When Lawrence Thomases died on Dec. 21, 2010, the final act in a life of philanthropy rested in a bank account in the form of $45,000 designated to a local nonprofit animal shelter. But nearly two years after the death of the 60-year-old Medford man known as Larry to friends and acquaintances, the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem is still awaiting receipt of the donation, and the unassuming act of generosity has stirred up a controversy.
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