Lorenzo “Larry” Gangi Jr., 73, of Missoula, passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at St. Patrick Hospital.
Larry was born April 6, 1948, in Newark, NJ to Lorenzo and Dorothy Gangi (nee Cicchino). He grew up in Kearny, NJ where he began his lifelong love of fishing and the outdoors as a Boy Scout. As a fitness enthusiast, he set records at Kearny High School that remained unbroken for many years. A versatile musician, Larry is fondly remembered in his hometown for playing in and founding several local rock & roll and bluegrass bands.
After traveling the country for several years, he settled in Missoula, Montana in the 1970s. There he met his former wife Loretta Lynn Cassidy and raised their son Lorenzo III. The Big Sky State allowed Larry to enjoy his passions of fishing and music. He played guitar, fiddle, banjo and sang regularly in many bands.
In the 1980s Larry studied computer science at the University of Montana, earning a B.S. and completing some graduate work. He spent most of his professional career as a software developer working for the U.S. Forest Service.
Later in life, Larry continued to enjoy his leisure days fishing Montana's rivers and streams. He loved swimming in his pool with his grandchildren and sharing Sunday Italian dinners and wine with his son and family. Larry will be remembered for his quick-witted humor, unconventional nature, and loyalty to close friends and family.
Larry is survived by his son, Lorenzo Joseph Gangi, daughter-in-law, Katlyn Elise Gangi (nee Roggensack), and grandchildren, Lorenzo Giancarlo “Carlo” Gangi, Lucia Elise Gangi, and Giana Lisette Gangi, Missoula; his siblings Joe (Danni) Gangi, Pottstown, PA; George (Karen) Gangi, Bloomfield, NJ; Patty (Robert) Yankauskas, Livingston, NJ; and Mary Gangi, Caldwell, NJ; his nieces and nephews: Robert, Michael, Christina, John George, Caroline, and Jerzy.
A Celebration of Life will be held on February 19th at 3pm (MST) at Garden City Funeral Home followed by a reception (contact Lorenzo for details and to RSVP). Inurnment will take place at Missoula City Cemetery on Friday, February 18th.
The family invites all friends and family to join them at the funeral home and reception. If you are not able to attend please join them through the webcast of the service, link above.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the local chapter of Trout Unlimited, dedicated to conserving and restoring coldwater fisheries. Montana’s beautiful rivers were sacred to Larry.
Mail checks to: Trout Unlimited (attn: Casey Hackathorn), 312 N. Higgins Ave Suite 200, Missoula, MT, 59802.