|Larry enjoys the immediacy of
watercolours, the discipline of
abstraction, and the freedom of
|Joseph E.L. [Larry] Gollner, OMM, CD was born and raised in Vancouver. Larry joined the Princess Patricia
Canadian Light Infantry [PPCLI] as a soldier in 1956 and served until 1993, retiring as a Brigadier General.
He later served as Colonel of the Regiment PPCLI from 2006 to 2010. After leaving the Army, he settled in
Victoria, went into business, and became a community volunteer. Larry is the Patron of the Canadian
Peacekeeping Veterans Association, Vice Patron of the PPCLI Association, a member of the Veteran’s
Ombudsman’s Advisory Council, and President of the Greater Victoria Afghan Memorial Project Society
amongst his other activities.
In 2016 Larry received the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for his continuing contribution to
Canada's veterans well-being.
Larry and his wife Christine reside in Oak Bay. They are active in the arts community as members of the
Victoria Sketch Club.
Larry has always enjoyed art and Christine, a fine artist in her own right, encouraged him to paint. Larry has
painted in France and Spain with the International Art Club, and in many other countries.