WARWICK, R.I. - Larry Alkins died July 18 at Fatima Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Sylvia (Levine) Alkins for 62 years. Born in New York, N.Y., a son of the late Hyman and Rose (Helfner) Cohen, he had lived in Warwick for 52 years.
He was the co-owner, with his wife Sylvia, of the former Harris Fabrics for 44 years, retiring two years ago. He also was an engineer for the City of Warwick Water Dept. for 10 years.
He was a Navy veteran of WWII, serving as a radar technician stateside. He was a member of Nathaniel Greene Lodge of the Masons, R.I. Shrine, Jewish War Veterans Post 23, Touro Fraternal Assoc., Ward 4 Committee of the City of Warwick and a former member of Temple Am David.
He was the devoted father of Cheryl Marks and her husband Ron of West Warwick, Mitchell Alkins and his wife Wendy of Boca Raton, Fla. and Harris Alkins and his wife Denise of East Greenwich. He was the brother of the late Ben Alkins and Gladys Margulies. The grandfather of Jared, Sam, Riley, Spencer, Alisa and Rachel.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association.