Virginia lawmakers are honoring the memory of Larry Dillard, the longtime aide and childhood friend of U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) who died Wednesday following a tour of Fort Monroe in Hampton with Scott and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner earlier this week.
“There are no words to describe the profound loss and sorrow that pervades all those who had the good fortune to know Larry,’’ Scott said in a statement. “He will be remembered as a tireless worker, devoted friend and mentor to many. Larry was a passionate history buff, avid Yankees fan, fountain of knowledge, skillful diplomat and the consummate spokesperson. He will be thought about often and sorely missed.”
Warner said, “Bobby inspires incredible loyalty from those who work with him, and no one exemplifies that more than Larry Dillard. In the 20 years I’ve known and worked with Congressman Scott, Larry was always close by, serving as much more than a spokesman.
“Larry was a dedicated public servant and a friend to all he met, and I extend my sincerest condolences to Larry’s family and friends.”
Dillard was a journalist before entering politics. He worked for U.S. Rep. Thomas Bliley (R-Va.) before joining Scott’s staff in the General Assembly and later in Congress.
“I first had the pleasure of meeting Larry while working for Congressman Tom Bliley in Richmond, for whom Larry also served before his work with my friend Bobby Scott,’’ House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). “My thoughts and prayers are with the Dillard family, Congressman Scott, his staff, and all those who knew and worked with Larry as we remember his life and commitment to the Commonwealth.”
Dillard, Scott’s communications director, became ill around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the end of an historical tour of Fort Monroe. He died Wednesday night at Sentara CarePlex Hospital in Hampton. He was 59.
“Larry will be truly missed by all who knew him,’’ Del. Mamye BaCote, (D-Newport News) on behalf of the Legislative Black Caucus. “He was a wealth of knowledge and a mainstay on Congressman Scott’s staff.”