Lawrence Joseph Glendinning, 72, of Oakland, California

Lawrence Joseph Glendinning, 72, of Oakland, California, died on February 22, 2013, at Kaiser Hospital, Oakland, after complications from an emergency surgery.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Judith Creamer Glendinning. Their marriage was never boring and was built on a deep love, shared values and mutual respect.

He is also survived by his two daughters, Catherine (Rich) Lamy of Trumbull, CT and Heather (Kourtney) McGrew of Oakland, CA and a sister Ann Haeckl of Los Altos Hills, CA, brothers and sisters in law, nieces and nephews and many cousins. Larry welcomed both Kourtney and Rich into his family as sons. He is also survived by his five grandchildren Luke, Ryan and Dylan Lamy and Ruby and EJ McGrew. He often attended their many games and dramatic pursuits, even if it meant flying cross country to do so.

Larry was a warm, thoughtful and loyal friend to many who will miss him. He was a good listener. He believed he could fix anything. A supporter of the arts, he enjoyed theater, dance and museums. He was an avid world traveler with Judith, and his interest in museum architecture turned into the impetus for many of their trips together. He was a crossword puzzle expert and delighted in books. If it was in print he read it.

With a lifelong interest in the welfare and education of children, Larry had a successful 33 year career as an elementary school teacher, counselor and principal.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:00am by meeting at Christ Church Tashua, 5170 Madison Ave., Trumbull, CT followed by interment in the Ash Garden. There will be a reception in the parish hall immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the East Meets West Foundation <; or Christ Church Tashua.