Wayne Larkin, 77, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2015, after a ten year struggle with dementia. He spent his last hours with his family by his side. He was a dedicated and loving husband, a proud and caring father to his two sons, and a doting grandfather to his two grandchildren. He met and married his wife Marguerite Larkin in Florida and lived and worked there for many years before relocating to Norfolk. Immediately after college, he served in the U.S. Army and the Army Reserves, rising to the rank of captain. He was a skilled athlete who played college football and baseball at Tennessee Tech, had an exceptional golf swing, and coached his sons in soccer and baseball. He was an avid fisherman, whose fishing tales could often be verified by those who joined him on the boat. He was a dedicated member of the United Methodist Church, frequently singing in the choir and volunteering his time. In his professional life he was an electrical engineer with public utility companies and received an award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for his innovative work designing electrical substation components.
He is survived by his wife Marguerite Larkin, his sons Mike Larkin and Andy Larkin, daughter-in-law Ann Larkin, his grandchildren Matthew Larkin and Abigail Larkin, his siblings Bob Larkin (Carole), James Larkin (Maria), Ann Croswell, and Wanda Bennett (Nolan), and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Jolena Lewis, Ashley Calway, and the Medi Hospice team for the care they provided in his last year.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 6 at 3 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Norfolk located at 2709 Greendale Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org or St. John’s United Methodist Church at 2709 Greendale Ave. Norfolk, VA 23518.
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