A welder for 37 years at Stero Company in Petaluma, longtime resident Larry Torres died after a battle with liver cancer on May 1, 2013. He was 61.

A native of San Francisco, Mr. Torres served in the National Guard before becoming a caregiver for his uncle. His uncle left him the house, which he sold and then moved to Cotati. He married and had three sons. He eventually divorced, later remarried and came to live in Petaluma.

Mr. Torres was diagnosed with liver cancer a year ago in February.

"His liver and kidneys went out," said his wife, Diane Reilly Torres. "He was on a list for a transplant but they kept taking him off, putting him on and taking him off. Eventually they took him off and said there was nothing more they could do for him."

With his health in decline, a celebration of life for Mr. Torres was held on April 27 at the Sheraton Hotel Petaluma, with many family, friends and former co-workers in attendance.

"He really had a good time at the celebration," said Diane Reilly Torres. "Larry was a good man with a big heart. Before he passed, he paid off the house, and bought a car for me in my name."

Mr. Torres is survived by his wife of 18 years, Diane Reilly Torres; sons, Larry Torres Jr., Paul Torres and Daniel Torres; sister, Linda; and grandchildren.

No memorial services are planned.