Dear Lawrence, Well time has gone by and every day I look into your warm eyes and welcoming smile. I remember first meeting you, you were macho, gentle, inviting and of course hysterically funny. You always had an agenda for your friends and that was to have fun. Never wanting to disappoint us, you always found a way to sneak us into the greatest x-mas parties. You are my inspiration and now when I look into Gary's eyes, I see a couragous man who stives to live life to the fullest. Although you can never be replaced, I know Gary and I have a part of you in us. Thank you for showing us how to live. I miss you so much. Love, Tammie
I didn't know Larry...I am a patient of his father, who delivered 2 out of my 3 children. And as I read all the wonderful things that everyone has to say about him, I sit here with tears in my eyes and feel very, very sad for all his friends and especially his family. My heart goes out to all of you!! Debbie Shapiro
Laurence-Jon invited some people over to his apartment on Saturday Night to watch the Lewis/Rahman fight and specifically told me that you always enjoyed these times. I wish you could have been there. Although we only go back maybe 10 years I do have one picture of you which enables me to remember all the good times, a picture of you & I & Victor at a surprise party for Jeffrey Scott. I think this is the party in which the stripper was invited. I always think of you when I put on a baseball cap because you would always tell me to pull the brim down. Laurence-Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family, Love Brian & Jodi Cooperman
LP, In the short year that I knew you, you filled a life time of memories. For all the years that I did not know Gup tells me your stories on a regular basis. I remeber the Sat morning that I met you w/Guppy at Starbucks, I knew you were a great guy right away. LP your smile lit up a room, you were ever present. Your were tall not only in height but in strength, warmth, sweetness, friendship and love. I admired your love of life and family. You had the softest hands (for a guy) and the warmest heart. I miss rubbing your head with your new buzz cut. I'll miss you greatly on April 6th...you are soarly missed. With lots of Love, Odie
Larry - Thanksgiving is in 2 days - I am thankful for the many holidays I shared with you, Danny and your mom over the past few years -- I always looked forward to that first meeting of our eyes when you would walk into the house (and to the rest of the time together, too). I am thankful that I will share this holiday, again, with Danny and your mom - I will remind them of all they have to be thankful for, as you would have. And I will make them laugh. David
I was having a hard time sleeping last night and I found myself thinking about all the memories I have of you when we were younger. The saying you don't know what you have until it is gone is so true. The last time I saw you was at my brothers wedding we had a blast together, don't think I forgot about the dance you owe me! I love reading all the stories from everyone you really were a charcter. It is amazing how many lives you have touched you are an incredible person and words can not explain how much you are missed
Lutero...como esta usted? We thought of you tonight while we were doing Max's spanish homework. WE MISS YOU SO MUCH !!! Hugs and Kisses, Jamie, Max and Co.
This is really amazing, what a special tribute. It goes to show how much Larry meant to so many people. I first 'heard' about Larry over 10 years ago, when Danny and I became friends in and after high school. Danny and I had a lot in common-we were born on the exact same day, our dads were doctors and collegues in the same hospital, both our moms are Lindas, and we both idolized our older brothers. This last fact was something everyone knew about Danny, it was so evident in the way he talked about Larry. Then, when Danny and I were both living in the city during our medical/dental school years at NYU, I got a chance to experience Larry for myself- going out to bars with the Polatsch brothers. What a trip! He was so much fun, crazy, hilarious, and sweet also. I must have set him up on dates with different friends 4 or 5 times. Then, starting last May, I had a chance to spend time with Larry on a different level: he became my patient. Larry was really excited about working on his already magnetic smile. If I could tell you how he lit up the office when he came in for appointments, everyone loved him. His spirit was so positive, and always will be...I feel so lucky that I had a chance to know him. He is a once in a lifetime kind of person. You only get one Larry Polatsch. I think about him all the time, wishing he were still here. My love and prayers to Bud, Linda, Danny and Betsy, and to everyone else who knew and loved LP.
I was reading Adam's comments about center stage and I thought of a high school class picture (last page in the year book) that was taken with about 500 people in an open field. Larry was in the center with his arms extended giving the bird with both hands. The staff must have hated that but I gotta tell you... I always loved that picture.
LP, You were a really special guy who made a lot of people smile. You meant a lot to my brother and family and will be missed dearly. David.
