Obituary of Larry Stoner, PhD
Larry C. Stoner, PhD, 75, of Jamesville, died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at the Fahey Rehabilitation Center at Loretto. A native of Mount Union, PA, he was the son of Clifford and Helen Stoner. Larry was the first of his family to pursue higher education, attending Juniata College (class of 1965) and culminating with a doctorate in zoology from Syracuse University in 1970. Concentrating on renal physiology, he served as a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institutes of Health, and then joined the faculty at the Upstate Medical Center in the Department of Physiology. Dr. Stoner rose through the academic ranks and served as Professor and Interim Chair of the Department. He was a beloved teacher with a sarcastic wit, affecting the lives and careers of countless students and colleagues. An affable man, Larry kept his wit and sense of humor with him to the end.
Outside a successful career in academia, he had a passion in woodworking, travel and serving his church. He was an avid woodworker and craftsman. His handcrafted pieces can be found throughout his home and his sons’ homes, his church, the Jamesville Community Museum, and the Jamesville Town Square which is home to his Little Free Library creation. For many years he attended monthly meetings of the Woodworkers of Central New York club. Larry was active in the community through his woodworking and served a variety of roles at the Jamesville Community Church, where he was a member.
After retiring in 2001, he and his wife of 52 years, Louise, truly enjoyed adventures on the road traveling the country in their motorhome. Favorite destinations included a summer long trek from upstate New York to Alaska and Glacier National Park, as well as yearly trips south to escape the cold winters. His most cherished destination was the beautiful seaside town of Camden, Maine. Sailing on the Schooner Surprise in the picturesque Penobscot Bay topped his favorites in Camden
Larry was predeceased by his parents and his sister Shirley.
Dr. Stoner is survived by his wife, Louise; children Michael (Claire) and Christopher (Carrie); brother Terry (Becky); grandchildren Allyson, Natalie, Kyle and Rachel and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at the Jamesville Community Church on Saturday, January 12 at 5:00 PM. Calling hours will be at the same location starting at 2:00 PM.
Fairchild and Meech DeWitt Chapel is responsible for arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Jamesville Community Church, PO Box 277, Jamesville, NY 13078.