Lawrence “Larry” DelGrego, Jr.

Lawrence “Larry” DelGrego, Jr.

ILION – Lawrence “Larry” DelGrego, Jr., passed away at home, on Sunday, June 9, 2024, after a courageous year-long battle with cancer. He was 59 years old. He was surrounded by his loving family who cared for him until the end.

Larry is survived by his beloved wife, Kimberly, of almost 35 years; his 3 children, Luke (Alexandra Hunt) DelGrego, of Sauquoit, NY, Troy (Logan Edson) DelGrego and Paige (Mark Hennings) DelGrego, of Ilion NY; and his granddaughter, Collins DelGrego, the twinkle of his eye. He is also survived by his sister, Tracy (Donna) DelGrego and their 3 children, Zach DelGrego, of Miami FL, Matt DelGrego and Kate DelGrego, of Webster NY; his brother and sisters-in-law, John (Jolene) Day II, of Cedar Lake NY, Gregory (Mary) Day, of Clayton NY and Timothy (Pattie) Day, of Ilion NY. Larry leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Larry was predeceased by his parents, Lawrence (Babe) DelGrego and Elisabeth (Chic) DelGrego and John (Jack) Day and Charlotte Day; and a cherished nephew, Jack Day.

Larry graduated from High School in 1983 and continued his education at Morrisville, graduating with an Associates Degree in Automotive Technology. Machines and engines continued to be a passion throughout his life. Larry never stopped learning new skills and added carpentry to his repertoire. He could make anything, fix anything and build anything. In addition to his own homes, he willingly shared his skills with others and was always a call away.

Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, Larry continued the high-quality craftsmanship of Parker gun restoration and repair at Larry DelGrego and Son. He earned the respect of antique collectors, hunters and sportsman, throughout the nation.

Larry was a proud Ilion Firefighter for over 32 years and an active-duty Deputy Chief.  As a firefighter, Larry received many distinguished awards and accolades for his services performed at the line of duty. His most rewarding accomplishment, however, was training and mentoring new firefighters.

A three-season athlete himself, he continued his love of sports by coaching the young athletes in Ilion. His coaching usually included one or more of his children and crossed multiple seasons:  Pop Warner Football, Pee Wee Wrestling, AYSO Soccer, Little League Baseball and girls’ softball.

Larry loved his hobbies and included his family in golfing, boating, camping at Moffitt’s Beach and truck pulling. Shopping may not have been one of his preferred hobbies, but he never missed a trip to the mall with Kim.

He was a member of the Annunciation Church, Ilion Fish and Game Club, International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 1185 and a 4th degree member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus.

A true role model to his children, he was always willing to help, generously giving and most importantly, guiding them through all life milestones. His devotion and admiration for Kim set an example for their own relationships. Their best memories are ones spent with him. There was nothing he was prouder of than his marriage and his children.

Sustained by the devotion and love of his entire family, Larry fought until the very end.  He wanted nothing more than additional time with them.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Ilion Firefighters, Local 1185, at 1 Central Ave, Ilion, NY 13357.

Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours, on Friday, June 14, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd, Ilion, NY. (315) 894-8000. The Ilion Knights of Columbus will gather at the funeral home, on Friday, at 3: 00 p.m., for a Ritualistic Service. As a concluding evening tribute, any active and all area fire departments are invited to join members of the Ilion Fire Department, at 7:00 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home, for a Ritualistic Service.

His Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at the Church of the Annunciation, West Street, in Ilion, New York and interment shall follow at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion.

Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com on the Internet.