Former State Senator William Larkin dead, after a life of public service

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William Larkin 1928 - 2019

NEW WINDSOR – State Senator William Larkin, who ended a four-decade political career with his retirement last December, passed away Saturday.  He was 91.

Sen. Larkin’s Obituary

His family released a statement on Sunday announcing the passing.

“”It is with a heavy but full heart that we announce our beloved Bill Larkin has passed away. America and the State of New York have lost a dedicated public servant, soldier, and statesman. Our family lost a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and so much more. We appreciate your thoughts, prayers and best wishes. It is our hope that all of the people whose lives Bill touched in some way over the years will join us in celebrating his life over the coming days.”

Prior to his career in politics, Larkin, a veteran,  served with honor in World War II and Korea.

Larkin, a Republican, was elected to the Assembly in 1979.  He won election to the Senate in 1991.

In this undated photo, Larkin, second from left, at a campaign rally with then-Rep. Congressman Hamilton Fish, Jr., left, then-Ulster County GOP Chairman Al Spada and then-Orange County GOP Chairman Joe Vespo