Lawrence (Larry) Kenneth Sprague


“That’s A Life You Can Hang Your Hat On…” — Montgomery Gentry

Lawrence (Larry) Kenneth Sprague, born June 17, 1932, in Bar Harbor to Hattie Mae (Martin) and Kenneth Carr, passed away on Jan. 2, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla., after a brave, six-year battle with esophageal cancer. Larry was predeceased in life by his younger brother, James (Jim) Malcolm, his youngest son, Kenneth Carr Sprague II, his wife and his parents. A final, most reverent and beautiful “Going Home” veteran’s ceremony with ringing of the bells was held upon his passing at the VA Hospice and Larry was given final commendation, farewell and rite of committal by Father Dan Devore, Catholic chaplain.

Larry was a decorated U.S. Navy veteran, having served as a chief radio operator on the USS Laertes during the Korean War. While in the service, he met Leora Joy Reames, and they were later married and remained as such until her death on March 27, 1997. After his service to country, Larry settled his family in Chicago, where he worked in the electrical engineering field teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and designing microwaves, televisions and ham radios at Zenith and Bell & Howell. Larry eventually relocated his family to his birthplace of Bar Harbor in the late 1970s and began a career in culinary arts working for various local establishments including Testa’s Restaurant, Acadia Restaurant, The Brick Oven Restaurant and Summit House.

He is survived by his two daughters, Janet Marie (Sprague) St. Hilaire and Joyanna Mae Sprague, and two of three sons, Richard Warren and Sterling Kenneth. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Takeisha Leora St. Hilaire, Jairmiya Isaac St. Hilaire, Holly Christina Sprague, Pamela Megan (Sprague) Martin, Christopher Gerard Sprague and Lawrence Kenneth Sprague II and great-grandchildren: Derick, Sebastian, Angelica, Isaac, Isabella, Mariah, Terry, Krista, and Xander. He will be forever remembered as a gentle, selfless, reserved, loving father and grandfather who thought before he spoke, wished well for everyone that crossed his path, and worked hard for those he loved.

“The song is ended, but the melody lingers on…” — Irving Berlin, American composer.

Know when to pay your respects.