Larry Alkins


Alkins, Larry, 89, of Warwick, died Friday, July 18, 2014, at Fatima Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Sylvia (Levine) Alkins for 62 years. Born in New York, NY, a son of the late Hyman and Rose (Helfner) Cohen, he had lived in Warwick for 52 years. Larry was the co-owner, with his wife Sylvia, of the former Harris Fabrics for 44 years, retiring 2 years ago. He also was an engineer for the City of Warwick Water Dep’t. for 10 years. Larry was a Navy veteran of WW-II, serving as a radar technician stateside. He was a member of Nathaniel Greene Lodge of the Masons, RI Shrine, Jewish War Veterans Post 23, Touro Fraternal Assoc., Ward 4 Committee of the City of Warwick and a former member of Temple Am David. Devoted father of Cheryl Marks and her husband Ron of West Warwick, Mitchell Alkins and his wife Wendy of Boca Raton, FL and Harris Alkins and his wife Denise of East Greenwich. Dear brother of the late Ben Alkins and Gladys Margulies. Loving grandfather of Jared, Sam, Riley, Spencer, Alisa and Rachel. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in TEMPLE AM DAVID, 40 Gardiner St., Warwick. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Shiva will be observed at the Crown Plaza, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick, Tuesday and Wednesday 3-9 p.m. For online condolences, go to


  1. Margie(Kessler) Busby
    Jul 20, 2014

    Cheryl, I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. My prayers go out to you and your family. Just remember your dad is in a better place, without pain and suffering. You now have your own Special Angel…..

  2. Bethany from Avalon
    Jul 20, 2014

    To larry’s family I’m truly sorry for your loss. Larry will be missed dearly, he was such a wonderful person.

  3. Ken and Nancy
    Jul 20, 2014

    Ken, Nancy, Nathan, Brendan, and Jack send our condolences to the Alkins family. We always enjoyed seeing Larry at the many family functions. May he rest in peace.

  4. Arline/Bob Cusick
    Jul 20, 2014

    Our Deepest Sympathy to Sylvia, Mitchell, Harris, Cheryl and the rest of the Alkins Family. Larry was a kind, loving, caring & giving person. His family was his whole life. He gave of himself when you walked into his store. If he sold you fabric, he would cut out your pattern for you, always helpful with suggestions. He was labeled the “Dr./Master” of fixing sewing machines, which is a lost trade. He loved helping people. May you RIP Larry, I know you will be in Heaven helping people fix their machines.
    In friendship, Arline & Bob Cusick

  5. Paula, RN
    Jul 20, 2014

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Sylvia, at this time of such a great loss. God Speed and much love, Paula.

  6. fran marley
    Jul 20, 2014

    im very sorry for your loss larry will be missed he was a very funny smart man he always made me laugh.he loved all his chidren and mostly his wife.our prayers are with all of you.

  7. Extending our heartfelt sympathy to the Alkins family from Carole & Burt in Delray Beach, Florida. We are truly sorry about your loss. Larry will be missed by both of us; we were very fond of him.

  8. Robert S. Helfner
    Jul 21, 2014

    My deepest and sincerest condolences on the passing of Larry “Lable” Alkins. He was a true family friend, kind, generous and always offering sage advice. I fondly remember his sense of humor and fairness. His smile and keen wit shall be missed. May you find solace and comfort amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

    Jul 21, 2014

    Dear Cheryl and family,
    I was sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts are with you. Holly

  10. Marion Woolf
    Jul 22, 2014

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May the good memories of your dad last you a lifetime.

    Mark and Marion Woolf and family

  11. Gordon and Joan Martin
    Jul 24, 2014

    Dear Sylvia,

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on your loss.
    We always enjoyed seeing you and Larry at the Shrine, and talking to you both. I was glad I was able to see Larry at the nursing home also when we were there singing. We will miss his smiling face.


    Joan and Gordon Martin

  12. Maxine Factor
    Jul 24, 2014

    Dear Harris and entire Alkins family,
    Dean and I wanted to express our sincere condolences on the loss of your father, etc..
    We hope that your wonderful memories of your dad will help sustain you through this very difficult time.
    G-d Bless you.
    Maxine (Factor) & Dean Forman

  13. Dan Casey
    Jul 25, 2014

    Dear Harris:
    I’m deeply sorry for your loss

    Dan Casey

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