Lawrence Anthony Gebera, age 74 of Quartzsite, AZ died January 23, 2019 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born January 2, 1945 in Hartford CT. He attended St. Francis of Assisi Catholic school in Tonawanda and graduated from Tonawanda High School. Lawrence lived a life that was full of adventure. He was featured in the Tonawanda News for riding his bicycle from Detroit to Tonawanda, NY and also for fending off an attacker when he was a cab driver in Buffalo, NY. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and met many friends as he traveled the country on his Kawasaki motorcycle and in his RV. He was a member of the IUPAT Painters Local 43 Union and worked in Buffalo, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Henderson, NV; and Phoenix, AZ. Additionally, he worked for Anheuser Busch. In the last 10 years Lawrence owned a business repairing “Day Night Shades” for RVs. He was known to use factory parts and do the job right. He met many people who affectionately called him “Day Night Shades Larry.”
Lawrence was very tech savvy enjoying electronics, toys, telescopes, and movies. He was fond of flea markets and bargain hunting. He enjoyed ham radio and had trucker friends throughout the United States. Though he was reserved, once he became your friend he was very loyal. Kind hearted and empathetic, he had an innate sense of fairness and believed that the helpless should be helped. He was a gun enthusiast and an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but only for the purposes of obtaining food. He was a lover of the furred and feathered and often took in injured animals to nurse back to health. He was very good to children and animals and they returned the love he had from them.
Lawrence is survived by his son, David Gebera and his wife Wendy Micklevitz of Milwaukee, WI; daughter, Christine Gebera and her husband Dennis Kessinger of North Tonawanda, NY; fur children Penny and Mindy; sister, Patricia Kick of Lockport; brother, John Gebera; and uncle William Gebera of Amherst, NY; three grandchildren, Andrea Rosenburg of Rapid City, SD, Mathew Gebera of North Tonawanda, NY and Tylene Flenorl of Milwaukee, WI and many friends that he met in his travels. He was preceded in death by his father Nicholas Gebera, mother Luise Roth, brothers Micheal Gebera and Nicholas Gebera, Jr., uncle Edward Gebera and Aunt Mary Gibson.
A mass for Lawrence will be held Friday, April 5th at 10 am at St. Francis of Assisi Church; 73 Adam St., Tonawanda, New York 14150. Non Catholics and Catholics not feeling comfortable with receiving communion may signify this by placing their hand over their heart to receive a blessing from the priest or remaining seated during communion. In Lieu of flowers please send donations to Exotic Heritage Cat Association of America no-kill Shelter; 860 Quail Crest Rd.; Kingman AZ 86409.