Community Mourning Loss of Homeless Man Found In Bus Shelter in Freezing Temperatures, Raising Money for Memorial

January 31, 2019

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

He was known as Larry the Homeless Man and he was beloved in the Village of Williamsville.

Apparently, many have tried to help Larry to get off the streets – but, unfortunately, they were unable to do so.

In a heartbreaking discovery – Larry’s body was found in a bus shelter in the frigid temperatures.

Someone who knew Larry told me he was 70-years old and has been homeless for more than 30 years.

A group known as ‘Williamsville Friends’ have started a GoFundMe Page to help give Larry a proper memorial. They say any excess funds will go to a local charity.

Here is what the fundraising page says:

“Today is a sad day in the Village of Williamsville. Larry, the homeless wonder, was found in a bus shelter from apparently freezing to death. As many of you know; Larry has been in our area for as long as we can remember. He was quiet man with many different stories about his life who never caused any trouble. So many strangers and local businesses supported him by offering him meals, spare change & a safe place to sleep at night. He never expected a thing from anyone & will forever be remembered as a legend in Williamsville. Please join us in giving Larry a proper memorial. 100% of the proceeds will go towards this campaign & any leftover funds will be donated to a local charity. It takes a Village” Thank you so much for your support!”


Here is a link to the fundraising campaign.

Rest in Peace, Larry. Rest in Peace.

If you see a homeless person on the streets – please call 911. These temperatures mean a mandatory code blue and police will take them to a shelter.


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Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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