HAZARD — Larry Pearlman passed away Feb. 22 at the age of 68. Pearlman was beloved by many throughout Perry County and he played an important role in maintaining downtown Hazard’s livelihood for several years.
Folks visiting Main Street in the 1990s had the option of grabbing a bite to eat at the Hazard Sandwich Shop, thanks in large-part to Larry Pearlman, who opened the business in 1989, along with his sister, Joyce Napier, in the building that had previously housed Hazard Rexall. Another popular destination Pearlman operated was the Wildcat Grill.
Larry Pearlman died of a heart attack at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Mother Goose complex in Wabaco, while waiting to participate in one of his regular joys; the weekly bingo games to benefit Hazard High School’s Band of Gold. Pearlman loved taking part in bingo matches to help local causes. According to his friends, Pearlman positioned his bingo daubers the same way on the table in front of him for good luck before every game.
The night after his passing, Jakes Branch Volunteer Fire Dept. paid tribute to Pearlman during their bingo session at the Mother Goose facility by blocking off his favorite chair to keep it empty throughout the session. His daubers were also placed on the table in front of the chair in his preferred pattern. The Avawam Volunteer Fire Dept. did the exact same thing Friday evening for the bingo fundraiser at their station in honor of their friend and supporter, Larry Pearlman.
Visitation for Larry Pearlman will be March 5 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Maggard’s Mtn. View Chapel in Hazard. A memorial service will immediately follow the visitation at 3:00 p.m.
Portions of the information in this article were provided by WSGS Radio in Hazard.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.