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Lorenzo (Larry) Gurreri, a resident of Colorado Springs for 44 years has gone to be with his savior on January 31st at the young age of 82. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, raised in Buffalo, NY and the eldest of 6 children.  

He received a Bachelor of Science from Canisius College and a Masters in Library Science from Syracuse University. His library career spanned both the public and university sector. He was LRC Resource Information Specialist at PPCC for 25 years. Highlights of his career and achievements include the publication of book reviews and articles in publications such as Colorado Libraries and as a member of the International Education Committee he penned the World News column in the PPCC News Letter for nearly 10 years. However nothing can compare to his achievement of being the first and only person allowed an internship at the Vatican Library with the aid from a continuing education grant from Syracuse University. He was active with his church as a Third Degree Knight of Columbus, and with Cursio. Larry served in the U.S. National Guard Reserves of New York for 6 years. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Linda, who he met at the Niagara Branch Library of the Buffalo and Erie Co Library, his daughters Rosalia (Shopp) and Lucinda, 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, brothers Nicholas, Joseph, and Anthony. He is preceded in death by both his parents, sister Josephine (Fish) and brother John.

Viewing will be at Shrine Of Remembrance, 1730 East Fountain Blvd, Colo Spgs, on February 10th from 5:00 pm -7:00 pm. A celebration of life Mass will be held at Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 4925 N. Carefree Circle, Colo Spgs on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 11:00 am preceded by a Rosary at 10:30 am with a reception following the Mass.    

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  1. Larry was my Catholic sponsor when I converted to the Catholic faith in 1984. i I always appreciated not only his faith but the example he set of integrity, patience, love of family and especially his love for Linda. We spoke at length many times before I married in mid 1985 and for several years after about fidelity, transparency, following Christ’s teachings as a spouse and a parent. He was supportive of me after I became widowed in 1999 in my choices to focus on parenting and I am sure he was happy when I married an awesome Catholic man in April 2018. I will always remember how Larry’s example of living his faith, being an awesome spouse with deep respect, and his patience and encouragement in making the right choices according to our Catholic faith. He will always be remembered.

  2. Prayers from Pennsylvania. My father was named Larry also. Son of Bill and Anna.

  3. As a childhood friend of Rosie’s, Larry and Linda imprinted me with both the love of books and art. Sending love and condolences during this sad time.

  4. I learned today of Larry’s death. Larry was a long-time desk volunteer at the Catholic Center at the Citadel Mall. On behalf of the other Capuchin priests, we are grateful for Larry’s presence and service at the Catholic Center. My prayers are with his family. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
    Fr. Curtis Carlson, O.F.M. Cap.
    Catholic Center Director

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