Apr 30, 1926 - Apr 13, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019
A Memorial Service will be held for Garry on Saturday, June 15th at St. Leonard’s on The Hill Anglican Church, 4241 - 44 Street, Red Deer at 11: 00 am
Pine Lake Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, Family and friends who wish to make a memorial contribution in Gary’s name, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Foundation.
Henry Gardner Lawrence
April 30, 1926 - April 13, 2019
After a rather difficult last two years of illness, Garry's soul left this earthly plain and joined his wife Patricia in heaven, where they will be together forever in a trouble free existence, able to share in many joys once more. He leaves behind Jonathan, his son who resides in Edmonton.
Garry was born in Elnora, Alberta, and always had a deep love for the country side around the Pine Lake area. Following in his parent's footsteps, Garry was known for his strong work ethic, and morals. Starting with BA Oil in Red Deer, he transferred to Edmonton and worked for Gulf Oil for many years before retiring as Gulf Oil morphed into Petro Canada.
Always a perfectionist, and workaholic, Garry greatly enjoyed escaping the City on most weekends to visit with his strong network of cousins in the Red Deer and Calgary areas, and was occasionally known to "drop in" just about Supper time. Garry loved to walk through the pastures, checking on the herds of cattle, and fences. He loved watching the sun set over the rolling hills around Pine Lake and Delburne.
Like his Father, Valentine Henry Lawrence, Garry was an avid reader, and spent countless hours reading a good book in his easy chair, overlooking his front garden at the home that he and Patricia shared for 25 years. They both loved to sit, read and enjoy each other's company in their living room, after a day of gardening and lawn care on a beautiful Summer evening. As with everything else, Garry's lawn had to be perfect, and he could spot a dandelion near the bottom of the yard from his reading chair.
Garry had many friends in Sylvan Lake, Red Deer and beyond. He loved chatting with neighbours, and visiting with people at all of the local business that he frequented. He was a strong Anglican, and a loyal member of the congregation at St. Mary's and St. Timothy's Anglican Church in Sylvan Lake. Back in the days of better health, he loved taking care of the grounds around the Church, and volunteered with the Boy Scouts.
Dad and Patricia both had a love of fine dining, high fashion and Classical music. Dad loved to go the Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton for a Bach or Mozart Concert, and enjoyed the drive home to Sylvan Lake as the sun set over the crops, and the shadows grew longer.
Garry was an avid animal lover, and was especially fond of their last dog, Bobby. That dog never knew he was a dog, because he was treated like royalty by both Garry and Patricia. In fact, Dad will be laid to rest at Pine Lake Cemetery with Bobby's ashes buried between his and Patricia's. That is what they both wanted, and Bobby's likeness is etched into the head stone.
It is at this time of year, as the sun sets on another perfect Summer day, that we fondly remember Garry, and treasure every moment that we were able to enjoy his humour and huge heart. The world will never be the same without him, and everything will be just a little less perfect. Garry's passing leaves an immense void in the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him, and heaven is gaining another angel.
I had the pleasure of getting to know Garry in the last 2 years and enjoyed many visits over coffee and cookies, or running in to him at the grocery store and stopping to chat. I'm glad I got the opportunity to visit with him at Bethany shortly before he passed. I'm sad to have just found the obituary now as I would have liked to pay my respects at his funeral. Sending love to his family - Garry will be missed!
Jane Lawrence Cilo, Highlands Ranch, Colorado:
It is with tremendous sadness that I say goodbye to my eldest cousin, Garry. I shall miss his immense sense of kindness, decorum and quick mind. He was a member of a dying breed of proper gentleman who had no difficulty discerning between right and wrong.He loved discussing recent books read as well as the politics of the day both in Canada and the USA.
My thoughts and best wishes are with Jonathan.
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