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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 12, March 22, 2009, Article 8

IN MEMORIAM LAWRENCE J. GENTILE SR. 1937 – 2009

John and Nancy Wilson penned a nice article about the late Larry Gentile - some excerpts follow. I don't know if he was a numismatic researcher or writer, but he was certainly a fine numismatic educator. His efforts over the years to interest and education young numismatist were a boon to the U.S. hobby. I've run a number of Young Numismatist programs myself and it does take a lot of work and dedication, especially when travel and personal expense are involved.

The photo was taken by the Wilsons at the 2008 Baltimore ANA Convention. Larry is on the right and Michael Whelan is on left. They are seated at the YN Table. -Editor
At the recently completed American Numismatic Association National Money Show in Portland, Oregon we were told that longtime ANA Young Numismatist worker Larry Gentile Sr. from New Rochelle, NY had passed away on March 10, 2009 at the age of 71. Larry served in the capacity of YN Coordinator for the ANA in their Representative Program for many years. This was an extremely sad moment for us as Larry had been a friend of ours for close to three decades.
Larry Gentile


Larry started collecting at an early age and in 1976 he became involved in YN activities. From that time until his passing, Larry lived and breathed helping young collectors to become involved in our hobby. His programs many times ran for over three hours. We watched Larry work at several YN programs he gave at the New York Inc. It was very noticeable at the programs that Young collectors were mesmerized with his presentations. Many of the parents who came also were intrigued with how Larry handled his programs in such an educational and interesting way.

No one did it better than Larry when it came to educating young collectors in our hobby. Larry always had nice gifts for YN’s at his programs, but they had to earn them. He probably spent a lot of his own money traveling to coin shows and buying numismatic items to give away. Besides this, dealers, collectors and coin clubs donated numismatic items for his programs.

Larry Gentile Sr. was one of the most admired and loved numismatists that we have ever known. He will live forever in our prayers and thoughts. Our deepest sympathies to his two daughters and son along with their families and other relatives. We will never forget Larry and will miss greatly his always cheerful greeting and smiling face when our paths crossed. Rest in Peace. With loving affection, John and Nancy Wilson, Ocala, FL Larry Gentile’s Obituary can be found at the below link along with a link for a guest book entry. www.nyjnews.com/obits/Obit1.php?pid=2714509&fulldate=

On a separate note, the Wilsons add:
The ANA National Money Show recently concluded in Portland was a huge success. We grade all aspects of this convention MS70. We want to thank and congratulate the following for a, “job well done.” General Chairman Scott Loos, his local Committee and workers; the host coin clubs; ANA Exec. Dir. Larry Shepherd along with Meeting Services Manager Brenda Bishop and all their staff; the ANA National Volunteers, Bowers & Merena Auctions, the exhibitors, judges & speakers; Scout Clinic coordinators; the BEP, U.S. Mint & Post Office; public relations (publicity), security, Coin Publications; the thousands of visitors who attended and the hundreds of great coin dealers who had tables at the show. Without the dealers, we wouldn’t have coin conventions. Wow, what an outstanding coin convention! Thanks again to everyone who contributed to the success of this show. We look forward to the summer ANA Convention in Los Angeles, CA on August 5 – 9th.




Wayne Homren, Editor

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