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Updated: 05/09/2014 08:00:00AM

Lawrence D. Lamkay

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Lawrence D. “Larry” Lamkay, 71, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Thursday, May 8, 2014, at Tidewell Hospice House in Port Charlotte, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Feb. 7, 1943, in Jersey City, N.J., to Joel Lamkay and Miriam Goldberg Lamkay.

Larry came to Miami Beach, Fla., when he was 3 years old. He served four years in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a fireman, and retired from Florida Power & Light in 1997, after 33 years of service. Larry had a passion for Classic cars, and was well-known as “Curly” by every car dealer in Charlotte and surrounding counties. He loved to play pool with his many friends at the Moose Lodge; to meet with the “gang” at the Murdock McDonald’s every morning; and riding his Motorcycle for the past 50-plus years. Larry was a very loving, giving man, and a cherished friend to all who knew him.

He is survived his wife, Nancy (Carter) of Port Charlotte; stepsons, Philip (Jeane) Carter of Port Charlotte, Scott Carter of Naples, Fla., Andrew Carter of Port Charlotte, and Matthew (Kelly) Carter of Port Charlotte; and grandchildren, Candace, Trey, Alexis, Brianna, Ashton, Hailey and Drew. Larry was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, 2405 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte. Please visit the online tribute for Lawrence D. Lamkay at, to sign the guest book and offer condolences. Donations in his memory may be made to Tidewell Hospice.

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