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Born: Jan 20, 1957
Date of Passing: Aug 21, 2022Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to Health Sciences Centre Foundation
January 20, 1957 - August 21, 2022
A gentle soul has left us. After suffering medical complications brought on by early onset dementia, Lawrence passed away quietly and peacefully at the Health Sciences Centre (HSC) on August 21, 2022.
He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Lorna (nee Battey), his beloved daughter Elizabeth and husband Damian Grosso, precious grandsons, Isaac and Jonah of Calgary, sister Leslie, sisters-in-law, Linda (Bruce) Kirton and family, Diane (Garth) Panting and family, brother-in-law Paul Battey and family, and cousins, Rosemarie, Terry, and Michael Sawchuk, as well as many dear friends.
Lawrence was born and raised in Winnipeg to John and Stella Pyrih. He chose to pursue the career of dentistry and attended the University of Manitoba. After becoming a licensed dentist in 1982, Lawrence chose to locate his practice in the North End of Winnipeg, where he could help those most in need. Lawrence was well known in his community for his integrity, honesty, and professionalism.
Lawrence's love of God showed forth in his professional life and in his personal life. As an elder of a fellowship meeting in his home for many years, Lawrence took care of his little flock who loved him very much. He demonstrated humility, kindness and love to all by following the example of Jesus.
We are forever grateful for the care Lawrence received from the staff at HSC through the ER, GB2, GB3 and GH7. You all are in a noble profession and we cannot express how much we appreciate your efforts in helping Lawrence.
A private graveside service will be held on Friday, August 26. A public service will be held on Saturday, August 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre located at 3030 Notre Dame Ave., Winnipeg, MB.
The funeral service will be livestreamed, to view the webcast go to www.neilbardalinc.com
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to the Health Sciences Centre Foundation to help staff, future patients and their families.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 24, 2022, Aug 25, 2022
Condolences & Memories (18 entries)
I just found out today of the passing of a wonderful man. Dr Pyrih was my dentist for many decades from redwood dental. He moved from there and opened his own dental business on Selkirk and salter. When I went to redwood dental he was no longer there. I asked where he went, they wouldn’t tell me and I was disappointed, cause I didn’t want nobody else to work on my teeth. But at the time I had no choice. I didn’t know where doctor pyrih moved. Driving down Selkirk one day I seen a sign with his name. I was so excited I called and sure enough it was my dentist, dr Pyrih. I was so happy I found him. I also took my children to see him. I’m saddened to hear of his passing. Yes he was a gentle soul very caring. So sorry to his family and my condolences 💐 - Posted by: karen chartrand (Patient ) on: Sep 22, 2023
We (my family) just heard of Lawrence's passing today. I extend our sympathies to Lorna, Elizabeth and my cousin Leslie. Laurie was my oldest male cousin in the family, his mother Stella and my dad Walter Purcha were siblings. As a younger cousin, a visit to Uncle John's and Aunty Stella's place meant to see what "neat" things your older cousin was doing. Lawrence collected comic books, glued and painted plastic aurora model kits (cars and character figures), and played some guitar. I was inspired by his interests to try these for myself. The last time I saw Lawrence was at Aunty Stella's funeral with mom and my brother Stephen. We will miss him very much. - Posted by: Jim Purcha (cousin) on: Feb 05, 2023
I recently learned of Lawrence’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Lawrence and I were both in the school band and therefore in many classes together. I remember him getting me into “trouble” one day in Grade 11 History. Nothing terrible, but he laughed and laughed because I got caught. He was a great guy. Loads of fun. He will be truly missed. - Posted by: Joanne Gesell (School friend) on: Dec 29, 2022
I am very sorry to read of Dr.Pyrih,passing away. We were patients of his (husband and 3 children ) at Redwood dental,listening to The Rankins, as he did his magic to my teeth . Then when he moved to start his own practice we followed him to Selkirk and Salter, where I learned he was retiring. He was a very gentle and kind man . - Posted by: Judy (Patient ) on: Oct 21, 2022
Sorry to hear of Laurie's untimely passing. Way too young, although it sounds like he had a fulfilling life. We lived across the street at 639 Kent Road, our parents were friends. Although I was 4 years older we played together a fair amount. Remember the Xmas when Laurie got a Johhny 7 and we were using it to shoot down Stella's Xmas cards. She was none too happy. Caught my first Walleye when his family took me to the Whiteshell. Lots of good memories. Moved away in 69 and don't think I saw him again. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: George Walter Shchudlo (neighbor in the 1960's .) on: Oct 13, 2022
