HARRY D. LARIZ
Harry D. Lariz Jr. of Newberry, Fla., 65, who was born and raised in Key West, Fla., passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013, after a long illness.
Harry played varsity football for Key West High and received a scholarship for his great plays on the football field, earning him the nickname "Stonewall" for his tackling ability. In 1968, at the age of 20, Harry joined the Key West Police Department. In 1969, he was shot point-blank during an arrest. He earned a commendation from the department, and although he suffered life-threatening injuries and was told he could retire, he continued to serve on the department for 23 years, retiring as a lieutenant in 1991. In 1972, Harry also received the "Police Officer of the Year" award. Harry always dreamed of living in the country and moved to Chiefland, Fla., after his retirement. Harry loved his home and showed pride in everything he did. He was a very devoted and loving son, brother, father, grandfather and friend who would do everything he could to help his neighbors, family and friends.
Harry was born Sept. 6, 1947, to Harry D. and Edwina (Martinez) Lariz Sr. He was one of three sons who served on the Police Department -- his older brother, Antonio Lariz (deceased), and his younger brother, David Lariz (deceased).
Harry leaves behind many loving family members and friends: daughter, Amanda Lariz-McDaniel (Kristopher); sons Stephen Lariz and Andrew Davila; grandchildren Olivia, Christian and Grace Lariz-McDaniel; family Mary and Greg Spike; sister-in-law Matilda "Tilly" Lariz; devoted friend Alfred Brost; nieces, nephews and numerous others.
A service in honor of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 19, 2013, at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Key West, for friends and family.
For further information, call Williams-Thomas Westarea at 352-376-7556.