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Born: Jan 17, 1927

Date of Passing: Apr 14, 2017

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DR. LAWRENCE F. DOUGLAS On April 14, 2017, Dr. Lawrence Fitzroy Douglas died at his home in Winnipeg. Born January 17, 1927 in Mount St. George, Tobago, Lawrence was the eldest of four children born to Eldred and Malvina Lawrence Douglas. A member of the "little Carib" dance troupe, Lawrence performed in the Caribbean Festival of Arts in Puerto Rico in 1952 and in Jamaica's tercentenary celebration in 1955, he continued dancing until 1960. Following his younger brother, Eustace, to Vancouver, Lawrence studied sociology earning a B.A. and M.A. from UBC. Upon completion of his Masters in 1962 he taught at Western Washington State College in Bellingham. Lawrence then left for the United Kingdom where he welcomed the birth of his daughter Delia and obtained a Doctorate in Sociology at the London School of Economics in 1964. Lawrence returned to WWSC before moving to Winnipeg as a single father in 1967, joining the Department of Sociology, at the University of Manitoba, where he taught until his retirement in 1989. Lawrence loved his tennis, music, gardening, photography, cooking, single malt scotch and a good aged rum. His family and friends will miss his keen intellect and hearty laughter. Lawrence is survived by his younger sister Monica; his daughter Delia; and his beloved pets, Masulu and Bandit. In accordance with his wishes a cremation has taken place. A memorial will be held on Sunday, June 25 at 2:00 p.m. at St. John's College, 92 Dysart Rd., Winnipeg, MB.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 12, 2017

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • I just heard of Lawrence's passing. He was a cousin and I remember spending time with him and Eustace in Vancouver while at UBC. My deepest sympathy to his daughter Delia. - Posted by: Vivian Wylie (Cousin) on: Nov 16, 2020

  • My condolence. I was a student of Larry's in the 1970's. And I say with pride an confidence that he was one of my most inspiring teachers. I know he was often hard on students and demanded a lot, but that is what I needed and appreciated. He set high standards and though I didn't understand what that rigor meant, I do now. I thought of him often and once visited in the 1980's but I lost contact. I regret that I just found out about his death today. - Posted by: Dennis Lewycky (student) on: Nov 24, 2017

  • Mom knew your Dad as a brother. My brother and I called him Uncle Douggie. To us you are our cousin. We are with you in this difficult time and you will always be our family. We love you so much Delia. - Posted by: David Robins (Extended family friend) on: Jun 26, 2017

  • My condolences and best wishes to Delia, and to those who knew Larry and held him dearly. I know that Larry's core values of honor and integrity live on in you, Delia, and that the obvious space created by his passing is not entirely vacant. William - Posted by: William Pitt (Family Friend) on: May 19, 2017

  • Condolences Delia, I know that you will miss your dad tremendously. Most of what I knew of your father was garnered through our conversations. I can say that I had nothing but great respect for Mr. Douglas, a very genuine person. - Posted by: Brad (Friend of Delia) on: May 17, 2017

  • I remember when we used to hang out at your place and watch T.V ( this was back in the day when there were no remote controls ) and you automatically jumped up every time there was a commercial to turn off the volume! I remember your dad saying that commercials were nonsense. Your father shaped my thinking after that to be more discerning about what I allowed to influence my thoughts and for that I will ever be grateful. On behalf of myself and the Flake family; even though mere words fall short in expressing true feelings- We want to let you know we are thinking of you at this difficult time in your life and want you to know that we are praying with you for peace and compassion. - Posted by: Debbie Olfert(Flake) (Friend of Delia) on: May 12, 2017

  • Condolences to Delia from Lucinda , Lisa and Kevin Gordon. Larry was a dear friend to the family, always supportive. Lucinda missed the weekly supply of vegetables from his garden while she lived in Fort Richmond. We are sorry we cannot attend the memorial on June 25, but we will always remember him and be supportive of Delia. Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Lucinda Gordon (Friend) on: May 12, 2017

  • So sorry to hear of your loss Delia. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Patricia (Campbell) Lund (childhood friend of Delia) on: May 12, 2017

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