Pensacola tennis great Larry Caton passes

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Last Wednesday, one of Pensacola's finest-ever tennis players, Mr. Larry Caton, passed. Larry played for Tulane University in the late 1950s and won an NCAA national championship there. He spent most of his tennis life at Bayview Park's tennis facilities, and was a fixture there, offering free lessons always with a smile.

This past Saturday, I attended a memorial service for Larry. The service was attended by over 200 people. Many who attended shared stories, laughs, and tears for one of Pensacola's tennis pioneers.

The City of Pensacola is in discussions about the proper way for Larry to be recognized. One of the things that is being discussed is naming a court after him at either Bayview or Roger Scott.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pensacola Junior Tennis Association, 4601 Piedmont Rd, Pensacola, FL 32503.


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