Let the memory of Lawrence be with us forever
  • 64 years old
  • Born on December 18, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
  • Passed away on June 15, 2016 in Ventura, California, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved, Larry Cardozo, 64, born on December 18, 1951 and passed away on June 15, 2016. We will remember him forever.

In lieu of flowers please make all donations to the places below: one is in an effort to find a cure for cancer and the other is representative of a place that Larry held especially dear to his heart - the Channel Islands National Park.

Channel Islands Park Foundation

Cancer Research Institute

Larry was born in Chicago to Sara Jean and Dick Cardozo, inheriting from his parents a love of nature and of learning. These passions lasted a lifetime, sparked continual adventure and enlightenment, and were lovingly passed on to his own children, cementing the family legacy.    While earning his degree at the University of Illinois, Larry had a political awakening, made lifelong friends, and met Karen, with whom he quickly fell in love. The newlyweds headed west in the orange VW bus of family legend, with no specific destination in mind but sharing a California dream. 

Larry and Karen blossomed in the sunshine, and soon sprouted a family. In the decades that followed, Larry himself grew in beautifully unexpected ways. He wrote novels, fought to protect Ventura's green space, and played drums in the Ventura Klezmer Band. He became versed in widely diverse subjects like geology and meteorology, antique weaponry, Chinese cuisine, palm trees, the California missions and the history of the American West.    Larry also became intimately acquainted with many of California's abundant natural treasures: the Sierra Nevada mountains, Yosemite Valley, and the great Pacific Ocean. In retirement, Larry realized a dream by being accepted as a docent on the Channel Islands National Park whale-watching excursions.  

By example, Larry also taught his children, and so many others around him, the meaning of authenticity and humor. He wore his heart on his sleeve and was always generous with his love, affection, and care.  Larry is survived by his wife of 42 years, Karen Lewin Cardozo, and also by his parents, his oldest son Benjamin (his wife, Hadas, and children Ellie and Zoey) and his younger son Daniel (his wife, Katie). He also leaves behind his sister, Linda, her husband Al, and niece and nephew Stephanie (her husband David and their children Evelyn and Lillian), Stephen (his wife Sarah), brother-in-law Steve and Joan, and nieces Shoshana (her husband Adam, their child Danielle), and Samantha.   

A memorial service was held at 10:00 AM on Sunday, June 19th, at Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road in Ventura. 

Posted by Joan Cahn on 23rd June 2016
Larry made me feel so welcome into the family about 13 years ago. He always made me laugh and made sure that when I came to California, that I would see the water that we both shared a love for. His spirit lives on in his wonderful sons and family who cherished him.
Posted by Karen Daks on 22nd June 2016
I did not know Larry; I am a friend of his sister Linda. I can see by his memorial that he has left a beautiful legacy to his family and communities of which he was involved. May his memory be for a blessing.
Posted by Josh Overton on 21st June 2016
Larry, You are truly loved. You will be forever a part of my script, "The Halls of Horror" as the namesake of the haunted high school. Lawrence E. Cardozo High School is everything you are not and I loved seeing your reaction to hearing the name of the school for the first time. Every few years, we will do this show. Every few years, I will remember your constantly smiling face. But I will always miss you, friend.
Posted by Sheri Hokin on 21st June 2016
It's so hard to see that number on the right side of the dash. Yet, Larry did a lot in that dash and isn't that what's important? What you do in the dash! So many memories of love, jokes, hanging out and his use of the middle finger! Karen is my cousin, but more as my big sister and friend. Larry just stepped in, without a falter, was my big brother and caring friend. The great extra was being part of the Cardozo/Feder family! Love you all.
Posted by Karen Taussig on 20th June 2016
What a lovely man. It was an honor to be related, albeit distantly. My thoughts are with Linda and Karen and the rest of the family.
Posted by Stephen Feder on 20th June 2016
My Uncle Larry was so very special to me. I'm a better person because of him - blessed beyond words that he was such an integral part of my life and influence on me. We hiked together from the Sierras to the Sawtooths to the Bugaboos and to the Alps; kayaked the Pacific and the Salmon River; traveled many continents; laughed like crazy; and enjoyed every minute of the time we spent with one another. It was not enough and never will have been, so many more adventures to be had - but so glad to have had the ones we did. He meant a lot to so many people and was deeply loved. May we find a cure to cancer, for all of us.

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