I found out from his obituary (below) that Michael was one of the founders of a charity called Take the Lead which is “dedicated to provide direct services, support and care for all qualified participants in the sport of dogs who suffer from the devastating realities of life-threatening or terminal illnesses.” In keeping with this week’s “It’s a Small World” theme, the current chairman of it turns out to be one of my old deans from TCU, who I now recall was involved in judging dog shows.
LARIZZA, MICHAEL DEAN
Michael Larizza, 47, of Port Chester, passed away on November 27, 2006, at his home, from a massive heart attack. He was the beloved son of Louis Larizza and Arlene Amigron, born on August 21, 1959. He is survived by his companion, Rob Sloop, his siblings, Louis, Gina, Renee, and Mark. He also left behind his five nieces, two nephews, sisters-in-law, Nella, Tricia, and stepmother, Kathy. For the past 30 years, Michael was the devoted owner of Stonybrook Kennels in White Plains, NY.
He had an undeniable passion for his dogs. Michael traveled to various shows where his dogs often won Best in Show. He also had the privilege of judging at Madison Square Garden’s Westminster Dog Show. Michael was also one of the founders of Take the Lead. This is a nonprofit organization dedicated to provide direct services, support and care for those suffering the devastating affects of AIDS. In lieu of flowers, please donate to, Take the Lead, PO Box 6353, Watertown, NY 13601.