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Letter: A Loving Note About Larry Day And His Best Friend

Larry Day passed away on April 4. Why am I writing about Larry Day? Because Larry and his lifelong friend, Charlie Knuth, taught me about the value of friendship. So often we hear about women’s friendships. But let me tell you about this “guy’s friendship.“ I’ve worked at the Manhasset Public Library for 15 years and over that time I observed them and marveled at their relationship.

Until Larry could no longer engage in his daily ritual, he could be seen with his best friend, Charlie, taking their daily “good health” walk down Plandome Road, chatting up a storm. So, what did they talk about — two grown men in their 70s and 80s? Life...they shared their joy and their grief. Charlie, reflecting on his days as patent director at Pfizer, and Larry about the good ol’ days at Pepsi. But, more importantly, they chatted about their families — their grown children, grandkids, and their beloved wives, Nancy Knuth and Elizabeth Day. And when Larry got sick, Charlie faithfully visited him up to the last.

And so, we look at two senior gents walking down the road and we don’t give it a thought. But, this friendship was rare — they told the truth to each other, discarded the male ego and were there for one another emotionally. Think about it — you don’t see them anymore, but they set the example of cherished friendship of the most important kind. I miss seeing Charlie and Larry together on library bus trips — they were always such good friends.

Debbie Dellis-Quinn
Community Relations and Program Director
Manhasset Public Library