BETHPAGE, NY—Larry Kravet died peacefully in his bed at home with his family by his side on Wednesday, March 7.
He transformed a small, local fabric jobber into Kravet Inc. – North America’s largest integrated ‘to the trade’ wholesaler of decorative home products. He was the third generation of a now five generation family company. Brands owned by Kravet Inc. include: Kravet, Lee Jofa, Brunschwig & Fils, Groundworks and G.P.&J. Baker. Larry was born in Brooklyn, the eldest of three children. He volunteered for WWII in 1943 and served as a Navy medic on a ship in the Pacific. He graduated from LIU with a business degree in 1948 and joined what was then S. Kravet and Sons in 1949, the same year he married Utta Falkowitz.
After serving his country again in the Korean War, Larry resumed his work at what became Kravet Inc. for the next 60 years.
Larry was a man with many passionate interests. He loved art and nature; more specifically, the colors that are created by both human talents and non-human forces. These would often be integrated into his textile products. He loved fishing, walking in the woods and just observing the details and interactions in nature. He also loved to travel to almost anywhere.
Most importantly he was passionate about his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Utta, his dear brother Alvin; his devoted children- Ellen, Cary and Scott; his son-in-law Raymond Burke; his daughters-in-law Lisa and Leslie; and his five grandchildren- Sara, Daniel, Sander, Shayna and Layton. He was pre-deceased in death by his granddaughter Ariana and his sister Marilyn Chaus. Larry was also deeply loved and respected by his many nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.