Cumberland - Lawrence Sayegh (Larry Sayco), 86, died on January 25, 2019, at the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence.
Born and raised in Central Falls, a son of the late Louis and Alma (Gora) Sayegh, he had lived in Cumberland for many years.
Larry was always a showman. He was also fascinated by Yo-Yo’s. In 1948 he had his first win in a Yo-Yo competition at the Pawtucket Boys Club. After that, he and his brother, Leroy entered a contest at the Capitol Theatre in Pawtucket, where is was awarded first place and his brother second place, earning them a bicycle and a radio, respectively. By 1951 he was a demonstrator for Duncan Yo-Yo. In the 1950’s he was performing and traveling around the world to promote Duncan Yo-Yos. During that period he also became a World Champion.
Later, Larry started his own company making Yo-Yos branded “Sayco.” He became known as Larry Sayco. He was a one man band, manufacturing, demonstrating, doing parties (still a showman, even in his 70’s), and of course, selling. Two of his books were published: “The Ultimate Yo-Yo Book” in 1998, and, along with Brian Floca, “Another Ultimate Yo-Yo Book: More Great Tricks and Tips!” in 2000. They are still available online today from Amazon, used book stores and collectors.
He is survived by his sisters, Lorice Salem of West Palm, Florida, and Leala Read of Cumberland; and his brother, Leroy Sayegh of Central Falls.
His funeral service will be held Monday, February 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Bellows Funeral Chapel, 160 River Road, Lincoln. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call prior to the service from 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Private burial will take place at the convenience of the family in St. Basil’s Cemetery, Cumberland. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to the Church of Saint Basil the Great Building Fund, 15 Skyview Drive, Lincoln, would be appreciated.
Church of Saint Basil the Great Building Fund
111 Cross Street, Central Falls RI 02865