Services:

A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church on the Green, 3 Lewis Street, on Saturday, December 7, at 11 AM. Shiva will follow on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Church residence from 12-5 PM.

 

 

Donations:

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to STAR, Inc., 182 Wolfpit Ave., Norwalk, CT, or the First Congregational Church on the Green, 3 Lewis Street, Norwalk, CT.

Lawrence Du Rant Church


February 2, 1952 - December 4, 2019

Lawrence Du Rant Church, a lifetime Norwalker, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.

Larry was born in Norwalk, Feb. 2, 1952.  He attended Norwalk public schools, graduating from Norwalk High School in 1969.  He attended Kenyon College followed by University of Connecticut Law School. Marrying his high school sweetheart, Beth Liebman, he returned to Norwalk, where he began a career practicing law.  He partnered with Charles Pirro III to open Pirro & Church, LLC, where he worked for over 35 years.  

Larry had deep roots in Norwalk.  He made a commitment to raising his family here and was a dedicated father who always made time for family, both immediate and extended.  

He was deeply involved in the Norwalk community, serving on the Common Council, along with stints on Planning & Zoning and Redevelopment.  He also volunteered on numerous local boards. He was fond of singing, with a melodious baritone that he shared Sunday mornings in the First Congregational Church Choir, as well as any time the mood struck him (which was always).  He was also a huge baseball fan, having rooted for the Dodgers ever since seeing a left-handed Duke Snider on TV in the mid ’50s. He coached each of his sons’ baseball teams in the Cranbury League.  

Larry is survived by his beloved wife, Beth; his siblings Allen, Randall, and Clara; his children John (wife Sara) and Michael, both of Norwalk; his grandchildren Daniel and Benjamin; and his mother-in-law, Lenore Liebman.  He is predeceased by his parents, Lorna Henry Church and Gerald Du Rant Church, and his father-in-law, Bernard Liebman.

A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church on the Green, 3 Lewis Street, on Saturday, December 7, at 11 AM.  Shiva will follow on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Church residence from 12-5 PM. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to STAR, Inc., 182 Wolfpit Ave., Norwalk, CT, or the First Congregational Church on the Green, 3 Lewis Street, Norwalk, CT.

  1. How to you put into words your sorrow for such a loss. He was a true gentleman and the best story teller ever. He had an amazing voice and I loved to hear him sing. He is someone the world was lucky to have and he will be missed by every person that knew him and all the lives he touched. Beth my heart breaks for you losing the love of your life you two were a couple that knew the true meaning of love. John and Michael to lose a father is a void that will never again be filled, but you both should know how very proud of both of you he was. His legacy will live on through you both. My life was enriched by knowing him. Rest in peace my friend.

    December 5, 2019
    Angela Lepore -
  • My condolences to Beth and the rest of the family. Larry was one of a kind, with a smile and a story for everyone. I am shocked and saddened. May he rest in peace.

    December 5, 2019
    Allia Zobel Nolan -
  • Beth, John and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Larry. He was always quick with a smile, a handshake and a funny comment or story. We will miss seeing him at services and events. We hope your fond memories are a comfort to you in the coming weeks and months. Our thoughts are with you and we are smiling with a tear as we remember Larry and his abundant spirit.

    December 6, 2019
    Brian and Amy Kesselman -
  • To the family of Larry—
    My husband and I spent years it seemed calling Larry,meeting in his office,n court house for matters concerning my husbands daughter -I and my husband had never met such a wonderful man,compassionate,fabulous in defense n court room ,we never lost! how could we he gave his heart n soul to what he believed in. of course there was the great story telling along with my stories for I had many meetings would be long and then there was his hats,never did we see him without except behind closed doors- may you rest in peace Larry and may your family know those who knew him loved him and share the loss with you

    December 6, 2019
    donna huot-benz -
  • Dear Beth, John and Michael, we are so sorry for your loss. Larry was such a wonderful person who was full of life, so it is so hard to believe that we will no longer see him singing in the FCC choir. We pray that your memories will help to bring you peace and comfort, and know that you are in our prayers. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you need anything.

    December 6, 2019
    Brenda and Herb Grant -
  • Larry was a lifetime friend who gave his time and effort to charitable causes. He had great knowledge about Norwalk and knew stories
    about its residents and landmarks. Condolences to his family and many friends. He will be missed.

