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LARRY (LAWRENCE) ARTHUR BUHR

Born: Apr 12, 1938

Date of Passing: Mar 05, 2017

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LARRY (LAWRENCE) ARTHUR BUHR P.Eng. (1938 2017) It is with sadness that we announce Larry Buhr passed away unexpectedly on March 5, 2017 with his wife Kat by his side. He was born April 12, 1938. Surviving Larry are his loving wife Kat; his children, Greg (Heather), Jill (Claude Armand) and Derek (Yeo) and grandchildren, Iris, Oriane, Hugo and Abigail; and three sisters, and four brothers, Norman (Carol); Delores (Paul Chellew); Ken (Lou-Anne); Lorna (Don Braun); Marlene (Bob Wilson); Allen (Catherine); Howard (Francine) and numerous nieces and nephews. Larry grew up and went to school in Altona. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc.CE in 1960 and received his Masters degree in 1969. He became a registered Professional Engineer in 1961. He was employed by the Province of Manitoba for four years, then spent 35 years with Dillon before starting his own firm in 2001. In this new career under LAB consulting firm, he provided advice to Regulatory bodies in Manitoba PUB, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories. During those 16 year's he continued to provide engineering advice service to the Public Utilities Board with respect to hydroelectric issues. He was also a member of the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. Larry enjoyed his work in the consulting engineering field and loved his work with the PUB and always felt he could "make a difference". Frequently he would meet with fellow engineers, accountants or lawyers over lunch to talk about the issues at hand. In fact, he was quite well known within the hospitality industry for his working lunches which could easily extend beyond the lunch hour. To name some of Larry's favourite places to dine could easily become an endless task. However, let it be known, Larry always had a favourite table waiting for him at many establishments. Thank you for holding the table for him. People knew that if he did not call by 11:30, he either would be late (unlikely) or he'd be dining there the next day. Usually it was a meeting that interfered with his lunch engagements. He and Kat spent the last 14 years together. They enjoyed their time together dining out with friends and business associates (friends and business associates soon became one of the same) and vacationing somewhere south in winter. Rarely did they travel to the same island more than once unless it was Cuba or Turks and Caicos. When Kat would be keeping herself busy biking around the islands, Larry would be back at the resort sketching, reading or just resting with a beverage. That was his idea of a holiday: rest. Larry loved golf and had been a member at Rossmere for a while before becoming a member at Niakwa. After Larry met Kat, she soon became a member at Niakwa and, together, they spent many hours on or off the golf course. Whether they played golf or just went there to eat or shop, they could frequently be found at Niakwa. In his younger years, Larry enjoyed curling until work got in the way. Later, he took up extreme Sudoku when he needed a break. Suduko was very enjoyable as long as it posed a challenge to him. Larry enjoyed his children and always supported their endeavours in life. If Derek was into hockey, so was his dad. If Greg wanted to pursue his dream of becoming a musician, his dad supported him. If Jill decided to switch hobbies, her dad supported her. He did whatever he could for his children well into their adulthood. All three of his children blessed him with amazing grandchildren. It is a shame that he missed hearing young Hugo say after his grandpa passed on, "I got two goals for you grandpa" when playing soccer in Colombia. His grandchildren will miss him. The Buhr family wishes to thank the staff and doctors at St. Boniface Hospital for their dedication and compassion while he was in their care. Larry being Larry was not a fan of hospitals so he wanted out as soon as he arrived via ambulance. His wife had barely left the house when he called her and said that he wanted to leave the hospital. Shortly thereafter he made an executive decision that he'd only be staying for a day. Within 24 hours, less a minute or two, Larry had passed away. My husband did it his way. He was a very private person. And he remained private right to the end. One thing about my husband that was not very private, he was known for his brilliance. I am sure that some PUB and Hydro members are still wondering how Larry came to that conclusion. Give yourself time. Larry was also a man of few words. However, when he spoke, people listened. Larry was even known by most as a gentle giant. A man who never demanded respect, he just had it. May you rest in eternal peace my love, forever yours, Kat. Donations can be made to a charity of your choice. Perhaps when we are ready to raise a glass, it would be nice/ appropriate to have a celebration of his life. Special thanks to Ken who supported Kat and Larry and to his lovely wife Lou-Anne. Thank you. Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at www.glenlawn.ca Glen Lawn Funeral Home 204-982-7550

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 18, 2017

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I had the pleasure of getting to know Larry (and having a working lunch with him), when M.M. Dillon were working on 2 projects for MB Highways & Transportation: the design of the Red River Bridge north of Selkirk; and planning for the twinning of PTH 75 between Winnipeg and Emerson. Larry and the rest of the Dillon team clearly enjoyed their work, were courteous, thorough and professional at all times, and were a pleasure to work with. I have lived and worked in BC since 1989, and lost touch with Larry, but was so sad to learn recently from the Summer 2017 Keystone Professional (Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba) of Larry's passing, and wish to pass my sincere condolences to his family and friends. - Posted by: Timothy Stevens (Engineering colleague in the period 1977-89 when I worked for MB Hwys & Trans) on: Jul 26, 2017

  • As Chairman of the Public Utilities Board from 2004 to 2012, my colleagues on the board and I relied heavily on Larry's expert advice. Larry was a tremendous contributor to the work of PUB, particularly with respect to PUB's reviews of Manitoba Hydro. Larry was always listened to, and his research and opinions were key supports to the Board's decisions (through a succession of Hydro rate applications and hearings). A,ways ho to date as to engineering matters, he always was cordial as he worked well with PUB's staff and other advisors. While our business lunches were often long, they always were based on and included the provision of Larry's carefully thought out thoughts. Through a number of conferences, I also came to know Kat, and quickly recognized the love and support each of them provided to the other. Larry was one of the 'good guys'; the world is poorer for his leaving it. I regret providing my thoughts now, March 24, but being in a long sojourn in the sun I was unaware of Larry's departure untill today. Best wishes to Kat and his extended family, I am sure your memories of Larry are warm and happy. - Posted by: Graham Lane () on: Mar 24, 2017

  • I had the pleasure of knowing Larry through the Public Utilities Board. His advice on hydro electric issues was always considered and came from a depth of knowledge acquired over many years of experience. But he also had a great sense of humour and when he work was done, he was happy to shoot the breeze about sports, politics or any other issue that was topical on a given day. I'll miss his smile, his views and his wise counsel. My thoughts are with his family. - Posted by: Marilyn Kapitany (Colleague) on: Mar 20, 2017

  • Everyone at Original Joe's enjoyed when the two of you would come down. Larry was always very kind to us. He was indeed, as you put it, a gentle giant. He will be missed by all. xxx ooo - Posted by: Josie Morin () on: Mar 18, 2017

  • My Condolences to the Family, so sorry to hear about your loss. Your description of Larry was exactly like I knew Larry. I knew him in Business, Golf & Great dinners, remember his selection of Port. Larry enjoyed life and I believe taught other people to enjoy also. - Posted by: Gerry Ducharme (Friend and Busines) on: Mar 18, 2017

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