of the Terrapin Club and he began his personal involvement with the organization until the early 1990’s.  He served as Terrapin Club President and was an integral part of the Maryland Gridiron Network.  He was also an M Club member.  He was the 2017 Jack Heise Lifetime Achievement Award winner.  In 2012 he and his wife moved to Amelia Island, FL. where he was active with the Museum of History as a docent.

He leaves behind his wife, Cheryl C. Grabenstein, four children; Allison Oliver, Mike Grabenstein, Kara Lanzillo and Jenna Kernus, his mother; Irene Grabenstein,  ten grandchildren, two brothers, a sister  and nieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, June 23, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 4202 Norbeck Road, Rockville, MD  20853 with the Reverend Father Patrick Carrion, Celebrant.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to: Community Hospice/Jane and Bill Warner Center for Caring, 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, Fl.,  32257

11 Condolences

  • Michael Porter Posted June 17, 2017 9:25 am

    Kim and I send our deepest sympathy and prayers to Cheryl and the entire Grabenstein family. Larry was a genuinely good guy– always fun to be around. His text messages debating baseball strategy and the Tigers’ fortunes will be missed.

  • Tom & Barb Lyons Posted June 17, 2017 8:06 pm

    Cheryl, Barb and I send our deepest sympathy, condolences and prayers to you and Larry’s family. We thank you for sharing dinner with us just a month ago, Larry seemed very happy. I pray he didn’t suffer too much in his final days, he was a good friend and classmate and he will be missed by our entire class. May God bless you in the days to follow, if you need anything, please let us know, take care. We will see you soon…

  • TERRY MCKENZIE Posted June 17, 2017 8:35 pm

    Larry was a VERY caring person all his life. Came from a very loving family, and FAMILY was important to them. He shared his love and caring with all that he knew. Larry is a rare find in today’s world….Fly high Larry–YOUR PAIN IS GONE!!

  • Debi and Audrey Collins Posted June 20, 2017 9:18 am

    Our lives are truly blessed to have known Larry and we will miss him dearly. Love, Hugs and prayers for Cheryl and family

  • Garry & Pati Imes 6/21/17 Posted June 21, 2017 9:31 am

    Cheryl. We were to meet at the Marriott for the 70th birthday celebration. Upon our arrival I asked the desk clerk for your room number so that I could leave a message. Pat and I were sad learning of Larry’s becoming ill. We want to extend our condolences and deepest sympathy. We enjoyed our time talking with you two during the 50th reunion. He loved your very much. I am proud to call him a friend although we had little time over the years. God bless you and Larry’s entire family.

  • Keith Mayo Posted June 22, 2017 11:36 am

    Larry G! One of the all time great teachers and all time great guys. I loved you in high school and thrilled we could connect later in life. Without a doubt one of the smartest guys I have ever known. I was lucky that I was able to have you in class on your way to bigger and better things, which we all knew was inevitable. farewell to a real Renaissance man. Meg and I send our deepest condolences to you Cheryl and your family. Larry will be missed by so, so many people. I am very sad.

  • Tony and jean Navitskis Posted June 22, 2017 1:33 pm

    We met Larry in 1974, soon after he started in the Financial Planning business. We learned much from Larry, and he started us off on a great retirement plan. He was a very cordial person. Its sad to hear of his passing.

  • Shirley P. Boudreau Posted June 22, 2017 4:17 pm

    Shirley Boudreau & family
    So sorry to hear of Larry passing; he will be remembered by me for his smiling face and quick humor. Having known him since the 1980’s and spending time with his family on trips, work events and sharing
    events in sadness and joy over the year, he will be missed greatly by both family and friends.

  • Torrey Smith Posted June 22, 2017 9:01 pm

    I’m thankful for the relationship I had with Larry. I was an intern for him one summer at Maryland and he taught me a lot. Not just about finances but what to value. Family and Faith. I will continue to pray for the Grabenstein family. I know there are no words for losing a loved one but I pray you find comfort in knowing that we were all blessed to have him in our lives.

  • Bob Geier Posted June 26, 2017 9:24 pm

    Cheryl. Please accept our sincere sympathy and condolences for your tremendous loss of Larry. We cannot fathom the extent of this loss to you and we will be forever grateful to Larry as he was the major factor in our economic situation that we tremendously enjoy today. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do for you.

    Louise & Bob Geier

  • Tina and Dick Devoe Posted June 28, 2017 7:53 pm

    Dear Cheryl, Dick and I send love and support to you. We honor you for your greatest love that you shared with Larry! May you be blessed with comfort.

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