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Born: Jul 25, 1932

Date of Passing: Jan 23, 2018

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LAURIE ARTISS July 25, 1932 - January 23, 2018 Laurie Artiss passed away at the age of 85 in Nanaimo, BC. He was predeceased by the mother of his daughters, Harriett, and his second wife, Joanne. He leaves to mourn, his wife Sheila, daughters, Shaunda (Roy), Karen (Chris), and Dianne (Kelly), five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Laurie was born in Winnipeg, and grew up in Fort Rouge. He worked as a sportswriter with the Winnipeg Tribune, then became sports editor of the Brandon Sun and the Regina Leader-Post. He also served as recreation director in both Dauphin and Virden. In Regina, he moved into the curling equipment business, then branched into Laurie Artiss Limited to develop one of the foremost souvenir pin operations in the world. His firm supplied lapel pins to the 1979 Commonwealth Games and the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, and to the Canadian Curling Association for many years. Aside from his business, his leadership abilities came to the fore as chairman in Regina of the 1973 and 1983 World Curling Championships, the 1976 Macdonald Brier, and Saskatchewan Day at Expo '86. He occupied board positions with Regina's Tartan Curling Club, the Wascana Golf and Country Club, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and both the Canadian Curling Association and the World Curling Federation. He was one of the founders in 1961 of the Grey Owl Golf Tournament at Clear Lake, and until his passing, continued to serve as an honorary director and a much respected consultant. Though suffering from emphysema in the later years of his life, Laurie was a regular player in the tournament through until its 50th edition. He was inducted into six Halls of Fame, those of the Canadian Football Reporters, Manitoba Baseball, Regina Sports, Saskatchewan Sports, the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame, and the Manitoba Media Roll of Honour. In retirement, he lived in Calgary, Fair Oaks, Texas, and finally in Qualicum Beach and Parksville in British Columbia. The family is grateful to the caregivers at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, and to his friends at St. Stephen's United Church in Qualicum Beach, where a celebration of Laurie's life was held on January 26, 2018. To send a condolence to the family, please visit -

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 31, 2018

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • In 1973 I travelled by train from Montreal to Winnipeg for my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary. My uncle Laurie and aunt Harriet were there too. When someone put on some 40's 'swing music' - they jumped into action. Man those cats could swing! Everyone cleared the floor just to watch those two. I remember Laurie as a man who always seemed to be smiling. If it wasn't on his mouth,it was always in his eyes. RIP uncle! Scott. - Posted by: Scott Artiss (Nephew) on: Jan 31, 2018

  • My sincere condolences to Laurie's Family. I played golf with Laurie while we were members at Priddis Greens G & CC west of Calgary. I always enjoyed playing with Laurie and he was just a fun guy to be around, whether it was on the course or in the lounge having a beer after the round. I recall his involvement with the Grey Owl golf tournament at Clear Lake as he and a gentleman by the name of Al Steingart would go and play there every year. Laurie will be missed. - Posted by: Craig Ross (Golf Friend) on: Jan 31, 2018

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