After Nick Cerio had passed away, there were a few students who were advised to train with Professor Larry Garon; I was one of those students. His teachings and training was great, his stories were great, his infectious smile and laugh was great…..HE was beyond great. They just don’t make people like this anymore.
He will be missed by thousands of people who either associated him by his days as a Boston Patriot, as the Dean of Business at Bunker Hill Community College, or his immense stature as a world renowned martial artist and mentor as he was to me.
Heaven has some really solid Kenpo teachers……tell Soke Nancy and Professor Cerio I say hi.
Ron Gately has been a friend, a Kenpo mentor, a Defensive Tactics partner, a co-worker and someone who I have known for years. We originally knew each other through our Kenpo connections and later we worked together as Police Officers and also as Defensive Tactics Instructors in various Police Academies. When speaking to Ron and him telling me about his sickness, I felt like someone kicked me in the gut. When I was up visiting Ron in the hospital, we chatted and told Ron that he was being promoted to the rank of 9th degree black belt and the title of Grandmaster in Bob Lynn’s Kenpo Karate. This was dated that last time we would spend time together: November 20, 2018. This certification was verified by Soke Paul Cervizzi.
Throughout the New England Kenpo connections and Police agencies throughout Massachusetts, Ron was greatly respected and will be sorely missed. His greatness in the Kenpo legacy will be forever enshrined here with me. OSU