John C. Larsson, 70: Avid sailor, Manpower leader put people first

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YARMOUTH — John Charles Larsson, 70, of Yarmouth and Vero Beach, Florida, died Jan. 28.

He was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, on July 24, 1944, the son of Inga (Sorensen) and Karl Harry Larsson. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse. In 1978, Larsson moved to Maine and acquired leadership of Manpower Maine. The human resources and staffing agency continues to flourish throughout the state, 37 years later.

Larsson enjoyed water skiing, snow skiing and, especially, sailing. He sailed extensively along the East Coast and throughout the Caribbean, with favorite stops in the Bahamas and Puerto Rico. One of his most memorable adventures was picking up his new sailboat, Tusen Takk (“a thousand thanks”), in Sweden, cruising the west coast of Europe, and then making a 19-day crossing of the Atlantic. Larsson also enjoyed Thursday-night racing at the Portland Yacht Club in Falmouth.

The people in Larsson’s life were what mattered most and truly “floated his boat.” Whether immediate family or his “family” at Manpower, they were always his pleasure and treasure.

Larsson is survived by his wife, Bobbee Larsson, of Yarmouth and Vero Beach, Florida; his son, Erik Larsson, wife Phoebe and their children, Trygvy and Annika, of Colorado; his son, Christopher Larsson, of San Francisco; his sister, Sonja Knudsen, and husband, Donald, of Plymouth, Minnesota; his cousin, Harriet Eriksson, and husband, Hakan, of Sweden; his stepdaughter, Kimberly Gentile, husband Peter and their children, Meghan, Emma and Sophie, of Bridgewater, Massachusetts; his stepson, Thomas Mark Johnston, wife Journey and their daughter, Evelyn, of Montgomery Center, Vermont; as well as many individuals associated with Manpower.

In Larsson’s memory, a time of gathering and celebration was held Feb. 7 at Lindquist Funeral Home in Yarmouth.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to VNA Hospice of Treasure Coast, at

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