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Born: Jul 28, 1923

Date of Passing: Mar 29, 2016

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JAMES LAURIE MCGREGOR On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Laurie McGregor, beloved husband of Betty McGregor passed away at the Golden Door Home in Winnipeg at the age of 92 years. Laurie was born in St. Boniface on July 28, 1923, grew up in St. Vital and attended United College where he met his future wife, Betty Baker. Married on August 2, 1944 and together for 72 years, Betty and Laurie enjoyed a very loving marriage enriched with a large family. Laurie was a devoted and caring husband and father, grandfather, great-grandfather to two sons: Jim (Judy), Bill (Gwen), three daughters: Marilyn (Cliff) Zarecki, Joy (Dave) Mintenko, Jan Leishman (Bill), 12 grandchildren: Kara (Kevin) Janzen, Anne (Scott) Gault, Jill (Greg) Nordby, Lindsey (Don) Ross, Brenna (Kenley Christoferson) McGregor, Stephanie (Kent Martin) McGregor, Ashley (Micah) English, Dana McGregor, Sandy (Scott) Marohn, Alex (Mason) Harder, Rob (Daniela) Mintenko and Christine Mintenko, 11 great-grandchildren: Hannah and Olivia Janzen, Sydney and Harrison Gault, Kellan, Kate and Koltan Nordby, Birkley and Scotia Ross, Peyton Marohn and Benjamin English. During the Second World War Laurie enlisted in the Air Force where he was a ground crew mechanic in squadrons stationed in Alaska and Vancouver Island. He loved to share many humorous stories of these times. He and Betty started their married life in Victoria while he served in the Air Force. Most of their life together was spent in Winnipeg where Laurie spent 68 years in the lumber business, the first 20 working for some of Canada's larger lumber companies. In 1967, he and his wife, Betty, formed Finmac Lumber, a wholesale and processing wood company. The Company prospered and grew. It has become the largest wholesale lumber company in Western Canada presently under the leadership of Laurie's son, Bill. Throughout his life, Laurie always found time to give back generously to the community as a Boy Cub and Scout leader, 60 year member of South Winnipeg Kiwanis Club, and member of the Masonic Lodge. He also sat on many organization boards including Rosedale (Churchill Park) United Church, Manitoba Forestry Association, 402 RCAF, City of Winnipeg SOD, MB Hydro Forest Enhancement Committee and Skills Unlimited. Besides his love of family, Dad loved the family cottage at Delta. He enjoyed many summers there and we all have fond family memories of corn roasts, family reunions, and other great times with family and friends which he organized. There was always a happy crowd at #71 West, often listening to one of Grandpa's many stories! His other interests included tree cultivation, curling at the Fort Rouge Curling Club, fishing with his lifelong friends in Northern Manitoba, hunting at the shooting Shack' at Libau . Laurie and Betty enjoyed traveling the world and made it to all continents. Much of Laurie's travel was with CESO (Canadian Executive Services Overseas) where he spent time helping lumber companies in countries like Guyana, Honduras, Russia and Poland solve issues regarding timber business. Laurie will be deeply missed and his memories cherished forever. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service to celebrate Laurie's life will be held at Churchill Park United Church on June 1, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you plant a tree in Laurie's memory.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 02, 2016

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • "Mr Mcgreor", as I referred to him was my first full time employer at the tender age of 18. I didn't realize it then, but I over time I came to realize how unique and rare it is to find a boss who genuinely cares about his employees as individuals. He taught many people many things that will be cherished for many years to come. I'll never forget him and will always cherish the memories. - Posted by: Teresa Gadaleta () on: May 30, 2016

  • A life long friend of son Jim, I've known Laurie since I was 3 feet tall. He was an inspiration and provided a lifetime of counsel, guidance and entertainment. My wife and I extend our condolences to the McGregor family - Posted by: Gary Campbell (Friend) on: Apr 08, 2016

  • Our condolences to Betty and the family as well as the extended Delta family. - Posted by: Penny and Ron Smith and Family (Delta) on: Apr 07, 2016

  • I first met Laurie in 1958 when I was a kid starting out in the Air Reserve. He was always ready to explain and teach and he would patiently wait until you got it right. He was an airman's friend. In later years he was always ready, willing, and generous with his wood scraps for small hobby projects and you never turned down his offer of coffee and a tour of his museum. We will miss his smile and humour. Our heartfelt condolences to Betty and the family. - Posted by: Russ & Gwen Lanoway (Friends from 402 Squadron and 402 Association.) on: Apr 06, 2016

  • Our sincere condolences to Betty and the family. Laurie was a long-time member of the WRLA and he will be missed. About 2 years ago I had the pleasure of visiting Laurie at Finmac to tour his museum. We also interviewed him on his history in the building supply industry for a video for the WRLA's 125th Anniversary. He was a great story-teller and loved to share his history. - Posted by: Caren Kelly, WRLA (Western Retail Lumber Association - Member) on: Apr 04, 2016

  • to Laurie's family: my condolences to all of you. Laurie was a favourite resident of mine (receptionist) at Riverwood Square. He always looked forward to visits and outings with his family and going to visit Betty. Colleen - Posted by: Colleen Sinclair (friend) on: Apr 04, 2016

  • An amazing and interesting man. We like to send along our condolences - Posted by: Carolynn and Ronald Marohn (Uncle to Scott and Sandy Marohn) on: Apr 03, 2016

  • JL lead by example from the day I met him. Rightfully, he was always very proud of the company he and Betty started and the Finmac family that came from their efforts. I had opportunity to join him on some of his fishing adventures which created lasting memories for all involved. A great man, JL will be missed by all of us who knew him. - Posted by: Greg Martin (Friend, empolyee of Finmac Lumber) on: Apr 02, 2016

  • "Lawrence of Finmac" was a great guy. - Posted by: Gord Horne (Friend) on: Apr 02, 2016

  • My condolences to Betty and the family. I used to work for Laurie when he was manager of Primco in Winnipeg in 1962-63 and remember delivering lumber for the cottage at Delta one weekend and spent the weekend constructing it all. I remember Betty's Dad Frank working in the office also. Sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Michael Harrison (friend, employee) on: Apr 02, 2016

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