His newspaper ad pleads for wife who left, changed her number, locked the gates and ignored a dozen roses.
By JESSIE-LYNNE KERR
Larry's last name is almost unnecessary. To thousands of people, he is simply "that guy who took out a full page newspaper ad to ask for forgiveness."
The Orlando man, who declined to give his last name, set tongues wagging Tuesday when readers of the Times-Union saw his full-page ad on Page A-6.
"Please believe the words in my letter, they are true and from my heart. I can only hope you will give me the chance to prove my unending love for you. Life without you is empty and meaningless," the ad read in part.
The $17,000 mea culpa was to Marianne, his wife of 17 1/2 years. She left him almost two weeks ago, he said Tuesday afternoon.
"It was a culmination of things," he said about his wife's departure, "but I am desperately trying to save our marriage."
His estranged wife won't call him, and she changed her cell phone number so he can't call her. Her parents, who live near Jacksonville, removed his name from the approved visitor list at their gated community so he can't get in to see her.
When his gift of five dozen roses did not get a response, he turned to the newspaper.
"I did it just to show her how much she means to me," he said. "I want everyone to know that."
He said he knows she saw the advertisement because a relative is still speaking to him.
"She said my wife read the ad and started crying. But so far I've had no response from her," Larry said.
The Times-Union's advertising department has a policy protecting the privacy of advertisers in the newspaper and declined to identify the man.
Jay Weimar, the newspaper's director of display advertising, said his department received a lot of calls from readers about the ad.
"They want to know if she has responded and if they have worked things out," Weimar said. "We tell them we are pulling for him."
Larry said he plans to give Marianne some time to sort things over.
"I do hope she comes back to me," he said. "I just love her to death with all my heart."