We sadly report that two of our beloved members – Larry Additon & Carlo Roberti – passed away in April.
LAWRENCE C. ADDITON
Our dahlia community is richer for having known Lawrence C. Additon. Larry was a man of many virtues who passed away on April 28, 2018 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. To the end, he never quit, going out to his property whenever possible to tend his many gardens and spending time with his cherished family – his wife of 66 years, Joan, their four children, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Larry was a graduate of Wentworth Institute and an engineer. He worked as a civilian employee for the US Navy at Quonset for 25 years, later working at Raytheon and EG&G before retiring. He proudly served his county in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.
A very active and valued member of the Rhode Island Dahlia Society, Larry was a past president who later served as the treasurer and membership chair for a number of years. He also assisted RIDS show chairmen with whatever needed doing – from making perfect wedges to hold our dahlia stems, to generating show signage and the show program, to recording and submitting show data to ADS, and whatever else he was asked to do, often without recognition or the desire for same. He made significant contributions to the organization and management of the Society and served as a mentor to new growers.
Larry was generous with his time and knowledge and happily shared his love of gardening, warmly welcoming visitors to explore his extensive dahlia beds, landscaped property and vegetable plantings. Each of us has special memories of Larry’s generosity and kindness. For me, one in particular stands out.
About 15 years ago, a society member asked Larry what fertilizer he used to get such a beautiful crop of dahlias each year. Larry told him it was a special mix made for him by Agway, a local farm supply store. He then proceeded to take orders from members, picked up all of the orders and brought them to the next meeting for pick-up. That’s a huge dollop of kindness!
Rest in peace, Larry Additon. You have left a trail of memories that will long be remembered.
Carlo Roberti passed away on April 25, 2018 after a long illness.
Carlo loved nature and plants. He earned a BS from the University of Rhode Island followed by an MS in plant pathology. He served as a Captain in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Subsequently, he taught high school mathematics for more than 30 years and coached track and field and cross country.
Carlo served as the Rhode Island State Plant Pathologist and conducted regular inspections of registered nurseries to identify diseases and prescribe treatments. Throughout his life he was an avid gardener. He had a large library of plant books and an insatiable appetite for reading them.
He was best known for growing many varieties of tomatoes, but later in life expanded his repertoire to include dahlias. He joined the Rhode Island Dahlia Society 13 years ago and made it a family affair, attending meetings with his wife Arlene, his son Peter and, on occasion, his granddaughters.
While a member of RIDS, Carlo offered valuable insights into plant pathology. Besides his wife of 58 years, he is survived by three sons and six grandchildren.