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BAYLISS – Lawrence Matthew “Dawson”

December 10, 1984 – November 23, 2009

Lawrence Matthew “Dawson” Bayliss, beloved husband of Naomi of Calgary, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, November 23, 2009 at the age of 24 years.

He was born on December 10, 1984 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. On August 21, 2004, Dawson enlisted in the Canadian Forces. He served with the #1 PPCLI as a private, and was injured during his tour in Afghanistan. Dawson was a volunteer Service Officer at The Royal Canadian Legion Service Bureau. Dawson is survived by his loving wife Naomi and their unborn baby, also his family at the Legion.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Eastside Memorial Chapel (5388 Memorial Drive N.E.) on Thursday, November 26, 2009 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at The Royal Canadian Legion, Ogden Branch #154 (2625 78 Avenue SE) on Friday, November 27, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dawson Bayliss Memorial Fund (c/o Alberta-NWT Command, The Royal Canadian Legion, 2020 15th Street NW, Calgary AB T2M 3N8). Please forward condolences through

In living memory of Dawson Bayliss, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside Memorial Chapel, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E. Telephone: (403) 248-8585.

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  1. I am overcome by sadness at the news of Dawson’s passing. Dawson worked with my Mom, Marilyn, at Command, and my Mom always spoke both highly and fondly of Dawson. They got to be good friends in a short time and I will never forget my Mom’s kind words of him. I met Dawson a couple of times when I came into visit my Mom and he was a pleasure to meet. My condolences to Naomi, his future son or daughter, and his family. Truly senseless that someone so young has passed, you’ll be missed Dawson. Thank you for being a light in people’s lives. Rest in peace.

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  2. MGen Bryan Stephenson (ret'd) :

    My sincerest and heartfelt condolence to the family of Dawson Bayliss. I honour this courageous soldier who served Canada and paid the ultimate sacrifice. To Naomi and her unborn child I pray for peace and many blessings for the future.

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  3. To Naomi,

    We offer you and your loved ones, our deepest condolences. We can only imagine the pain of your loss. Know that our thoughts are with you.

    From all the coordinators; Peer Support, Family Peer Support, Regional and management staff of the Operational Stress Injury Social Support Program.

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  4. To the family of my friend Dawson. He was a great friend of mine and my sisters Glenna. We give our deep sympathy and condolences to the loving wife and the unburn child, to Damian dawson’s brother and the rest of the family. He was a courageous soldier who fought for our country. May God bless his soul and may he rest in peace.

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  5. Uncle Paul, Aunt Cindy and Shannon :

    We are there in Spirit….

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  6. Warrant Officer Ronald Bernard Gallant :

    Naomi & Laurie;

    On this day, be at peace and have reflections of all that is good in this life….Life goes on and memories will always remain. Take the time to grieve and please know that you are not alone.

    Dawson was a very good man and soldier, and I was honoured to have known him….May he rest in peace…May it be comforting that his pain is now gone…to be replaced by heartfelt sorrow.

    I wish you and your family all the best during this trying time….To know that soon there will joy with a new life.

    Take care of yourselves and know that there are many of us (Patricia’s) who will always remember Dawson, and also have prayers for you.

    If you ever need to talk, I can be reached at 780-973-4011 Ext 2511 or

    Take care and God bless.


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  7. Cara O'Sullivan :

    I worked with Dawson years ago in Jasper and will always have fond memories of him. I was/am incredibly saddened by the news of his passing.

    My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

    I am thankful that I got the chance to know him, even if just for a short time.

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  8. C Coy (The Yellowknife Company) LER :

    The members of C Coy wish to express their deepest sympathies to Pte Bayliss wife and unborn child.
    Our thoughts are with.

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  9. I grew up with Dawson in our little homie town Kirkland Lake. When times got rough for me he was there. Dawson was a true friend, he would give you the shirt off of his own back if you needed it.
    Dawson if your reading this, I love you man and I will Never forget you brother

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  10. Thank you everyone for your kind words and heartfelt thoughts. Dawson is deeply missed. In the short time he was my son-in-law we had the most wonderful relationship I could have wished for!
    Naomi had to leave the home her and Dawson bought less than 5 months ago in Calgary and move across the country to be with family. Her and Baby Bayliss are being loved and supported fully. We are looking to our Heavenly Father for comfort and strength as Naomi makes new dreams for her life with Dawson’s and her baby to come.

    Thanks enormously to the Royal Canadian Legion in Calgary for their amazing support in caring for all of the funeral arrangements for Dawson. Your love and care for Naomi and us during this sad time was above and beyond the call of duty and we will be forever grateful!!!

    Thank you also to EVERYONE who sent funds to the Dawson Bayliss Memorial Fund. It will go to good use caring for their baby!!

    On a slightly different note … these young soldiers fighting on behalf of Canada for peace in another land are paying a high price. I encourage everyone to read a book entitled “15 Days” by Christie Blatchford as she describes in great detail not only what these soldiers are battling every day but also the price their families pay as well. She writes of Dawson in her book. She was on the LAV when he was injured. Whether we agree with the war or not does not matter … they need our support!!!!!!!!!!

    Warmest regards,

    Laurie Shaw (Naomi’s mom)

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  11. I grew up with Damian in Kirkland Lake and remember Dawson as a kid full of energy. My thoughts are with his family and all the families of other soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrafice protecting us. These boys are true heros and deserve the utmost respect for the duties they perform….

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  12. My deepest condolences to all of your family Dawson, you were a very good friend and although we have not spoken in a few years I will remember you always. We had alot of fun. See you around dude

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  13. D-man you were always a stand up fella.. I feel honored to have been apart of your life. We are all so very proud of you and in the direction you chose to lead your life ….your such a brave person and we appreciate everything you’ve ever done for all of us…..until we meet again my brother OX

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  14. I just read about Pte Dawson Bayliss passing on. I want to send his family my condolences and thanks for his sacrifice. I didn’t know him but am grateful for his sacrifce. I honor him. No words can take away the pain of losing the one you loved. I am so sorry he could not get the help he needed in time.

    God bless you and your family. Pte Dawson Bayliss.

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  15. Dawson and I grew up together in a small, bleak, northern mining town called Kirkland Lake. He used to sit in his room in the attic listening to CBC radio and playing an acoustic guitar I sold to him. I picture this image often and smile to myself. He was one of the most important people in my life, without a doubt. He taught me to play bass, maintain my ethics at all costs, and to look out to the world instead of dwelling in my small town solitude. Like many, I miss him and his intelligent, albeit mischievous smile every single day.

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