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Lorain City School District Mourns the Loss of Hawthorne Custodian

It is with deep sadness, the Lorain City School District announces the passing of life-long Lorain resident Larry D. Indre. 

Indre passed away suddenly, at the age of 62, on Aug. 12. 

A 1975 graduate of Southview High School and retired, U.S. Steel millwright of 34 years, Indre came to Lorain City Schools in 2016 where he served as head custodian at Hawthorne Elementary School.

It is known, when he was not maintaining the daily operations of Hawthorne Elementary School for scholars and staff, Indre could be found woodworking, tending to his vegetable garden, cheering on the Cleveland Browns with friends and family or fulfilling his desire of “being in the wind” while riding his motorcycle.

Hawthorne Turnaround Principal Stephanie Alexander-Johnson said her staff and scholars will always hold a place in their hearts for Indre, as he will forever be a part of the Hawthorne family. Alexander-Johnson noted that Indre was an integral part of staff cohesiveness that allowed for the building of Hawthorne Elementary School to run smoothly in. 

Personally, Alexander-Johnson said she will always remember Indre as a mentor to scholars. One, who she said, always built positive relationships with scholars to keep them encouraged to continue with high scholastic achievement.

“In a poem by an unknown author entitled ‘Always With Us,’ “There are special people in our lives, that never leave us even, after they are gone,’” Alexander-Johnson said.  “Larry will always be remembered for his smile, his quietness, his chicken paprikash and his generous heart for the scholars.”

Alexander-Johnson said the Hawthorne Family will be planning a memorial in his honor, with the help of scholars, once school begins next week.  And in the fall, scholars staff and family will come together to place the memorial in the school’s courtyard.

Chief Operations Officer Jeffery Hawks remembered Indre as a wonderful and dedicated employee who took care of Hawthorne Elementary School, as if it were his own. 

“The pride that he had for that building was unbelievable,” Hawks said. “The news of Larry’s passing is truly a loss to Lorain City Schools.”  

The family of Larry Indre will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain from 3-7 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 16. The funeral service will immediately follow.

The District extends its thoughts and prayers to Larry Indre’s friends, family, wife Mary and their daughters.