06-11-2009, 08:55 AM
Jack Ardoyno | Larry Sapp
I have very sad news to share with the Seawind community. Tuesday morning Larry Sapp died in Cross City, Florida. Larry has been a very enthusiastic and sharing Seawinder for a long time and a very special personal friend of mine. I admired his spirit and tenacity. I remember that, even though his hearing was virtually non existent, even with headphones, we spent five days wearing out his airplane on the water in Hayward until he felt comfortable with his water work. Giving up was not an option. He often offered his airplane at Splashins for demos and motivation rides and couldn't have been more gracious and generous. In fact grace and generosity were the hallmarks of this southern gentleman.
It was in the fall of 2006 that Larry told me he had suffered a stroke and in March of 2009 that he had the additional diagnosis of ALS. The last two and a half years have been a very stressful time for Larry and Karen, his wife.
I brought Larry's airplane, N514KT, to Hayward to sell it in July last year and, although it has sold twice, both sales fell through, probably because of the decline in the economy. I will be advertising it again soon and ask that Seawinders please steer any prospects my way.
Funeral services will be held this Saturday, June 13th, at 2:00 PM at the Rick Gooding funeral home in Cross City, Florida.
06-11-2009, 09:15 AM
Tom Saccio | Larry Sapp
It is very sad indeed to hear of Larry's passing. He was a kind and gentil soul. He will be missed in the Seawind community. Our prayers go out to Larry and his family.
Tom and Sandy Saccio
06-12-2009, 10:07 AM
Larry will be missed by those of us at Planemakers, Inc. and by all who knew him.
Our thoughts go out to Karen and the rest of Larry's family.
All the guys at Planemakers, Inc.
06-13-2009, 02:30 PM
bcarlson | Remembering Larry
Some of our newer members may not know much about Larry. I have attached a couple of photos. Larry was a terrific friend with a heart of gold.
At the 2002 fly-in in Sarasota, Larry gave me a ton of extremely helpful advice and encouragement about my Seawind project. The value of his friendship can't be described.
At the Duluth fly-in in 2005 my family and I got to visit with Larry quite a lot. Larry offered his Seawind so that Jack could give me a flight. Thank you Larry and Jack.
My condolences go to Larry's family, friends, and those who knew him.
06-14-2009, 05:54 AM
rwolf | Dick Wolf
Larry was finishing his plane at Bowes Aviation when I started mine. We had at least 6 months overlap which allowed me to spend time and dinners with him, which I thoroughy enjoyed. I was sad when he couldn't fly anymore but I had no knowledge of his ALS. I miss our time together and my thoughts and prayers accompany him. This is another example of the good going first.
06-14-2009, 08:34 AM
Gone Flying | With Wings of Eagles
I never had the opportunity to meet Larry face to face but we established a meaningful relationship via the phone and our question and answer sessions.
I had a lot of respect for Larry, he was courteous and humble. He also embodied the spirit of the experiment aircraft community. I will miss him but I am sure he is flying as with the wings of eagles.
06-18-2009, 07:18 PM
bcarlson | Larry's Obituary