Lawrence W. Dye, 86, of Port Orange, FL and formerly of Cuba, NY, passed away at Halifax Hospice Care Center in Port Orange on June 18, 2022 following a brief illness.
Born in 1936, Larry was the son of Lawrence L. and Bernice W. Dye. He was a graduate of Cuba Central School and Lehigh University. In 1957 he married the love of his life, Caroline, and joined his father in the family insurance agency which became Lawrence Dye Inc. Son Dennis joined the agency in 1980.
Larry was outgoing, positive, kind, incredibly organized, and civically minded. He was a natural storyteller, quick to smile, loved to laugh and knew how to have fun, and he loved his hometown of Cuba and the generous spirit of the community.
Larry worked in insurance for many years, earning his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) degree and becoming the first president of Alpha Associates Inc, a group of 10 family insurance agencies in Western New York. He was a member of the Agent Advisory Councils for Travelers, Utica National, and Erie and Niagara insurance companies. He was part owner of Hasper & Dye in Belfast; Belfast Realty; and Smith, Hasper & Dye in Fillmore. He served on the board of directors for First Tier Bank and Trust for 6 years.
Larry also was a volunteer firefighter. He was a member of the Cuba Fire Department for 50 years, was its chief for five, and was named Fireman of the Year in 1981. One of his proudest achievements was chairing a community fund drive for a new Cuba firehall. He also served at the county level, working as the Allegany County District Deputy Coordinator for 15 years. He was the president of the Fire Chiefs Association of Allegany County, was Allegany County Fireman of the Year in 2002, and was an honorary member of Friendship Fire Department and the New York State Fire Chiefs Association. He received the 50-year service award from the Southwestern Association of Fire Chiefs for outstanding service.
His service to the community also included being a member and president of the Cuba Chamber of Commerce. He won the Community Service award in 1971 and Man of the Year in 1983. He was a 60-year member of the Cuba-Friendship Masonic Lodge, and member of the Ismailia Shrine and Cuba Drift Busters snowmobile club.
Larry loved cars and racing from a young age. He won the Soap Box Derby during Cuba’s Centennial. He was a race driver for two years at Cuba Lake Speedway and eventually became the announcer. His voice could be heard announcing races at tracks all over Western New York, including Angelica, Hornell, Holland, and Perry. He was the chief camera spotter for the CBS TV production crew for NASCAR coverage and also worked for Fox Sports, ESPN, and TBS. He attended or worked at over 50 Daytona 500 races in his lifetime.
Larry and Caroline became snowbirds in 2003 when they purchased a home in Crane Lakes in Port Orange. In 2018, he became a full-time resident of Florida. He was a fan and multi-year season ticket holder of both the Bills and the Bonnies.
Larry was predeceased by his parents, his son Dennis, and his wife of 61 years, Caroline. He is survived by his daughter Debby (Charlie) Slaight, five grandchildren: David and Nichol Dye, Ali and Tom Slaight, Bee (Spencer) Slaight Franklin, and cousin Nancy Trinowski.
Memorial Visitation will be held on August 27, 2022 at the Mark Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street, Cuba, NY from 10:00 A.M. until Noon at which time a Memorial Service will be held.
Burial will follow in Cuba Cemetery, Cuba, New York.
Memorials in his honor may be made to Cuba Fire Department, 51 E Main St, Cuba, NY 14727; Cuba Library, 39 E Main St, Cuba, NY 14727; Halifax Hospice Care Center, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129; or the Volusia County Council on Aging Meals on Wheels program, 420 Fentress Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114.