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Laurence Scott Anderson

Laurence Scott Anderson, Delaware’s Painter of Memories passed away peacefully at home surrounded by love on November 21, 2021.

Originally from Illinois, Larry’s career as an electrical engineer brought him to Delaware in 1984. He was a graduate of the American Academy of the Arts in Chicago where he studied commercial illustration and water color. Both his parents were artists as well as his brother, Jon. After settling in Delaware, he decided his talents lay elsewhere and spent the next 30 years as a full- time artist. Always a champion for charities, Larry served on the Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, Wilmington and Western Railroad, United Cerebral Palsy and Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts. He was the founder of Artfest at Ronald McDonald House and the Hockessin Art Show. He is well known for paintings of the Rockford Tower, the Wilmington skyline, Walkers Mill, the Deer Park Tavern, Longwood Gardens and Delaware beach bars such as the Rusty Rudder and the Starboard. Many local high schools and churches are memorialized in his paintings. He expanded his horizons beyond the Delaware Valley to paint the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Statue of Liberty, the 1964 World’s Fair in New York and several scenes of Annapolis. Larry’s paintings have touched the lives of many people. He was happiest when he knew one of his paintings was part of someone’s memories, past or present. Larry had a loyal following and his originals and prints hang in many a home and office in the Delaware Valley and beyond. is a pathway to all the art which brought joy to so many. Larry will be remembered as a kind and generous soul who gave so much of himself to the world around him.

He was predeceased by his parents, Bette and William Anderson of Illinois and his sister-in-law, Sandra Jean Cooper. He is survived by his husband, David Cooper, of Wilmington, his brother, Jon Anderson who resides in Bali, his brother-in-law, Phillip Cooper, his nieces Lori Cooper and Leslie Cooper, his grandniece, Grace Chariya, grandnephew, Cooper Acton, all of Central Illinois as well as numerous friends he made along the way.

A special thanks to Delaware Hospice, friends Mary High and John Fenice of Heritage Medical Associates and Marilyn Reed and Frank Vito for all the support during Larry’s illness.

To honor his memory please consider a donation to your favorite charity.

Funeral Services

A Memorial Service to honor his life will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021 , at 10am at Red Clay Presbyterian Church, 500 McKennan’s Church Road, Wilmington DE 19808. In accordance with Covid guidelines masks are required.


