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DOUGLAS HENRY WALTER LAWRENCE On January 20, 2015, Douglas Henry Walter Lawrence passed away peacefully at the age of 88. Husband of Joan (predeceased), of 64 years, father of Janet (Holly), Terry (Michael), Penny (Bruce) and Kim (Jacques), grandfather of Ryan, Sean, Darcie, Christopher, Jacqueline, and great-grandfather to Jayden and Victoria. As per Dad's request there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society or the Salvation Army. Doug's Quote: "It was all a great adventure"
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 24, 2015
Condolences & Memories (9 entries)
Doug was fun to talk to, always smiling, world of knowledge for sure. He would blend in no matter where he was. - Posted by: Frank & Sylvia Ladan () on: Jan 27, 2015
Uncle Doug has been a great uncle/godfather to me, will miss you muchly. Sorry for trying to stuff Penny into the clothes hamper. Say hey to everybody up there. Save us a spot by the water - Posted by: Keith (Nephew, Godson) on: Jan 26, 2015
Mr Lawrence was a true gentleman who had a hearty laugh and a loving heart. Life was an adventure to be enjoyed thoroughly. I will miss him but hold him in my heart. - Posted by: Susan Connelly (friend of the family) on: Jan 26, 2015
I will always remember Doug as an inspiring man and a friend. I worked with him in Corrections as he was firstly a Program manager and later Superintendent of Headingley and later as Director of Adult Corrections. He was man of true intelligence and wit - humble and self-effacing and always considerate, sometimes undeservedly so, of his colleagues.He extended his compassion to me and mentored me with great patience and always humour. I think he was the greatest supporter I ever had in my career. Doug survived a nasty period in Corrections, full of plots, intrigues and narcissistic individuals. I know it took a toll on him. So I was delighted when he retired and was able to pursue his other passions. Writing and gardening were important to him and he grew adept enough to be a coach in both. The last time I saw Doug was at a model railroad exhibition where he was thoroughly enjoying himself and his hobby. He spoke often of his love for his family but kept his private life private at work, something I learned from him as well. His passing is a loss for us but a victory for Heaven. I pray that I might run into him there and that we can debate, yet again, why a cauliflower is just a cabbage with an education. - Posted by: Reg Forester (Former co-worker and friend) on: Jan 25, 2015
i knew d.h. from approx 1947, when doug first started to date my sister , after a few months he purchased a motor bike and i would not leave him alone unless he took me for a ride.we have stayed firm friends since then we have shared laughter and sorrows , he was the best friend and brother in law a man could ask for. god bless. frank r. - Posted by: henry (frank ) rich (brother in law ) on: Jan 25, 2015
My life has been constantly changing over the years But the one thing that remained constant was you Thank you for being a wonderful father, I will miss you dearly. "I'll love you forever I'll like you for always As long as I'm living My daddy you'll be." Fair winds and following seas dad. - Posted by: Janet Lawrence (Daughter) on: Jan 25, 2015
I had the pleasure of first meeting D. H. Lawrence as we knew him in the beginning of 1958 when he was Headmaster of Knowles School for Boys & I became one of the boys for the next couple of years. Both the school & his position as Headmaster influenced my journey through life far more than I would have imagined. There are countless stories I could tell but the most important to me is of the Sea Scout Troop that Doug was proud of. After arriving at Knowles I joined the Sea Scout Troop & thanks to previous knowledge of scouting he put me in charge of the troop two years running when the local scouting organization held their annual camping get-together as his duties didn't allow him to attend. It was an adventure I'm glad I experienced; poison ivy, mosquitoes, living in a tent & learning to get along with others. I got to reconnect with Doug a few years back & have enjoyed getting to know him again & learning about his life's adcentures & meeting some of his family. I'm proud to call him a friend & to remember him for the man I got to know. He will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Bill Lazenby a.k.a. Lars (Friend) on: Jan 24, 2015
For 80 years he's been My Big Brother,an inspiration and idol. We mirrored each other in many facets of life, Scouts, amateur theatre, writing, movies and love of family and friends. We shared so much. The loss hurts deeply but the memories are wonderful. I love you Big Brother. - Posted by: Terry David Larence (Brother) on: Jan 24, 2015
Doug Lawrence was an amazing guy, but he was so modest he would deny it. He dealt with some awful challenges, including the death of his mother when he was a kid, being torpedoed in the Atlantic in WWII, the death of his tiny son, and the loss of his beloved Joan. There were times in his life when Doug was cruelly treated by authority figures and employers. In spite of these and other setbacks, Doug was friendly, kind, generous and he had a wonderful sense of humour. He once sent me a postcard bearing the photograph of a British prison, with the caption, "Wish You Were Here". Doug saw Laurel & Hardy perform live and he was an expert on early movies, as well as Indian food, model railroads and gardening. His family always came first. R.I.P. old friend! - Posted by: Bill Stevens (Friend) on: Jan 24, 2015
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