The House Where Larry Lived

Written by Malcolm Henderson, shared via Facebook

Larry Shane, who died on Saturday night in his house in Bocas, was for many years an outstandingly efficient and kind hearted US Warden. US Wardens serve as contacts between US citizens and the US Consulate. Larry went far beyond the prescribed duties of warden in providing compassionate help to those coping with death issues and those seeking news of missing relatives and friends. He spent his own money knowing there was no provision for funding these situations.

Larry Shane

He gave generously to Bocas education and provided the principle funding for at least two Bocas students to attend university in David.

He was the instigator of the Ripe Tide warning signs, the placement of which on beaches of Isla Colon and Bastimentos has saved many lives.

Larry came to live in Bocas some fifteen or so years ago saying he had come here to die. He had acute emphysema and forecast he would be dead in five years. Fortunately for us all he outlived his estimate by ten years.

Considering his ill heath and modest wealth, I doubt if there is any expat who contributed more than Larry.



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  1. Brett Korsgaard Reply

    Larry will be missed. His heart and intellect were appreciated by many in the Bocas community and beyond. LA, Chicago….his life story will resonate through the decades looking backwards. He did not make it to 300 years (he wanted to) but he dearly loved the time he had here.

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