Laurence Kaehler Brink, Jr.
- December 11, 1928 - January 23, 2013
- Arcadia, California
of Laurence's Passing
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“I first remember Larry greeting me as I walked into lunch in 2008. By the twinkle in his eye, I knew that we were kindred spirits. His customary...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: David Garner - Canyon Country, CA
“Larry-we miss your great attitude, positive outlook on EVERYTHING, and your sense of humor that put a smile on everybody's face. God Bless, my...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Nuts Neitzel - Apple Valley, CA
“It was a rare gift to have known him. Larry's wry smile and sense of humor gave me a lift whenever I saw him. He was loved and will be missed, not...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Rick Johnson - Sylmar, CA
“I enjoyed the company of Larry at many Jester functions. He will be missed.
My thoughts are with the family of Larry during this time.
4 of 21 | Posted by: Vern Weldy - Cave Creek, AZ
“Larry was a friend to every shriner, every jester. He always worked the circus, had a smile for every one, especially the kids. His boys got it right...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Tim McBride - los angeles, CA
“I met Larry in 1991. We became friends and I liked to tease him. We may have had a few drinks together from time to time. He liked to play gin rummy,...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Bob Haynes - Friend
“I have known Larry for many years as a result of our Jester and Shrine Membership For the past several years Larry and I have been room mates when...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Don Aston - Wildomar, CA
“Larry and I met almost 30 years ago when we both joined the Al Malaikah Shrine Temple Guard. We became instant friends, roommates and traveling...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Ted Koupal - Camarillo, CA, CA
“Larry was indeed one of the most kindest and dearest gentlemen that I have ever had the extreme pleasure to meet. I will miss him immensely! Men like...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Carlos Castro - Lake Elsinore, CA
“Larry my thoughts are with you, You will alway be remembered and never forgotten. To the fine memories and great times.
The very best to my brother...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Wolfgang Kupka - Pasadena, CA
“Good men and fathers are said to be in short supply these days. Laurence, the love and respect your family so obviously feels for you is a testament...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Axel Anderson
“Burt and Kim,
My deepest sympathies go out to you both and the Brink family. My you find comfort in your faith at this difficult time. Will keep...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Shirley Gibbons - Las Vegas
“I will miss his friendly smile and greeting on Sunday mornings. I enjoyed seeing all the pictures of the wonderful places he traveled with his...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Bob Gollihugh - Monrovia, CA
Even though I never had the honor of meeting you, it is clear from the way you have raised your son, that you were a wonderful and...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Patrick Donnelly - MI - Friend
“Dad, thank you for all of your love and guidance,for making me part of your family...and for raising Burt to be just like you. I know you and Mom are...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Kim Shelton - Arcadia, CA
“I am sorry Mr Larry Brink that in all the years you and I have been on this earth our paths did not pass. I have known your son Burt for many years,
16 of 21 | Posted by: Harry Fielder - Mesquite, NV
“Mr Brink (Larry)
You will always be my hero. Heaven has another angel "its you"
Love & Peace
17 of 21 | Posted by: Amelia Alvarez - El Monte, CA
“Dear Mr Brink,
Although we never met you sound like a wonderful person and sorry I never had the pleasure of meeting you in person. You did a great...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Steve Fujikawa - CA
“He was a beautiful man and so loved by his family and friends. It was my delight to have known him through his family and a history of his photos...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Linda Mary Giorgio - Grapeland, TX
“I never had the privilege of meeting you, but I have heard such wonderful things about. RIP
20 of 21 | Posted by: Joanne Jett - Santa Clarita, CA
“Dad, Thank you for all your love and support throughout my life. You have been an insperation to me and my mentor. Thank you for all the memories...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Burton Brink - Arcadia, CA - Son
Laurence "Larry" Kaehler Brink, Jr., 84, born on December 11, 1928, in Glendale, California, passed away January 23, 2013. He resided in Arcadia, California at the time of his passing. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn, Glendale, California.