    Ralph Bloom – December 6, 2019

    December 6, 2019
    Ralph Bloom -
  • So sad to hear of Larry’s passing. He was one of the stalwart members of our FCC Church. We all grew up together going to “Sunday School’ in the basement under the Parish Hall. I always enjoyed watching him sing in the choir – so enthusiastic! Even though I moved away from Norwalk, I always knew that when I came home and went to Church, he’d be there. Especially after just seeing him a few weeks ago, it’s so hard to imagine not seeing him again. He was a standout, a one of a kind guy not to be forgotten. His Spirit will live on through all who knew him. ❤
    My heartfelt condolences to his Family and all who are feeling his loss.

    December 6, 2019
    Laura G Kane -
  • Michael, Beth and Family
    So sorry to hear of Larry’s sudden passing.

    His service to Norwalk over the years was terrific. His entertaining stories and baritone voice at First Congregational Church on the Green was something I looked forward to when I attended church services. And his hat choices!

    December 6, 2019
    Diane Lauricella -
  • Although Eileen ad I left Norwalk more than a decade ago, Larry has remained in our hearts and mind constantly. We are shocked and saddened by his passing and we will always remember him.

    December 6, 2019
    John Harrington -
  • I first met Larry as a young lawyer in I believe it was 1990. Enjoyed a lot of good times together. To Beth and the family our condolences. I will be out of town Saturday but will pay our respects on Sunday. Godspeed Larry.

    December 6, 2019
    Gregory Miller Esq -
  • It has truly been a great pleasure to share an office with Larry the last couple of years. I feel my life has been enriched over developing a friendship with him, a unique individual and a noble gentleman. I will miss our hour long discussions at the end of the day when we both should have been heading home to our wives. Often on themes such as Irish Ancestry, the history of Norwalk, or those groups who have bishops and those who do not. Larry I will miss you! And I offer my condolences to your wife Beth and your children of whom you always spoke very fondly and proudly. Des Nolan.

    December 6, 2019
    Desmond Nolan -
  • I am sending my prayers to the loved famiily of Larry. My husband and I were clients of his. He was so understanding and wonderful to work with He was also brilliant. He was there for my family at a crucial time. I am devastated with the news of his death. I will always remember his kindness and his understanding. God bless you all at this sad time.

    Marie Crispi
    Peter Crispi (son)

    December 6, 2019
    Marie Crispi -
  • I had known Larry since we were kids. Both of us came out of East Norwalk. Larry and family next to my grandparents on Cove Avenue . We spent time down there while we grew up. I am so sorry that my friend has passed. So young and it is sad. We are sending our sincere condolences to Larry’s wife and family along with his siblings as well. May God give you comfort and peace.

    December 6, 2019
    Scott Trowbridge -
  • It breaks our hearts to receive this news. Larry was warm, funny, vivacious, and brilliant, and we loved him. Our deepest condolences for the loss of this wonderful and irreplaceable man.

    December 7, 2019
    Cee and Boris Moreyn -
  • The Lord is my Shepard…I learned a lot about you today Mr. Church and nothing surprised me. May you Rest In Peace. Sending prayers to your beloved family and friends. I can’t even imagine this church without you. I’ve been with this FCC on the green for well over 35 years so I’ve known you for that long, You are an amazing person and I am a better person to have known you.

    December 7, 2019
    Dawn Bolling and Iris Nelson -
  • Larry was a friend for many years. We were born a month apart and began our legal careers in Norwalk during the 1970s. A few years ago, we tried a case together before a jury for our respective clients (co-defendants) — a case that we won. He was a very good man and will be missed by all whose lives he touched. Rest in peace, faithful advocate. Jim

    December 8, 2019
    James A. Fulton -
  • I am saddened beyond telling to learn just today of the recent passing of my old friend Larry Church. Larry and I were friends for some sixty years. We grew up together in the Cove Avenue neighborhood of East Norwalk and shared a lifelong common interest in history, Long Island Sound, sailing, and everything that made Norwalk a unique place. Though Larry’s love of home kept him rooted to Norwalk while my career took me elsewhere, we managed to get together most years and spent countless happy hours debating politics, dissecting history and puzzling over the world together. Larry was a brilliant raconteur and so many of his insights remain unforgettable. Larry was a loving husband to his cherished Beth, a proud and doting father to John and Michael, a stalwart friend, a kind, generous and thoroughly decent man. He will be deeply missed by all who had the good fortune to know him. Sail on, my friend. The sea is vast.

    December 27, 2019
    Peter O'Donohue -
  • Beth,
    I heard from Charlie that Chunko had passed and was shocked. Very sorry.
    Peace and love.

    January 17, 2020
    Scott Miller -
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