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Born: Dec 28, 1933

Date of Passing: Aug 27, 2022

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December 28, 1933 - August 27, 2022

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our loving husband, father and grandfather, Lawrence Sinnema, on Saturday, August 27 at the age of 88 years.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Shirley, his daughter Lori Frank (John), grandson Christopher Kerslake (Katelyn), great-grandchildren, Sophia and Max, niece Loreen (Rob), nephews, and friends, Donna Ptosnick and Gail Sabanski that we all think of as family.
Lawrie was predeceased by his parents, Lawrence and Myrtle, mother and father in-law, George and Lily Gill, daughter Kim, son Larry, sister Prim, brother Donnie, uncle Jacob, son-in-law Ron and his furry family members, Dukie and Duchess.
Born in Winnipeg to Lawrence and Myrtle Sinnema on December 28, 1933, Lawrie grew up in Fort Garry and spent all but six years living on Boston Avenue. He met Shirley when he was 16 and she was 15. They got married three years later and bought a house a half block down from where he grew up. They spent the last 69 years there and enjoyed every minute of it.
Lawrie got his apprentice certificate and then began his electrical career. He worked for Kummen-Shipman for the first part of his career then for Johnson Controls until he retired. He loved his job and worked in a lot of different locations. He was away from home sometimes for up to four months at a time and spent many nights sleeping in tents at 30 to 40 below zero. He worked on the DEW line, in the Arctic, in Thule, Greenland and spent a lot of time in his career working in Northern Manitoba. He never ran out of fun and interesting stories about his travels with his job. He met so many people and made a lot of friends wherever he went. Lawrie was an avid gardener and very proud of his garden and yard. He loved going camping and spending time with his family, cooking and animals of any kind. He had the biggest, kindest, softest heart you could ever imagine and would always lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. He will be greatly missed and forever loved.
In accordance with Lawrie's wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal service is planned at this time. A celebration of his life will take place at a later date.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 03, 2022

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Sorry to hear of your loss, Aunt Shirley and Lori. He was a wonderful man and I will truly miss him. I will always remember visiting them or getting together for Uncle Lawrie's birthday at their house. Camping out at Moon Lake in Riding Mountain was always fun with him. I liked talking with him; he was always interesting. He was like a man of the world; it was as if he could answer any question you asked him. RIP, Uncle Lawrie. - Posted by: Jim Jones (Nephew) on: Sep 05, 2022

  • I was very close friends with Larry, Lawrie and Shirley's son. I have many fond memories of being in their home on Boston and having dinners there coffee's Christmas celebrations, parties. Lawrie and Shirley's home was a second home to me and you could pop in anytime and they were always welcoming and always had coffee on to serve and Shirley always had some baking on the table. Lawrie was a good man an upstanding family man who was very proud of his family, his home and his job. He was an amazing electrician who passed on that trade to his son Larry . He had a gift of being able to talk to anyone and always took time to hear you out and wanting to know how your life was going . He had wonderful tales to tell and many adventures to share always . When I bought my first home , Lawrie came over and did the wiring for me when I was renovating my bathroom. He did it free of charge and I have always been so grateful to him for that . He was retired and took the time to help me out .I regret that I have not seen Lawrie and Shirley in some time but I so much love them both and treasure so much the times in my youth I got be with Larry hanging out and being in their home. My deepest sympathies go out to Shirley , Lori and families, sending much love and prayers at this very sad time , Love Carol - Posted by: Carol-Belford Paci (family friend) on: Sep 04, 2022

  • Sending love and sincere sympathy to you all at this difficult time. Our families shared many special occasions together and created fond memories with Laurie. These will always be held dearly in our hearts. - Posted by: The Mitchell Family (Friends) on: Sep 03, 2022

  • My condolences to you all . Uncle Lawrie always called me Charlie from when I was young girl growing up . So many cherished memories of growing up with the Sinnema family . Thinking of you all he will be so missed Love Charlie - Posted by: Charlene Gillis (Friend) on: Sep 03, 2022

  • My heart breaks for you all ❤️ I have such great memories of Uncle Lawrie . My name was always Charlie when I was growing up . Was great growing up around the Sinnema house . My condolences ❤️❤️ - Posted by: Charlene (Friend) on: Sep 03, 2022

  • Deepest condolences to you Shirley and your family on the loss of Lawrie. Much love from your cousin Gwen. - Posted by: gwen reilly (cousin) on: Sep 03, 2022

  • So sorry to hear about Laurie's passing. I have fond memories of my family and the Sinnamas. Sending our condolences from all the Òmands - Posted by: Bonnie Omand (Friend) on: Sep 03, 2022

  • Sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories Lawrie growing up. Your in my thoughts and prayers. Murray Janice and Jamie Roy - Posted by: Janice Roy (Cousin ) on: Sep 03, 2022

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