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Obituary Notice- Laurence “Larry” C. Wells, II

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BLASDELL:  Laurence “Larry” C. Wells, II, 35, of Arthur Avenue, Blasdell, formerly of Leon & Cherry Creek, died unexpectedly, Saturday, June 29th, at Mercy Hospital, Buffalo.  He was born in Dunkirk, on September 22, 1977, the son of Laurence S. (Vicki) Wells of Jamestown and William (Debra Farner) Mansfield, of Gowanda.

Mr. Wells was a graduate of Pine Valley Central School, Class of 1996, a graduate of SUNY at Fredonia with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education in 2000 and received his Master’s Degree from Walden University in 2004.  He currently worked as Manager at Toys R Us in Hamburg, for 7 years and previously taught for the Frontier and Hamburg School Districts.  Mr. Wells was an avid Yankees, Bills, Sabres and Ohio State Basketball fan.

Surviving besides his parents are his wife Jill A. (Lucas) Wells of Blasdell, whom he married July 31, 2004, at Merritt Estate Winery, Forestville, a daughter, Madison Wells, living at home and a brother, Robbie Wells, of Dunkirk.  Also surviving are his father and mother-in-law Ronald (Debra) Lucas of South Dayton, several aunts, uncles, cousins, 2 nieces & 2 nephews.  He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Earl (Lucille) Farner and by his paternal grandparents Laurence C. (Mary) Wells, Sr.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm from where Funeral Services will be held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Daniel Rumfelt, Chaplain of Lutheran Social Services, Jamestown, officiating.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the “Friends of Laurence Wells” c/o M&T Bank, 2882 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14217.  To post condolences go to


  • Tammy Hildebrand
    Posted July 1, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I would like to send my condolences out to Larry’s family. I am a Pine Valley alumni and while Larry was a bit younger than me, everyone from that area knows everyone else. This was such a huge tragedy, a young life cut way too short. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this very difficult time of loss and sorrow.

  • Marilyn J. Pickup
    Posted July 1, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Dear Larry, Debbie,Robbie, Jill and Madison There are no words at this time so I’ll share a poem with you that Charlie and I received When our son Aaron was taken from us suddenly 35 Years ago To All Parents
    “I’ll lend you for a little time a Child of mine.”He said”for you to love the while he lives and mourn for when he’s dead.”It maybe six or seven years or twenty two or three, but will you, till I call him back ,take care of him for Me? He’ll bring his charms to gladden you, and should his stay be brief,You’ll have his. lovely memories as solace for your grief.I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return,but there are lessons taught down there I want this Child to learn.”I’ve looked the wide world over in My search for teachers true and from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes I have selected you.”Now will you give him all your love nor think the labor vain, nor hate Me when I come to call to take him home again. ” I fancied that I heard them say Dear Lord,Thy will be done! We’ll shelter him with happiness We’ve known,forever grateful stay.But should the Angels call for him much sooner than we’ve planned, we’ll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand. I found this a great help knowing that Aaron was with Jesus in Heaven and with God’s Grace I’ve been able to go on. It will change you because it always does, but know you’re not alone. God Bless You and comfort and strengthen you with his everlasting love let his arms surround you and give you peace. Love Charlie and Mini

  • Michelle (Toomey) Rizzo & Jonathan Rizzo
    Posted July 2, 2013 at 11:02 am

    We have set up an account with M&T Bank for donations to help
    the family (college fund, etc). Donations can be made out to:
    “Friends of Laurence Wells”
    c/o M&T Bank
    2882 Delaware Ave
    Kenmore, NY 14217

    • Nancy Gicewicz
      Posted July 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      My condolences to you and your family in this time of loss.

      I was one of Larry’s co-workers at Toys R Us, and although I only knew him for less than a year, I came to admire his ability to successfully perform his duties in such a personable way. He always brought out the best in me.

      There are no words I can express to comfort you in this time of sorrow, other than to say how much Larry was liked and respected by so many of his co-workers. And having known him has made us all better people.

  • Anita (Holland) Morales
    Posted July 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I would like to send my sincere condolences to the entire Wells family at this difficult time. Being a graduate of Pine Valley (I graduated with Robbie) and from such a small, close-knit community, where everyone knows everyone, this is just unimaginable. I didn’t know Larry that well, but from what I have heard, he was a loving, caring person who always had a smile on his face, never letting anything bring or keep him down. It is a shame that this young life had to be taken so tragically. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. May God bless you, strengthen you, and keep you close.

  • Sue Short
    Posted July 3, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Larry and Vicki,
    My deepest sympathy and prayers for this unexpected loss of your son. I love you both … Suzy

  • Melodee Jamison (Pete Bananas)
    Posted July 3, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I was so shocked to learn about your loss! I am so very sorry and will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers! Take care of each other and stay strong!

  • Nancy and Jim Crofoot
    Posted July 5, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Larry Vicki, Our condolences to you and your family at this very difficult time. Your in our thoughts and Prayers.

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