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Remembering Larry, the deadly toll of the 2019 blizzard

Posted at 10:49 AM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 15:50:46-05

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — The NFTA has now identified the body of a well-known homeless man who tragically died in the bitter cold temperatures Thursday morning.

69-year-old Lawrence "Larry" Bierl was discovered near a bus shelter on Main Street and Union Road in the Village of Williamsville.

According to thr Erie County Executive, Mr. Bierl died of hypothermia.

Detective spoke with a number of people in the area who say they tried to help Larry with offers of food and lodging Wednesday evening, but he refused.

Meantime, tributes are pouring in to honor the man who residents knew only as "Larry". He was quiet, but his life definitely left an impact on the people of Amherst and Williamsville.

“He was a good person. He didn’t bother anybody. I don’t know it's still just shocking its really sad," Shawntavia McDougle, a Tim Horton's employee said.

He was a community regular at the Tim Hortons at the Walker Center on Main Street and could often be seen sitting quietly at a table in the corner. He always ordered the same thing every day.

"Larry was a loyal customer. He got a small cream and sugar with a large iced water every day," McDougle said.

Known for his dreadlocks and quiet demeanor, Larry was well-known in this community for decades, and his presence will be missed.

On Thursday afternoon, employees made his "regular" for a final time, a small coffee with one cream, one sugar.