Larry, I'm far away in Portland Oregon thinking about you all the time. And your father. And your brother. And how much you meant to your 'new' family. I remember the first time we met at my grandmother's place. I was all freaked out because I had just been travelling the world and now I was coming home to meet a whole new family. But I was so excited. I had always wanted a brother and now I was getting two. I could not have imagined what extraordinary people I was going to get as brothers. It was immediately apparent that I wasn't gaining 'step'brothers but great friends. I love you guys. I probably never told you that but I was beyond excited to know you for my whole life. I know I live far away but I was truly planning and looking towards developing a real relationship with you and Danny and maybe we could've been thrown in prison together for crashing the grammy's or something. Really man, I didn't get a lot of time with you but I, as everyone else, was changed by our meeting. I promise to be real family to your father and brother. My mom chose well and I'm the lucky recipient. I miss you and will forever consider you a brother. Ross
Hi Laurence, I really hope that you are able to read this somehow or at least know what I think of you and what I feel in my heart for you. What a truly special human being you were and what a privilege it has been to have known you and to have been so close to you. The knack you had of making a room light up and making everyone in that room feel comfortable... with you and with each other. My family became your family without question, hesitation or reservation. You made Justine feel special and you looked out for her. You made me feel like fashion queen of NYC which is indeed a compliment since your fashion sense was withou question. Your dad and I used to joke about how many minutes it would take for you to comment on something we were wearing.... and your comments were always right on and always made to make us feel good. Sometimes we don't know what we have till it's gone. I didn't know how much I respected and adored you and how much I would miss you. You brought sunshine into my family's life and we will always think of you and smile. I pray that you are happy and are continuing to make others happy wherever you are. All our love, Iris, Ross, and Justine
Dear LP, Saul and I think of you so often. We love to remind each other of all of your stories from the (in)famous to the smaller ones that you told us with your big smiling grin when were just sitting around the hot tub. We smile as we remember that weekend we spent together in August - which was the last time we saw you. I wish that we had spent more time together so that we would have more memories of you. Saul talks about you all the time â?? he has so many stories beginning when you both met in Hebrew school when you were only about 10 and you proudly showed him your Penthouse naked women â??wallpaperâ?. LP, you always made me feel so welcome. Saul and I watch the part of our wedding video over and over when you spoke about how happy you were to be there and of course you couldnâ??t help but make some jokes. L.P. we love you and please know that you are so sorely missed. We will never forget you and your memory will live on inside us both. Love Sandra
It's difficult to describe how much of my life you took with you. The sorrowful, gaping hole you left in my existance can never be filled. We shared laughter, hopes, dreams, fears and expectations. We were father and son, best friends, confidants, story-tellers, critics, commentators, comparers, and mutual supporters. You never failed to enjoy my cheesey jokes. I was always available when you were having stress or conflicts; ranging from matters of the lungs (pulmonary embolus) to matters of the heart. I hope you are in a great and wonderful place; entertaining and charming all who come in contact with you. I also hope you know how many, many, many people love you and truly miss you. Rest in peace, POPS
Laurence, It is still hard to believe that you are gone. I miss your weekend morning phone calls from the street corner. 'Look out your window' and there you were on the street waving to us. You probably had just finished your soup from the chinese restaurant at 10:00 am or coming from Cinema Diner. I often wonder to myself who will be Jeffreys comic sidekick now that you are gone. I am only beginning to realize that the position will never be filled. I will laugh at his jokes but in my heart I know that it is only you who will understand them. I miss you.
Laribal, I walked by the Harley Davidson Cafe the other day and remembered opening night. I was walking by the cafe that night when I saw this huge crowd of people. As I strugled to look over the crowd, I noticed you standing inside the rope in a suit right in the center of all of the stars, with a big smile. Some how you found your way in and you were right in the center of the crowd. You saw me and gave me one of your winks. I was so prowd to know you... One of the many, many stories of your life with the stars... Miss ya, Adibal...
LP, We all miss you so much. One thing that I think about all the time is how all of this has brought so many people back in touch. I think above everything else this is a true testament to you and how you lived your life. Justin and Marlee will grow up hearing about you and learning what a hero is. You have achieved legend status; I know you would love it. I love listening to Michael's stories about you, him, Adam, Gary and Jeffrey growing up. You are truly one of a kind and we will miss you and love always! You and your family are always in our thoughts.
I did not see Larry often but when I did it was always a pleasant suprise at a bar of course, the most chic of them all, of course...After he greated me with a big bear hug and his warm smile, he proceeded to offer to buy me and whoever I was with several cocktails... I think of him often and am inspired to live life to the fullest after learning so much about the person Larry was.. I send my love to all of your family and friends always thinking of you...
So sorry to hear about Larry, he was truly something special. Though I had not seen him in years I felt that I lost a friend as well. My condolences to Larryâ??s friends and family.
To all of Larry's family and friends ~ I have enjoyed your young man immensely, without having known him. From the Newsday article to this website, he's absolutely the kind of guy anyone would say - 'Gee, I wish I knew him'. You are all so lucky. Hang in there, and God Bless.