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Born: Oct 16, 1935

Date of Passing: Dec 30, 2019

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On December 30, 2019, after an adventurous, love-filled life, Lawrence (Larry) Pokrant, aged 84, passed away at the Grace Hospital with his family by his side.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years Gladys (Lake); daughter Janice (Andrew); sons, Randy (Linda), Rick (Jodi); brother Elmer (Verna), and sister-in-law Irene; his grandchildren, Aliya, Ashton, Justin, Braiden, Daria, Emily, Hannah and great-grandchild Athena, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father Frederick and mother Helena Pokrant, sister Vi (Henry), sister Ruth (Don), and brother Ed.
Dad was born October 16, 1935 in Rosenfeld, Manitoba. In his early years he grew up on the family farm. At the age of 13, the family relocated to Winnipeg where he attended Earl Grey and then Kelvin High School and where he helped out at the family grocery store. After school he first worked at the TD Bank, then TransCanada Air and in the spring of 1961 and with an adventurous spirit, he made a decision that would shape his life forever.
Dad took a position with the DOT that took him to places like Port Harrison and Resolute Bay in Northern Canada. It was here he met the love of his life and best friend Gladys Lake, a young nurse from Wolfville, NS. The two of them were married in 1964 and their family began. After returning to Winnipeg, Dad worked for a number of companies and eventually started his own business called Larry's Auto Sound Service. Towards the end of his career, Dad worked at Cottonwood Golf Course, which was a perfect fit for him and his love of golf!
Dad's faith was built in his early years and something that was dear to him for the rest of his life. Sherwood Park Church became the family church and Dad spent years teaching Sunday school, elected to the church council, singing in the choir and was always dedicated to helping others, even delivering used clothing and food to the Trinity Food Bank till a couple of months ago.
Dad had many interests including attending all of his children's and then grandchildren's school events and activities. He also loved all sports and rarely missed any of the kid's games. He loved golf and played most weeks for the past 50 years and enjoyed curling in the winter. Dad and Mom also travelled extensively seeing every province in Canada and all US states, including a few trips overseas.
But without a doubt, the most important thing in Dad's life was his family. We will miss his stories, advice and unconditional love and will cherish the memories of him in our hearts forever.
A funeral service and luncheon celebrating Lawrence's life will be held at Sherwood Park Church, 7 Tudor Crescent in Winnipeg on Wednesday January 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., with viewing at 9:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sherwood Park Church Memorial Fund or Canadian Lutheran World Relief, 177 Lombard Ave. #600, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5.

Richard Rosin
Funeral Director Ltd.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 04, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Dear Gladys, Janice, Randy, Rick and extended family, you are all in my heart and prayers. That was a very nice write up about him. I always liked Larry as he was easy going and always smiling. One day he asked me if I would babysit their children and I did. It was always a good time. My whole family liked and respected Larry. I never once saw him being negative, angry or mad. He served the Lord all his life and he is with Jesus and the Lord in Heaven in peace. Remember the good times with him and may God comfort you. Loral and Larry Lacko January 7th, 2020 - Posted by: Loral Lacko (Long time friend of the Pokrant family growing up on Government Ave. and attending Sherwood Park Chu) on: Jan 07, 2020

  • Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. - Posted by: Lisa, Rich and Alyssa Porco (Friend) on: Jan 05, 2020

  • Hello Gladys, At a time like this words do not seem to be enough, I often think of you and at this time I want to send my condolences of the passing of your partner. May you find peace in the days ahead and comfort that he is in the arms of our savior, forever in your heart and memories. - Posted by: Mavis Druzyk (Friend/coworker) on: Jan 04, 2020

  • Our deepest sympathy to Gladys, Janice, Randy & Rick and family‚Äôs. When we lived on Knowles Ave. we saw each other often but after we all moved we still kept in touch. Larry will be missed very much by us all. Our prayers go out to you all. Love Ken & Corinne - Posted by: Ken & Corinne Atkinson (Friends and old neighbours ) on: Jan 04, 2020

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