Lawrence "Larry" Charles Mowatt, 69, died of metastatic prostate cancer on Thursday, July 28th, in the bright first-floor bedroom he built for that purpose. He was surrounded by his adoring family.
Larry, the youngest of seven, was born on May 18th, 1953 to the late Eunice Catherine (Harkins) Mowatt and Stanley Willis Mowatt of Easton. He often reminisced about his childhood, playing with friends at “the park” and, during high school, starting his lifelong fight for social justice and universal kindness. He majored in psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, but soon fell in love with woodworking. Through hard work, ingenuity and laughter, he turned this passion into a thriving business. Over decades, he improved many of Easton’s homes with his craftsmanship, and he touched the lives of those who shared their space with him and his crew.
Larry also gave his time building the community in other ways, serving on the Board of Trustees for the Natural Resources Trust of Easton and the Easton Conservation Commission. He also lent his deep knowledge of construction to multiple town building and planning committees as well as other local non-profit organizations. In his last years, he was an integral member of a support group for men with prostate cancer, modeling how to live with joy, dignity and agency through the challenges of illness and death.
Above all else, Larry was dedicated to his family. He was a model father, husband, and Papa. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Dianne Cella, his daughter Alison Shea and her husband Gregory Shea of Easton, his son Timothy Cella-Mowatt and his wife Laura Cella-Mowatt of Medford, and his daughter Hannah Tilton and husband Connor Tilton of Plymouth. He is survived by his 6 adoring grandchildren: Anna Rose (9), Lillianna Catherine (8), Sylvia Laurel (7), Peter Lucas (6), Bridget Natalie (4), and Nolan Charles (8 months).
In addition to his immediate family, he will be missed by his sisters, Eunice Harrison, Ginger Hinchliffe, and Claire Karvonen and his brother Jack Mowatt and their spouses. He was predeceased by his oldest sister, Mary Maher, and older brother, William Mowatt. He will also be remembered fondly by all of his nieces and nephews.
Larry will be missed tremendously by all who knew him. His passion, joy, humor, and deep, abiding empathy made him truly one of a kind.
The wake will be held on Thursday, August 4 from 3-6p at Southeast Funeral Home at 93 Center St., Easton, MA 02356, with a Celebration of Life to follow on Friday, August 5th at the Easton Country Club at 265 Purchase Street, South Easton, MA 02375 from 4-7p. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. If so inclined, please come with a story or song to share – musical instruments welcome. In lieu of flowers, Larry’s wish was for donations to be made to The World Central Kitchen.
The World Central Kitchen