Funeral for Perry Couple Killed in Car Crash

November 17, 2011 Updated Nov 17, 2011 at 6:36 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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November 17, 2011 Updated Nov 17, 2011 at 6:36 PM EDT

PERRY, NY (WKBW) It was a sad day for a small community, as the Village of Perry said goodbye to two pillars of their community lost in a tragic car crash.

Funeral services were held in the Village of Perry Thursday morning for Michael and Cynthia Laraby.

Valerie Halstead knew the Laraby's well, both as a firefighter and as a friend.

"They were both just such great great people. And it's a terrible loss for their families, for the community, for the departments," she said through tears.

Michael was the Deputy Mayor of Perry, a former Fire Chief, and long time firefighter. Cindy was a mother of three and a member of the Ladies Auxilary.

"We're all one big family. It's just like a brother or sister. He's a brother firefighter. And his wife was also a sister of the Auxilary. And their lives will be sadly missed," Perry firefighter Ken Curry said.

After the funeral, a solemn procession drove through town, where Michael and Cynthia Laraby's two sons, both firefighters, rode next to their father's casket.

The couple was killed last week when their car went off a bridge and into in a water reservoir. A memorial now stands at the site of the crash, to remember two people who were well loved in Perry.

"That's why it was such a large funeral. I know the funeral parlor was full and so were all the visiting hours. And it's just a sad situation all the way around," Mayor Howard Wood said.

"It's just unbelievable how something like this could just happen out of the blue. It's shocking and it's terrible," Valerie Halstead said.