Lawrence John Branca

September 14, 1953 – December 11, 2021


Lawrence John Branca, of Lake Alfred FL, passed away Saturday, December 11 after a long illness. He was 68.

Larry was born September 14, 1953, in Peekskill, N.Y. to S. Leo and Mary L. Branca. He was born the fourth of eight children. He attended Hillcrest Elementary School and Our Lady of Assumption Elementary School in Peekskill, N.Y.; and F.G. Lindsay Elementary School and Hendrick Hudson High school in Montrose, N.Y. The family moved to Simsbury, Connecticut in 1970, and Larry graduated from Simsbury High School in 1971.

After graduation Larry attended the GM Automotive Training Center in central Massachusetts in 1971, where he trained in auto-body repair. He volunteered for the Air Force and served from 1972- 74. He was stationed primarily at Plattsburgh Air Force Base. He returned to the automotive industry for the next 40 years and ran his own business as a licensed accident appraiser. After earning a two-year Associates in Science degree, he taught auto appraisal at Blackstone Valley Technical High School, taking pride in having the highest pass rates for students who went on to take the licensing exam.

Larry lived in Worcester, MA and the Blackstone Valley region for 38 years after leaving the Air Force. He was an avid fisherman and was a past president and lifetime member of the Century Sportsman’s Club in Auburn, MA. Larry also enjoyed photography and cooking, and was known for helping others, often providing emotional support to troubled friends or neighbors.

Larry moved back to Peekskill in 2013, and lived in Brewster, N.Y. and Wingdale, N.Y. with his friend and life partner, Joanne “Jo” Deloreano. Larry and Jo moved to Lake Alfred, FL in 2018.

Larry is survived by Jo Deloreano; seven siblings and their respective spouses: Theresa Branca; Andrew Branca and his wife Gail; Elizabeth Branca and her husband William Randviir; Michael Branca and his husband Johnny Manzon

Santos; Thomas Edward; Matthew Branca and his wife Jennifer Branca; and Roberta Branca and her husband Brendan Cahoon. He also leaves behind nine nieces and nephews, and three great nieces and nephews; two aunts; and a great number of first and second cousins, all of whom he held in great affection.

There will be a video-conferenced memorial service later this winter, and spring interment at the Massachusetts Military Cemetery in Barnstable County, MA with details to be announced. For more information please contact Roberta Branca by writing to: to receive further information via email.

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