June 3, 1947 - April 3, 2016
Lawrence “Larry” Wayne Dilda was born June 3, 1947 in Wilmington, North Carolina and passed away at home in Mesquite, Texas on April 3, 2016. Larry was a beloved father, son, brother, grandfather, and a great friend to many. Larry graduated from New Hanover High School – Class of 66’ in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he had many fond childhood memories and where his lifelong love of the beach began. Larry valued being a hard worker and started at an early age turning a hobby into work by digging for clams at Wrightsville Beach and selling them to local residents, in competition with restaurants selling them for three times the price. He always wanted to work hard, help others, and have some fun along the way. After high school, Larry went on to lead a full life continuing to live by these principles, and excelled at every job he held from construction, plumbing, welding, pipe fitting, chemical specialization, and computer aided drafting. He was a “jack of all trades” and known for always being willing to give a helping hand when needed. Larry lived in many places across the U.S., eventually settling in Mesquite, Texas where he has resided for over 30 years. Larry made a lasting impression to everyone he came across with his beautiful smile, infectious laugh, and his boisterous, quipster personality. He loved to make those around him smile and feel his love, and you could expect him to celebrate your birthday by shouting, instead of singing, the “Happy Birthday” song, just to let you know how special you were to him. He will be greatly missed.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Ann Pruitt Dilda and Claudias Jonas Dilda; and brother, Jerry (Carolyn) Dilda all of Wilmington, NC. He is survived by his four sons, Christopher (Jennifer) Dilda of Frisco, TX; Brent (Lisa) Turner of Onalaska, WI; Brady (Dana) Dilda of Fort Scott, KS; Ryan (Karen) Dilda of Vero Beach, FL; and his six grandchildren he was a beloved “Paw Paw” to: Cameron, Alex, Sadie, Bryanna, Jack and Jayden. In addition to his immediate family, there are countless others he is preceded and survived by including in-laws, cousins, parents-in-law, and great friends that Larry held dear to his heart and considered family.
A memorial service dedicated to the celebration of Larry’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 at Aría Funeral Home, 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75252.
Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252
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