Obituary for Lawrence Clayton Bibb, NYPPA member Susan Markisz’s father

Lawrence Clayton Bibb, (Larry), formerly of Alexandria, VA and Verona, NJ died on April 4, 2017, in Paramus, NJ from complications of Lewy Body Disease. Beloved husband of the late Doris (nee Spohr) Bibb, (45 years), loving father to Susan Markisz (Robert Markisz) of the Bronx, NY; Daniel Bibb (Gabriele Higgins Bibb) of Harrington Park, NJ and Barbara Carns of Annandale, VA; cherished grandfather of Christopher and Kathryn Markisz, Danielle, Devon and Diana Bibb, and Emily, Jessica and Joseph Carns. Devoted son of the late Margaret (nee Iden) Bibb and Ernest Bibb; brother of the late Linwood Bibb, and sister of the late Evelyn V. (nee Bibb) Pollard.

Larry was a WWII Navy Veteran. Although blind in his left eye from a childhood accident, he passed the Navy physical by memorizing the eye chart and served as a Pharmacist’s mate in the Pacific. After leaving the Navy, he worked as an Accountant in the Corporation Audits Division of the General Accounting Office in Washington, DC.

Larry attended Northwestern University and George Washington University where he received a B.A. degree in accounting. On May 12, 1951, he married Doris Elisabeth Spohr (who served as a sergeant in the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve during World War II) of St. Louis, Missouri, at St. Mary’s Church in Alexandria, VA.

He worked for Montgomery Ward and Spurgeon Mercantile, the latter, a chain of department stores based in Chicago before relocating with his family to the east coast, where he had a successful 25-year career in real estate for the J.C. Penney Company, and after his retirement, as a commercial real estate broker. The Bibb family moved to Verona, NJ in 1962 where they were active in the community and in Our Lady of the Lake Church and School. In 2012, Larry moved to Bergen County, NJ.

Larry and his wife of 45 years, Doris were superb dancers. They met at the Lotus Restaurant, a supper club in Washington, D.C. in the late 40’s. Larry was also a long-time member of the Old Dominion Boat Club of Alexandria, VA, where he was a member of the basketball and bowling teams, and was a member of an award-winning eight-oared shell crew, racing in the Middle States Regatta and other races from 1947-1950.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 8 from 4 to 7pm at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale, NJ 07647 (Tel. 201-767-3050).

Visitation will be held in Virginia on Tuesday, April 11 at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032 (Tel. 703-425-9702).

 A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 12 at 10:30am at the Church of the Nativity at 6400 Nativity Lane, Burke, VA 22015 (Tel. 703-455-2400) with interment immediately following, at Fairfax Memorial Park, 9900 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032 (Tel. 703-323-5202).