NEW WINDSOR – State Senator William Larkin, who ended a four-decade political career with his retirement last December, passed away Saturday. He was 91.
His family released a statement announcing the passing. “”It is with a heavy but full heart that we announce our beloved Bill Larkin has passed away. America and the State of New York have lost a dedicated public servant, soldier, and statesman. Our family lost a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and so much more. We appreciate your thoughts, prayers and best wishes. It is our hope that all of the people whose lives Bill touched in some way over the years will join us in celebrating his life over the coming days.”
Prior to his career in politics, Larkin, a veteran, served with honor in World War II and Korea.
Larkin, a Republican, was elected to the Assembly in 1979. He won election to the Senate in 1991.
State Senator James Skoufis (D, 39), who assumed Larkin’s seat following last year’s general election said, “Foremost, I extend my heartfelt condolences to Senator Larkin’s family, especially his beloved wife, Pat. He cherished his family above all else and would occasionally remind me, ‘happy wife, happy life,’ a reflection of his devotion and admiration for Pat. I’m deeply saddened for their loss. World War II and Korean War veteran; New Windsor Supervisor; state Assemblyman; and state Senator, Bill Larkin’s lifetime of service and unwavering dedication to our country will live on as an inspiration. May his memory be a blessing to the countless lives he touched.”
Senator Susan Serino (R,41) said, “Serving alongside Colonel Bill Larkin was one of the greatest honors of my life,” Serino said. During my first years in the Senate, I was lucky enough to be seated alongside Senator Larkin, and he quickly became a beloved friend and mentor. He served our state and his community with tireless passion and dedication. He always put people first and never missed an opportunity to bring people together.”
Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus said, “Senator Larkin will be remembered for his lifelong dedication to public service,” Neuhaus said. “He proudly served his country in the military and went on to just as proudly serve his community in the State Assembly and as Senator. He was a dedicated advocate for his constituents, especially veterans, military personnel and their families. Senator Larkin was tough, but also fair-minded and compassionate. His long and well-respected career was highlighted by, among other things, his class and grace. I’m deeply saddened by his passing and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday morning at 11 a.m., September 5 at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church in Cornwall-on-Hudson.
On Wednesday, visitation will be held at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center in the William and Pat Larkin Education Center in the City of Newburgh starting at 4p.m.