Arnold Lawrence "Larry" Spray 1944 -
By: Sheryll Ruecker and others
is with deep regret, that we announce that one of our long standing members,
Larry Spray, passed away on Sunday October 14th. after a year of year long
battle with lung cancer. He was 73. Survivors include his wife Julie,
brother Ron Jagow, many cousins, sons Chris and Tim and grandchildren
Chelsee, Cody and
much of his working career with Union Pacific as a yard master, and
conductor for both freight and passenger trains. He performed many behind
the scenes jobs for the Metro and PIPEX shows in Portland since the late
1990s. He was co chair, with the late Ron Sumner, for PIPEX 2009 which was
held at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel. Later, he was the floor manager,
dealer liaison and security manager for PIPEX after the show was moved to
the Red Lion on the Columbia River. He will be remembered for having a way
with dealers which encouraged them to come to the shows, which promoted
mutual respect, and cooperation, as well as a lot of fun had by all.
Larry's main collecting interests were the
Falkland Islands and King George VI. While not an exhibitor, he did make a
the Oregon Stamp Society's club showcase exhibit for PIPEX, and
SEAPEX 2017, his chosen letter "G" standing for King George VI. He also enjoyed reading, especially military history, and collecting
antiques. After retirement, he and his wife Julie, traveled the world.
Larry liked to tell
the story about the best stamp that he ever found. He looked for years
through thousands and thousands of stamps from the Falkland Islands Sc151a,
and then actually finding one. Even though his Falkland Island's collection
was impressive, he decided to sell it at auction. At that
time, it realized approximately $11,000.
Over the years, Larry served on the boards of the Oregon Stamp Society,
Northwest Philatelic Library, Portland Philatelic Expositions and First
Stamps. His most recent accolade was a special award, given at PIPEX 2018,
in recognition for his work as floor manager, bourse chairman and other
services to philately.
He helped others by giving rides to the clubhouse on meeting nights. He kept
an eye out for other members collecting interests and contributed to the
Oregon Stamp Society archieves with finds of PIPEX covers and programs. His
participation, and guidance, in the remodeling of the first floor of our
clubhouse was a major reason why it was successful. He is one of the
main reasons why we have a nice updated facility to promote philately.
a kind, and generous, man. He is one reason why many of us have some of the
treasures that we have in our collections. We will miss him and offer our
sincere condolences to his wife of 36 years and family.