    Thomas Gears writes,
    Larry was a friend and a kind and amazing human. He will be missed dearly by many. His work in the community and painting will not be forgotten.
    11/23/2021 02:53 pm
    Kathy Ruck writes,
    Larry was a dear friend, teacher and my mentor. He was a very talented artist and a very giving soul. He gave much to the art community in the Delaware area and to its artists. He will live on in all the beautiful artwork he has created. We artists from the Hockessin Show have always referred to our group as "our artist family", and I feel that Larry was the "father" of this family of artists. He will be so greatly missed.
    11/23/2021 03:07 pm
    Lisa Webster writes,
    Offering my deepest condolences to David and Larry's entire family. May sweet memories help to heal the loss of such a dear gentlemen. and gifted artist. Blessings.
    11/23/2021 05:01 pm
    Ellen Gavin lit a candle and writes,
    I knew Larry as the founder of the Hockessin Art Show. I had the privilege of being an artist there for several years. Larry was kind and generous to us artist and it was a pleasure to know and work with him. He was charming and a gentleman and knew what art can bring to the both the artist and the collector. He will be remembered by all of us.
    11/23/2021 05:09 pm
    Allen Helsel writes,
    Dave, So sorry for your loss. Larry will be missed by many. With my deepest sympathies. Allen
    11/23/2021 05:50 pm
    Marilyn Reed and Frank Vito lit a candle and writes,
    Larry was a true friend in every sense of the word. We shared much over the 27 years of friendship. He was a prince among men and so much more. We will miss him very much. He was a gift to world around him and loved by many. Larry touched numerous lives with his paintings and leaves us a lasting legacy of wonderful art to treasure forever.
    11/23/2021 06:17 pm
    CB JOE writes,
    Conversation with Larry was always soft and kind. Yet he worked super hard and determined at his craft and business. Larry demonstrated his love for his Mom and others. That's a Good Man!
    11/23/2021 07:49 pm
    Joanne Dougherty lit a candle and writes,
    Larry will be missed at all the Art Shows. I’m so sad to hear of his passing, he was always nice to talk to at the shows.
    11/23/2021 08:58 pm
    Lynette McCarthy writes,
    Larry you will be missed. You were extremely talented and such a kind soul. We were so fortunate to have known you. Our hearts and prayers go out to David and your family. You will always hold a special place in our hearts. Lots of Love!
    11/24/2021 07:12 am
    Melissa Cole lit a candle and writes,
    It was an honor to meet Larry. I wish I had met him sooner. Sending my condolences to David and Larry's friends and family.
    11/24/2021 09:05 am
    Carole Wells lit a candle and writes,
    I am so saddened to hear of Larry’s paying. Larry was a wonderful friend who I worked with for over 20 years planning and running the Hockessin Art Show and so many other projects. He was always such a positive influence on everyone he touched. He will certainly be missed. He has left us too soon.🙏😢
    11/24/2021 05:38 pm
    Carolyn lit a candle and writes,
    Larry was a special friend to many people and he brought joy to many more with his wonderful prints. I will cherish the memories we made together, and the memories all of his prints bring back to me. I was so pleased to be able to bring him his favorite lunch and cake for his birthday in August. He will live forever in many of our minds and heart.
    11/24/2021 06:18 pm
    Patricia Curlett writes,
    I only knew Larry through his art. I have many of his pictures hanging on my walls. He was very talented.
    11/24/2021 09:53 pm
    Scott Frohman writes,
    For countless years, Larry Anderson was an integral contributor to the growth of Creative Impression art galleries in both Rehoboth Beach and Annapolis, Maryland. Many of his wonderful limited edition prints became sold out editions. We would often joke that his minis series started one day over lunch on a napkin while chatting. We literally sold thousands of his renditions of Annapolis’ City Dock and Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth. Larry was always a pleasure to work with and offered so much enthusiasm in his painting. Larry was easily the most recognizable artist for us in his local artwork
    11/25/2021 06:38 am
    Catherine Colsher lit a candle and writes,
    I was privileged to know Larry as a long time friend and fellow artist. He was a passionate advocate for art and artists, orchestrating many successful exhibition opportunities for his family of artist friends. I, like so many, will miss his gentle presence and friendship and he leaves an amazing legacy through his art and contributions to charitable causes. My deepest condolences to all those dear to him.
    11/26/2021 08:17 am
    Tim McAleese lit a candle and writes,
    Larry you brought joy to so many people, and your work will continue to spread joy. It was an honor to me to count you as a friend. Whenever you came into my shop I dropped what I was doing and couldn't wait to talk over your newest crazy idea. We all miss you, and I hope you're at peace- and I know you're checking out the wall space in heaven.
    11/27/2021 05:50 pm
    Lorle Balch Roper writes,
    I am so sad for the loss of my dear friend, Larry Anderson. I am probably the only person that could actually say that I had known Larry all his life. He and I were childhood friends and our mothers were pregnant with us at the same time. Our families would spend many Thanksgivings together and at those great occasions we would spend most of the meal giggling with each other. I absolutely loved his sense of humor. He was so kind and funny. Thank you Larry for being such a good friend in my early life. Lar, I will see you in Heaven.
    11/27/2021 09:25 pm
    Carol Heyse lit a candle and writes,
    My friendship with Larry began with his amazing art talent ! I remember how excited we were when he painted the Blue Rocks stadium . I have sooo many paintings and love each and every one . I will miss him always . God Bless you Larry ❣️
    11/28/2021 10:39 am
    A K and Helga Kissell writes,
    It is sad to hear of Larry's passing, a life too short. Our condolences to his family/friends. I look at his paintings every time I go to Dr Fenice's office. As a W.W.R.R. volunteer I worked with him for numerous years at the Art Festival .
    11/28/2021 03:37 pm
    Dawn Cessna lit a candle and writes,
    Sending my condolences ((Hugs)) to Dave, as I am sadden to hear of your loss. Larry rest in peace, as he loved to cruise and his artistic skills he would always share the joy that he made of his artwork. May the memories bring you comfort in the days ahead, as his legacy remain in your heart forever.
    11/29/2021 07:20 pm
    Marilyn Forney writes,
    I worked with Larry 30 years ago when he made his important career transition to full time artistry. He was a wonderfully, fine, generous man and I will miss him.
    12/01/2021 06:01 pm
    Kristin Olson Guill writes,
    I am saddened to learn of Larry's passing. My parents Shirley and George were fond of the Anderson family and, as commercial artist and architect, admirers of Larry's art. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
    12/02/2021 12:16 am
    Armond Tinsley writes,
    Dear David I don't know if you remember me & my Joseph we meet you and Larry on Titanic expedition 1996 ..along with Rosemary and Marianne...Roe actually told me of Larry's passing... I still treasure the print of the painting of the grand staircase that Larry did that he personalized and signed to me along with the signatures of the Titanic survivors Edith and Michel hangs in my home office...we remember Larry as being such a nice and personable person! Again our deepest condolences we will keep you in our prayers 🙏❤️
    12/04/2021 02:27 am
    Eric and Mary Lou Phillips lit a candle and writes,
    We met Larry quite a long time ago and have the privilege of enjoying many if his original art everyday. Each piece has a story of how we chose it and how we learned all the work Larry did, in researching each site, before he even lifted a brush. He was an amazing person and artist. David we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    01/27/2022 09:06 pm

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