On Janurary 23, 2013, just after midnight, our dad, Larry Brink (Laurence Brink Jr.) passed away after his lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Carolyn McCarron Brink and his younger brother William "Bill" Brink. He is survived by his two sons, Stephen "Steve" Brink and Burton Brink, grandsons Brian Brink, Tyler Brink, Brendan Brink, Bob Brink, and Shawn Smalldridge.
Larry was born on December 11, 10928 to Laurence Kaehler Brink, Sr and Lucile Boyd Trenham Brink in Glendale, CA. The family moved around while he grew up, but normally ending back into the Pasadena area.
He attended then Pasadena Junior College, graduating from the Lower Division (technically Pasadena High School) in 1946 (Baseball Hall of Famer, Dick Williams was a classmate) serving in the ROTC program as well as serving in the California State Guard, which replaced the California National Guard when that unit was called into regular service during WWII. He actually was one of many who lied about their age to serve in the CSG and was discharged when the CSG was disbanded in November 1946. He continued on at PJC, (he continued to call it that despite his sons and grandson attending PCC for all time) which became Pasadena City College during his tenure, as well as enlisting into the California National Guard at this time. After his hitch in the CSG, the Korean War started and he quickly reenlisted, to retain his rate, to the CSG which was called into active service in Sept 1950. He served in Japan and Korea during the Korean War and was discharged in August 1953.
During this time, a cousin, Shari Trenham, introduced Larry to one of her Delta Delta Delta Sorority sisters, Carolyn McCarron, who became an architect, and they were married on November 2, 1957. The couple lived two years in the San Diego Area before returning to Los Angeles and their oldest son, Stephen was born in 1960. Three years later, Burton was born while the family lived in Baldwin Hills' historic Village Green which included the infamous Baldwin Hills Dam failure in December 1963.
In 1967, the family moved into their home in Arcadia designed by Carolyn which they landscaped the entire yard themselves. They lived in their home the rest of their lives. He was active in his kids' activities including Indian Guides (His name was "Bald Eagle" which was apropos), Scouts, attending his kids' sports games and school activities, and chauffeur.
Larry reeceived a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo after attending UCLA and PCC and worked in the air conditioning/refrigeration/heating industry for many years and was active in ASHRAE, including serving as its president for one term. He worked for National Refrigeration, McCray, Coldtemp, Arden-Mayfair, Hill Refrigeration, Pameco Aire, as well as teaching refrigeration principles at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Those of whom that worked for my dad had nothing but good things to say about him.
Larry enjoyed travelling with his wife Carolyn and her identical twin sister Marilyn McCarron Urmston as they traveled on several tours of Europe, Canada, various parts of the US, The running joke was the Marilyn and Carolyn would pick a place to travel and bring along Larry to carry their bags. He also enjoyed camping with the family, which continued throughout his life.
In 1992 he became a grandfather and once again helped step into roles as watching the kids after school, taking them to doctor and dentist appointments, practices and ballgames. The kids loved their grandpa and he relished in being Grandpa.
He was a Master Mason, served as Worshipful Master for old Henry Knox Lodge #662 in the early 1970s (which is now Wisdom Lodge #202), and was active with Al Malaikah Temple and serving in its Guard Unit as well as the Royal Order of Jesters.
Since the death of his wife, Carolyn in 2011, he was still able to travel with his sons and grandsons and visited places like Yosemite, Carlsbad Caverns, wine tasting in Central California, Canyonlands, Arches, Pikes Peak, Grand Canyon, WIN System campouts, Arizona, and even visited the USS Midway. He also attended the Indianapolis 500 last May including the Parade and some of the local sites in the Indianapolis area with the Al Malaikah - Murat Shrine.
He was also a Ham Radio operator KC6WVM.
If anyone who knew my dad would know what a kind and gentle man he really was.
He will be missed by his friends and most importantly, his family.
Thank you to everyone for their love, prayers and support.
God bless you all.