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Former New City Fire Chief Lawrence A. Willows Sr. Dies At Age 85

World War II veteran worked for Con Edison, was member of New City Fire Department for more than 50 years.

Former New City Fire Department Chief Lawrence A. Willows Sr., who was a volunteer firefighter for more that 50 years, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. He was 85.

Mr. Willows was born and raised in White Plains, NY. He served in the Navy aboard the USS Cabot in the Pacific during World War II, receiving several commendations.

He moved to New City in 1957, raising his family of 6 children with his wife Doris. He served his community for more than 52 years as a member of the New City Fire Engine Co. No. 1, including serving as chief in 1972-73 and serving as a fire commissioner for many years.

Mr. Willows worked at Con Edison for more than 36 years before retiring and moving to St. Petersburg, FL, with his wife, where they spent more than 25 happy years among friends in the winter, returning to Rockland in the summers to be among their large family.

Mr. Willows loved playing softball, which he did for many years in his retirement. As a Kids and Kubs player he was inducted into the Softball Hall of Fame in Texas. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Doris; and his six children, son, Lawrence (Skip) Willows and wife Linda, son, Robert Willows, daughter, Ginny Wolfe and husband Tom, son, William Willows and wife Victoria, daughter, Margaret McSharar and husband John, and son, Rich Willows and wife Linda. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 4 grandchildren-in-law and 6 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Willows will be remembered by all who knew him for his kind nature, devotion to serving his community, his sense of humor and love of his family.

Viewing will be at , New City today, Wednesday, Jan. 11, and Thursday, Jan. 12 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Nyack.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New City Fire Dept., 15 Maple Ave., New City, NY

William Demarest January 11, 2012 at 03:35 PM
New City Fire Department members said they have many fond memories of Larry Willows Sr., and they were saddened by his death.
christopher treacy January 11, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Moose was a great man , Who helped and guided many including myself through the fire service in New City . He will truly be missed .From the softball fireld to the old timers dinners. RIP Moose.
Phil Costa January 11, 2012 at 06:11 PM
The New City FD has suffered the loss of great man, firefighter, and friend to all of us. He was my 1st Chief in the Department, and was often a mentor and always a Friend. "Moose" Willows spoke his mind and you knew where you stood, a rare quality in today's world. His love for the Fire Service and the safety of the Firefighters and the Community was only surpassed by his love for his Family. His passing is an end of an era. He will be missed. RIP.

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