Along Concordia’s 135-year history, many people have helped shape and mold us into the place we are today: one of the 40 largest nonprofit, award-winning Aging Services Networks in the country; a financially-strong organization that is guided solely by our faith-based mission of serving others.
On Sunday, May 15, a new pavilion on the Concordia at Cabot campus was dedicated to one of those special people – Larry Talmadge. Larry served at Concordia for 18 years, most recently as Vice President of Retirement Living, before his untimely passing two years ago from Hodgkins lymphoma. (Read more for video)
The dedication was standing-room only, as hundreds of residents, staff and family members crowded into the new pavilion. Tributes were given by Concordia President and CEO Keith Frndak, Executive Vice President Paul Brand and Board Member Rev. Barry Keurulainen, and Chaplain Jack Hartman performed the blessing and dedication. The event was highlighted by remarks and a song from Larry’s wife, Barb.
Following the dedication was a concert by The Ken Robeson Band (led by Concordia Maintenance Tech and longtime friend of Larry’s, Ken Robeson) and a toast in Larry’s memory. Not coincidentally, the dedication occurred two years to the day after his passing.
The Larry Talmadge Memorial Pavilion, located behind Haven II on the Cabot campus, features elegant, functional outdoor activity and gathering space for Concordia residents, patients, families and staff.
During his time at Concordia, Larry helped steer the organization’s growing Retirement Living service and was instrumental in helping to lead a number of building and expansion projects. He was truly an advocate for his residents, always exhibiting patience, empathy and an open mind.
While Larry had many professional strengths, it was his sense of humor and ability to connect with anyone that will forever be remembered by those who knew him. Never does a day go by at Concordia that someone at one of our locations doesn’t use a “Larry-ism.”
We hope you enjoy the video of the dedication below – feel free to leave a comment. And we’ll surely see you soon at The Talmadge Pavilion!
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