Bay business owner passes away in snowmobile accident


BARRY’S BAY – A Barry’s Bay business owner has passed away following a snowmobile accident near Kamaniskeg Lake over the weekend.

According to the Killaloe OPP detachment, Larry Lorbetski, 32, was operating a 2003 Arctic Cat on Kamaniskeg Lake. The machine struck the shoreline and he was ejected from the snow machine.

Police say they were called to the scene near Ray’s Lane at around 10:00 p.m. on December 6.

Larry owned and operated Wild Waters Marine, a business that specialized in small engine repairs.

He is the only child of Linda and Lou Lorbetski of Barry’s Bay.

“Everyone who knew him knew he was kind, sweet and had a super smile,” Linda said of her son. “He was our pride and joy.”

Larry grew up in the Bay and went to Kingston for school, taking a one-year carpentry course. He worked for his uncle Garnet Hudder before doing carpentry on his own.

Larry was an independent man, who always dreamed of being his own boss. Two and a half years ago, he turned that dream into reality by renting a building on Kelley Street in Barry’s Bay and transforming it into Wild Waters Marine.

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