Larry Good

Larry Brian Good

Monday, November 20th, 1950 - Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
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It is with great sorrow we announce, that on July 2, 2020, Larry Brian Good, loving husband, and step-father, passed away at the age of 69.

Larry was born on November 20, 1950 in Kitchener, Ontario to Walter and Jean Elizabeth (Voelker) Good who have pre-deceased him. In June 2006 he married Bethany Eaton and became beloved step-father to Alicia Phipps and Julia McNally (Steve). Emma and Lauren lovingly remember him as Papa.

He is survived by his wife, Bethany, and his brothers Murray Good (Ann) and Ian Good (Janet), niece Leah, nephews Craig (Sara) and Michael, and grand-nephew Saul. He is lovingly missed by his mother-in-law Anne Eaton and his sisters-in-law Laura Eaton and Margaret Eaton (Gwillym). Bethany, his family and friends, owe a great debt of gratitude to his lifelong friend, Rick Worsnop, who donated a kidney to Larry in 2005 giving him 15 more wonderful years of life and love.

Larry enjoyed working as a Piano Technician (tuning, repair and restoration of acoustic pianos) for his employer and friend, Bill Janzen, of Janzen Pianos, Kitchener, Ontario from 1977 to 2008 where he mastered the rigid discipline of tuning and repair. Bill: “For all of these years I have had a ringside seat observing the remarkable qualities that Larry had; loyalty, stoicism, friendship, long suffering, dedication, sensitivity, care, selflessness, inquisitiveness, lifelong quest for knowledge often in the face of profound physical challenges.”

He established a busy and reputable piano tuning and repair business, Larry Good’s Piano Services, being invited to tune for many churches, professional musicians and concerts. From that space of harmony and solitude in his employment Larry was able to pursue his love for the martial arts, nature, art and volunteer service. Kitchener Kicks Martial Arts studio in Kitchener, Ontario was family and second home to “Sibok Larry” for 40 years. There he achieved the level of 7th degree Black Sash along with the coveted title of “Sibok.” He was a respected and successful instructor as Sifu Larry, his method being motivation without intimidation, as well as Judge for competition and grading. Along with his expertise in Shaolin Kung Fu, Sibok Larry has also studied Praying Mantis Kung Fu and other ancient Chinese Forms.

Due to Larry’s love of gardening and passionate hard work, he and Bethany were pleased to host close to 500 visitors through their home gardens during the Stratford Garden Tour in 2016. While living in Guelph Ontario he pursued the art of Chinese Brush Painting through personal lessons and took landscaping courses at Conestoga College.

Another consistent thread throughout his life was his compassion for those suffering or in need. He always quietly gave to those struggling, whether on the street, a friend in need, his World Vision child, or his volunteer jobs at Stratford House of Blessing, Guelph’s Meals on Wheels and the Big Brother’s Association of Kitchener. Bill Janzen tells the story of both of them seeing someone breaking into Bill’s car at work. “..we ended up bringing what turned out to be a homeless person into the store, Larry and I fed him and gave him a pair of shoes. By that time the police had arrived. They were not impressed and said, “First a guy tries to rob you and then you turn around and feed and clothe him."

To those who loved him and saw the depth of his quiet, humble strength, we loved him most for his loving, forgiving, generous and gentle heart. He will leave an unfillable hole in our lives and be sorely missed.

Be at peace lovely one.
I love you. Bethany.
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Cremation has taken place. Due to the current health climate, a tribute to honour Larry and the many lives he's touched, will be held at a future date. Donations in his honour would be gratefully accepted and may be made to the Stratford House of Blessing directly at (519-273-3433) or through the James A. Rutherford Funeral Home website or by calling the funeral home at 519-271-5062.


Donations are being accepted for: STRATFORD HOUSE OF BLESSING.


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Posted at 10:44pm
Dearest Bethany -- It is with such sadness that I see your post on Larry's passing....I send you my deepest Sympathy. Although I didn't know Larry very well, he was a person that just being around him you knew he was a beautiful and very Gentle Soul. He always exuded such calm and peaceful energy that you couldn't miss when in his presence -- that is a true Gift few people have.
You've been so Blessed to share these years with him, and he with you, for I know the many many efforts and support you gave him! My Heart truly goes out to you and your daughters/family.
May you find Peace and Comfort in all the beautiful memories and know that he "Walks Beside You" and will for the rest of your Life - just in different ways now. Feel his loving Spirit and you will know...... Many Blessings and Healing to You. Sending Big Huggs -- Leta Sempf


Posted at 03:24pm
Bethany told me years ago that Larry always carried bird seed in the trunk of his car. You never knew when you would come across a need. So he lived his life, seeming to always be aware of those in need. House of Blessing was one example but there were many others, which, following his belief of humility, I learned only from others. His refusal to let his constant pain limit his life resulted in years with Kung Fu and his love of martial arts, volunteering, laughing, happy times playing joyously with the ‘grands’ ; day trips with Bethany and breakfast at their restaurant every Sunday morning. I will remember his happiness, sometimes seen only by the little smile. Compassion, understanding, honour, all hallmarks of Larry’s belief system reflected in his life. I am thankful for his gentle presence in our lives. Woven through all thoughts of Larry will be his deep love for Bethany and the life they built together; that love that encompassed and cared for her daughters, the wee ones, her extended family. Such a beautiful gift he gave us.


Posted at 08:56am
Dear Bethany and family;
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of dear Larry. I only met him once but what a life of service he lived.
A Rumi quote; Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation. Holding all of you in my Larry fly. With light; Susan Little

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Posted at 01:57am
Thinking of you, Bethany, Alicia, Julia, Margaret, Laura, Anne and Families as you remember Larry and the Wonderful way your lives were Blessed in the years you knew and Loved him. I never had the privilege of meeting Larry in person, but I believe from what I heard from all of you ... he truly was a very Special Person in your lives ... I just want you to know I am thinking of you and Praying for you and the Family ... as you carry his Memory close to you always ... Sending Love and Gentle Hugs Karen and Karmin

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