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Folks Of Interest Sad day for Autorama & CASI,... JR. Larivee passed away today

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Harms Way, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,869

    Harms Way
    Member

    Well it's been a trying 24 hours,.... My wife and I had to make the 2 1/2 hour drive down state for the 40th. annual MHRA Picnic,... Our club was the Host club... The alarm was set for 4:00 A.M., Got everything set up for the guests that started showing up at 9:00 ,........

    Everything was going smooth until my old pal Harry McAllufe told me that a old friend from the Michigan Hot rod scene ever scene the 1950's Don Brown passed away........

    Just on the heels of that my pal Clyde gets a call...... "Your kidding" he said,.. "When ?",........ "Do they know what happened ?"........ "Well keep us posted on the details",....... "Thanks"........... Clyde looks at me with a rare but serious expression, and said JR died this morning !,.... Yeah, He was washing his car in the driveway and it looks like he had a heart attack....



    I have known JR and his Dad Bob for a number of decades as they work with the MHRA to promote the Detroit Autorama,... In most recent years it looked like JR was doing more and more as it seemed his Dad, Bob Sr. was preparing to turn the reins over to JR. JR. was a passionate car guy and a first class guy when it came to CASI and car show promotion...... JR will be sadly missed at Autorama as well as a number of ISCA shows.

    Please keep Bob Larivee and JR's entire family in prayer as this is a tragic loss to the family..... JR was only 61 years old.

    So-long JR.......
    [​IMG]

    JR, in the Dream Rod 1963 (thanks Kustomrama)
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2012
  2. John Denich
    Joined: Nov 20, 2005
    Posts: 2,718

    John Denich

    Very Sad...I have had some great conversations with both SR and JR over the years! prayers to his family...RIP JR
     
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font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} </style> <![endif]--> [FONT=&quot]I couldn't believe this when I got a call this afternoon.
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    [FONT=&quot] I assume you know by now that Tom Williams who was a co-owner of CASI passed away after his long and painful fight with cancer just last Thursday. That was something that we were prepared for since he had been fighting even longer than Al Maynard (another one who fought long and hard.)

    But today's news was just so much harder to take for sooo many reasons - JR Larivee dead today of a heart attack.

    Ron Lucas who was leaving in the morning from TN with Bob Millard to attend Tom's wake/funeral. He told me that Bonnie heard JR's car when he came home and when he didn't come in to the house she went out to see what was up. She found him on the driveway and called 911, but he was already dead.

    I really feel so sad for Bonnie having just lost their daughter in that horrible car/truck accident....and now this.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Please say a prayer for Bonnie, Senior and the rest of the Larivee family[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]
    Dennis[/FONT]
     
  4. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
    Posts: 20,762

    hotrodladycrusr
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    Extremely sad day for the Michigan classic car community. My deepest heartfelt condolence to his family and many legions of friends :(
     

  5. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 26,385

    Jalopy Joker
    Member

    Sincere sympathy to his friends and especially to his Family.
     
  6. safari-wagon
    Joined: Jan 12, 2008
    Posts: 1,457

    safari-wagon
    Member

    Crap... 61, that's just too damn young for him to go!

    GodSpeed JR. We'll miss ya.
     
  7. That family has more than it's share of tragedy. My sympathies to Sr. and all the family for this loss. Losing a child is a terrible thing and JR lost his daughter and now SR. has lost his son. Very sad.
    RIP
     
  8. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,869

    Harms Way
    Member

    The loss of family and friends and ongoing health issues with the Larivee Family and close friends is unbelievable,.... That this many heartaches can follow one family is truly sad,..... like I said keep them in your prayers,... They need it.
     
  9. 57belair
    Joined: Jan 5, 2008
    Posts: 95

    57belair
    Member Emeritus
    from Michigan

    Yet another tragedy for the Larivee family, so
    sad to hear of the loss of JR at such a young age.
    So sorry to friend Bob and the whole Larivee family.
    Dave Jenkins
     
  10. Tom davison
    Joined: Mar 15, 2008
    Posts: 5,432

    Tom davison
    Member
    from Phoenix AZ

    M thoughts and prayers to Mark, Janine, Bonnie, and especially to Senior. I've known JR since he was 14.

    In the business of event promotion, the Larivees always stood out as very honorable and fair, the gold standard.

    JR will be missed.
     
  11. bashton
    Joined: Dec 9, 2004
    Posts: 189

    bashton

    R.I.P. JR!

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Larivee family.

    Bob Ashton
     
  12. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,447

    40StudeDude
    Member

    Condolences to the family...

    R-
     
  13. RPL
    Joined: Mar 22, 2011
    Posts: 62

    RPL
    Member

    Our condolences to Bonnie, Senior and the Larivee families. So sorry for your losses.
     
  14. Red Whitmore
    Joined: Aug 27, 2012
    Posts: 1

    Red Whitmore
    Member
    from Tennessee

    Sorry to here this... Even though I have been away from the car show end of things for awhile I will always remember Jr and considered him a great friend..... RIP
     
  15. ToddJ
    Joined: Jul 11, 2008
    Posts: 1,408

    ToddJ
    Member
    from Marion, IA

    My thoughts and prayers to Sr and the Larivee family. Sad news! RIP Jr.
     
  16. jivin jer
    Joined: Sep 14, 2008
    Posts: 3,062

    jivin jer
    Member

    Spent some time with Bob at Houston Autorama last year. You just never know, very sad.
     