Lorna and family, I wish you fond memories of Dr. Pyrih. It was a pleasure to meet and work with Dr. Pyrih. His sense of humor always had me chuckling a few moments after, as it took me that bit of time to get it! And continued chuckles thru out the day. Thank you Dr. Pyrih for your professionalism and remembering the Saturday paper for my mother each and every time I worked. I am glad I took a chance and applied at your office and that you took a chance on me. I will always have good memories. Peace and freedom. - Posted by: Kelly Solar (work mate) on: Aug 29, 2022
Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. "A gentle soul" is a perfect description. May your love for him and the many special memories that will live on in your heart, bring you peace. Patricia Stewart and family - Posted by: Patricia Stewart (friend /patient) on: Aug 27, 2022
Lorna & Family, My wife and I are so very sorry to hear of Lawrence passing. He was always a wonderful, warm and caring man. We shared an interest in music, art and specialty teas. I will always think of the joke he and I shared about his Dremel machine to adjust things. He had a great sense of humor. God Bless you all. God speed Lawrence - Posted by: Shawn Johnston (Patient ) on: Aug 26, 2022
Lorna, I am sorry and actually shocked that Lawrence passed away, and that the last few years have been exceedingly difficult for you and your family. My condolences to all. Perhaps some comfort is derived from all the wonderful tributes you are receiving, as he truly sounds like a very much loved and accomplished professional human being, but perhaps the greater the loss. My thoughts and those of the UWC members are with you. - Posted by: Willy Slipetz (Friend (University Women’s Club)) on: Aug 26, 2022
Lawrence was a comfort to mum when she was over 90. It was a challenging time. I am thankful for his kindness and belief in God. - Posted by: Elaine Johnston (Frances Ross’ daughter) on: Aug 25, 2022
I sadly did not know Lawrence very well, but I will never forget his kind and gentle nature when our paths did cross through mutual friends. My friends whom I had met him through always spoke of him and his family with such love and admiration. Always find words to be spoken . My sincere condolences to all who are suffering from this loss. May love and memories comfort you all. - Posted by: Niki kane (Lucia's friend) on: Aug 25, 2022
Dear Lorna and Family - I am so sorry to hear of your loss, and send my Deepest Sympathy to you all. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Sincere Condolences Penni Churko - Posted by: Penni Churko (Friend - from University Women's Club) on: Aug 25, 2022
So sorry to hear of Lawrence's passing. He was a part of a group of friends from Elmwood High School that I will always fondly remember. - Posted by: Peter Gruening (school friend) on: Aug 25, 2022
I had the privilege of working with and for Larry back in 1982-84 when he ran a satellite dental office in Lac du Bonnet for Red River Dental in Selkirk. We had a lot of laughs and fun with Edna, Lynn and Melita. It wasn’t even considered work!! I loved his gentle nature and compassion with people. He became my dentist then and remained so even when he took up practice in Winnipeg at Redwood and then his own at Selkirk and Salter. We always caught up on life when I was in. And he always joked about seeing his initials on my dental work! Lorna, I still remember the delish lasagna he made us at your Selkirk apartment, and I still use your cheesecake recipe to this day!! Elizabeth, although I never had the pleasure of meeting you, your Dad always beamed with pride when I asked him how you were. Each time I was in, we picked up like we had just spoken to each other last week! I was sad for me but happy for him when I called and found out he retired. I couldn’t go back there if he wasn’t there. I was heartbroken though to see this notice in the Free Press. My sincerest condolences to all of you on his passing. He will be missed but forever remembered as he not only etched memories in my brain but also holds such a special place in my heart. Holding you all closely in prayer and sending big hugs Julie (and Mike) Veilleux - Posted by: Julie Veilleux (Friend) on: Aug 25, 2022
I can't believe this. Lawrence and I went to different Elementary schools but then both attended David Thompson and Elmwood High. Lawrence was fairly quiet and had a nice sense of humour. Got to know him a bit better when we went on a school trip to Mazatlan, Mexico in March of 1975. So sorry to hear of his passing. - Posted by: Janice Lofendale (School Mate) on: Aug 24, 2022
I went to school with Leslee at Ellen Douglas School. My mom knew Leslee's mom she was one of my mom's customers at Pickardys. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Joyce Lancaster (Leslee's friend) on: Aug 24, 2022
I was saddened to hear of Lawrence’s passing. I reminder you folks well from my and (Ken’s) years in Winnipeg, the years you came to Gsp Mtgs and then professed. Very very special to us. Condolences to you Lorna and your family. This will be a difficult time for you all. Please know God gives an abundance of comfort, love and strength in times of need. He will be with you in the coming days. Much love and hugs to you all. Donna - Posted by: Donna kneesch (Friend) on: Aug 24, 2022
He was such a good dentist. He was patient and caring. So very sorry to hear about his death. My deepest sympathy to his family - Posted by: Elaine Smith¹ (Patient) on: Aug 24, 2022
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