Lawrence Hurwit died peacefully at home in Miami, Florida on June 19, 2022. He was born in Hartford, CT in 1928 and was the oldest son of the late Benjamin and Helen Hurwit. Larry is survived by his wife Edith, whom he married in 1955. He is also survived by his four children: Mark (and his wife Oriana), Tilvila-Marci, Lee, and Barry (and his wife Sheryl, and their children Jared and Rachel). He also leaves two brothers: Dr. Albert Hurwit and his wife Joan who live in Hartford and Robert Hurwit and his wife Barbara who live in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Larry grey up in West Hartford, CT. While at Hall high School, he was actively involved with music and put together his own band. After high school he became a member of the U.S. Army and became an arranger for the U.S. Army Band. After leaving the Army he attended the Boston Conservatory School of Music.
In 1952 Larry moved to Florida and eventually became a real estate developer. During those years, his philanthropic activities included the creation of the Ben & Helen Hurwit Children’s Crisis Nursery – a much-needed safe refuge for women and children in Dade County. Edith and Larry lived and raised their family in Sky Lake, North Miami Beach. He was a dedicated and dutiful father. They also had a home near Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts where they spent wonderful months every year with their children and grandchildren.
Larry was an excellent musician with perfect pitch and played the saxophone and piano. He also composed for theatrical musicals. One of these entitled “Sextet” had a limited Broadway performance. He composed “Florida”, voted by the state legislature to be Florida’s Official Greeting Song.
Throughout his wide network of family, friends and artistic associates, Larry will always be remembered as a caring, successful, talented, respected, and beloved man.