larry wernerLarry Werner, former partner/director/executive VP of Ketchum PR in Pittsburgh, died June 2 after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80.

Known for his mentoring and client relationship skills, the Korean War vet was called the "best-liked man in Pittsburgh" by one-time Ketchum Communications chairman William Genge.

Werner joined Ketchum’s then-headquarters in 1984 after a reporting stint at United Press International and PR jobs at US Steel and Equibank.

He led the office for 16 years before shifting to business development and planning duties and stepping down in 2001.

Werner’s family will receive well wishers at Schellhaas Funeral Home in Sewickley, PA from 6-8 p.m. tomorrow and 2-4 and 6-8 on Thursday.

A mass is set for Friday 10 a.m. at St. John Neumann Church in Pittsburgh.

Contributions may be made to the Larry Werner Memorial Fund, c/o The Pittsburgh Foundation, Five PPG Place, Ste. 250, Pittsburgh 15222.

Proceeds will assist poor cancer patients in need of chemotherapy.