BRACKENRIDGE, Pa. (AP) - William T. Larkin, known for his waxed
handlebar mustache and 46 years as a photographer in the hills and
valleys east of Pittsburgh, died of a heart attack at his home
Saturday. He was 63.
Larkin, chief photographer of the Valley News Dispatch in
Tarentum, was one of the best-known photographers in the Alle-Kiski
Valley, capturing life and events in Allegheny, Westmoreland,
Butler and Armstrong counties for more than 40 years.
"If pictures are worth a thousand words, then Bill Larkin
filled a library," said Rick Monti, general manager of the Valley
News Dispatch.
Others said they would remember Larkin for his selflessness. He
often helped out-of-town and sometimes competing photographers with
assignments.
"If you came in from out of town to compete against him, he
would fill you in on everything you needed to know and needed to
do," said Bill Campbell, a photographer for the Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette.
Larkin had also been a volunteer firefighter in Tarentum since
1956.