‘Today, we lost a great American hero and friend’

Sep 04 2019 | 02:11 PM

    Here’s a sampling of how people remembered state Sen. William J. Larkin Jr., who died Sunday at the age of 91:

    “He was a dedicated advocate for his constituents, especially veterans, military personnel and their families. Senator Larkin was tough, but also fair-minded and compassionate. His long and well-respected career was highlighted by, among other things, his class and grace.”

    Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus“Foremost, I extend my heartfelt condolences to Senator Larkin’s family, especially his beloved wife, Pat. He cherished his family above all else and would occasionally remind me, ‘happy wife, happy life,’ a reflection of his devotion and admiration for Pat. I’m deeply saddened for their loss. Bill Larkin’s lifetime of service and unwavering dedication to our country will live on as an inspiration. May his memory be a blessing to the countless lives he touched.”

    State Sen. James Skoufis

    “Today, we lost a great American hero and friend, State Senator William J. Larkin. His positive impact on our community will be felt for many years and never forgotten. Thank you, Senator, for you friendship and your service to our state and country.”

    Assemblyman Karl A. Brabenec

    “His legacy of selfless service set the standard for others to follow and be measured by. I know our entire region will mourn Senator Larkin in the coming days and always rejoice in his legacy.”

    Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt

    “There has been no finer statesman for the Hudson Valley over the past four decades than Bill Larkin. Our area has been blessed to have been represented by such a humble, kind and caring person. He embodied all that is good about humanity: his heroism, his tireless passion for those who lived in New York, the devotion to his country and his advocacy for veterans across our nation – which forever will live on in the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor. The Town of Monroe is extremely grateful for all of Senator Larkin’s support over the years. Our prayers go out to his wife Patricia and his family.”

    Town of Monroe Supervisor Tony Cardone