  17. zmandet
    Joined: Feb 29, 2008
    Posts: 38

    zmandet
    Member

    A Sad Day for for CASI and the Entire legion of Gearheads and Rodders, R.I.P. JR.
     
  18. Received this from Peter Toundas JR's partner a CASI:

    Date: August 27th, 2012
    To: All Friends and Colleagues of Bob Larivee Jr.
    From: Pete Toundas

    It is with shock and great sadness that I am writing to tell you that my business partner and close friend Bob
    Larivee Jr. has passed away.
    A massive heart attack took him from us far too soon.
    JR was woven into the fabric of the Autorama and World of Wheels custom car show world from the time he
    was a very young man. He spent his entire life producing the best custom car shows in the country. He was
    completely devoted to his craft and did everything with professionalism and a sense of camaraderie.
    Devotion was a familiar feeling for JR. He has been a devoted husband to Bonnie and his three girls, Megan,
    Kara (who preceded him in passing) and Lindsey.
    Knowing this will be a shock to all who read this, please try to remember the good times. There were far too
    many to count.
    The arrangements for Bob Larivee Jr. are as follows:
    Funeral Home: Potere-Modetz
    Tuesday, August 28th: 5:00 p.m. ? 9:00 p.m. 339 Walnut Boulevard
    Wednesday, August 29th: 2:00 p.m. ? 9:00 p.m. Rochester, MI 48307

    Funeral: Abiding Presence Lutheran Church
    Thursday, August 30th: 1550 Walton Boulevard
    Viewing: 10:00 a.m. Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Rochester Hills, MI 49309

    Luncheon Immediately following the funeral service at:
    Royal Park Hotel
    600 E. University
    Rochester, MI 48307

    In lieu of flowers, donations to Leader Dogs for the Blind would be appreciated.
    Hotels:
    Fairfield Inn Crown Plaza Hampton Inn
    1294 Opdyke Road 1500 Opdyke Road 1461 N. Opdyke Road
    Auburn Hills, MI 48326 Auburn Hills, MI 48326 Auburn Hills, MI 48326
    (248) 373-2228 (248) 373-4500 (248) 370-0044
    $79.00 s/d $99.00 s/d $99.00 s/d
     
  19. Mike Rick
    Joined: Aug 27, 2012
    Posts: 1

    Mike Rick
    Member
    from Minnesota

    I had known JR for 33 years. I considered him a good friend. This is a great loss for our car culture community. I first meet him when I was president of the Minnesota Street Rod Assoc. He wanted MSRA to work with him to put on the World of Wheels car in St Paul MN. We did that and JR has been a friend ever since. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Larvee family. The wife talked to Bonnie today and Bonnie said she is doing Ok so far. Some of our fondness memories go to staying with Bonnie & JR at the "ranch" in Colorado. JR loved the mountains and hiking in them. Had some great times on those hikes.

    Rest well my frined...
     
  20. Marcy
    Joined: Apr 6, 2004
    Posts: 1,540

    Marcy
    Member

    Sad news indeed, I've had such great dealings with JR and the World of Wheels Shows over the years.
    R.I.P.


    Marcy
     
  21. Just received a phoecall from my good friend Tramp Warner in regards to this terrible news, you will be greatly missed Bob Jr. Our deepest condolences to the entire Larivee family from all of the Ontario Pinstripers group whom you've been gracious hosts to for many years at the Detroit Autorama.
     
  22. jerry dixey
    Joined: Oct 22, 2006
    Posts: 39

    jerry dixey
    Member

    I have been privileged to know the Larivee family for many years. When you are fortunate enough to be able to make a living in this Chrome Plated Carnival world many of your closest friends are the ones that are on the road with you. JR, Senior, Janine and Bonnie are part of that “road family”. Great folks each and every one. Some here may not realize what an impact the Larivees had our show car and hot rod culture. Take a minute and Google the names and find out. My deepest condolences go out to the entire family. This coming March marks the 50<SUP>th</SUP> Ridler Award. Maybe it should be known as the Ridler / Larivee Award for the next 50 years. God Speed JR.
     
  23. [QUOTE This coming March marks the 50th Ridler Award. Maybe it should be known as the Ridler / Larivee Award for the next 50 years.

    I second that motion.

    Rest in peace my friend.
     
  24. RPL
    Joined: Mar 22, 2011
    Posts: 62

    RPL
    Member

    The lettering and pin striping on JR's casket was a fine tribute. Thank you!
     
  25. Littleman
    Joined: Aug 25, 2004
    Posts: 2,619

    Littleman
    Alliance Member
    from OHIO, USA

    Sad news !...........Littleman
     
  26. I've known J.R. for many years, worked for him as a show chairman and judge. He was always honest, straight foreward and just a lot of fun to be around.

    He was an associate member of our car club (Stags of Ogden, Utah).

    I will miss him personally and the rod and custom world will miss him as well.

    Wishing the best for Bonnie, Megan and Lindsey, as well as the rest of the Larivee family,
    they have been through enough.

    Mick
     
  27. Janine
    Joined: Sep 2, 2012
    Posts: 1

    Janine
    Member
    from Michigan

    I am Jr's sister Janine, and on behalf of my entire family I would like to sincerely thanks everyone for their good wishes and thoughts. JR was a great guy and a great brother and he will be sorely missed more than I can express. Thanks again.
     

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