Lawrence Howard (Laurie)
November 12, 1919 – April 9, 2008
Laurie was born November 12, 1919 in Innisfail, Alberta. He died April 9, 2008 after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
He was one of 11 children born to Howard and Annie. He grew up on the family farm in Innisfail and with his siblings helped his parents work the farm. Dad left school early to help support the family. He worked a variety of jobs, and when WW2 broke out, he enlisted. He served his country overseas, seeing action in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. While stationed in England, he met and married Peggy Benton and they were together fifty-three years until her untimely death in 1996.
Dad will always be remembered for his love of his family, his unselfish willingness to lend a hand to anyone who needed it, and his commitment to the community. He was a proud member of the Odd Fellows and Rebeccah Lodges, the Black Creek Lions, and spent twenty years with the Oyster River volunteer Fire Department. He also will always be remembered for his awesome sense of humor. No matter what the situation, he could always find a way to make us all laugh and smile and see things in a better light. His smile stayed with him right till the end.
Laurie was predeceased by his first wife Peggy; parents Howard and Annie; brothers Cecil and Keith; sisters Irma, Alice, Edna and Beth.
He leaves to mourn sons Andy (Loraine), Laurie (Susan), Jeff (Sharon); daughters Linda Flint (Harold), Carol Nickel (Jake), Bev Franklin (Reg); 19 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters Vivian, Velma, Joyce and Bonnie. Dad is also survived by his second wife Lucita, and her famiily.
Rest in peace Dad, you surely deserve it. Till we meet again.
No service as per Laurie’s request.