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HAINSWORTH, John “Laurie”

August 1, 1921– Lacombe, AB
July 1, 2014 – Calgary, AB

John “Laurie” Hainsworth beloved husband of Shirley of Calgary, passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at the age of 92 years.

Laurie, the second son of Robert and Rebecca, was born in a little log house on the family farm near Lacombe, AB. The good family doctor drove out the ten miles of dirt roads to take care of the delivery. Like most farm kids of those days, Laurie’s education began in a one room country schoolhouse with one teacher looking after all the grades from one to eight. He went into Lacombe for his high school and immediately following graduation, began a forty-four year career with the Royal Bank, retiring in 1981. He worked an additional eight years with them later in retirement on special assignments. During his lengthy career, he broadened his knowledge on banking and finance through Queen’s University and earned a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. In his retirement years, he also worked with the Federal Business Development Bank, assisting small businesses in financial matters.

In the early war years, prior to enlisting in the RCNVR in January 1941, he trained during evenings with the Second Battalion Edmonton Fusiliers. After basic Naval training as a signalman, he served for a year and a half in a Corvette, HMCS Brandon on the mid Atlantic convoy routes to the UK and also briefly in the Mediterranean during the North African campaign. He was then recommended for officer training, and following graduation, he served briefly with the peacetime Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in HMCS Provost London Ontario. Trained as a Fighter Direction Officer, he served aboard the cruiser HMCS Uganda and the aircraft carrier HMCS Warrior before coming ashore for the last time June 30, 1946. He and Shirley Turner married the following week in her home community along the Eastern shore in Nova Scotia. They came to Alberta where he resumed his banking career, where he served in Lacombe, Brooks, Medicine Hat and Calgary AB, Vancouver, BC, and Sudbury, ON.

Laurie was a keen fly fisherman and was also a long time Canadian Football fan and season ticket holder in Calgary and Vancouver. In later years, he found great pleasure researching family history, getting back to his ancestry of the early 1700s. He also enjoyed painting and volunteer work in the Naval Museum of Alberta, the Arthritis Society and the United Church.

Besides his dear wife Shirley of sixty-eight years, Laurie leaves to mourn his son Barry (Joan) of Bearberry, AB; daughters Lynn of Saskatoon, SK and Valerie (Joe Natale) of Sudbury, ON; and granddaughter Alexa (Cameron) of Saskatoon, SK.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Monday, July 7, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to a charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Laurie Hainsworth, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. David Turner :

    My deepest condolences on the passing of your dear husband and father. I have fond memories of summers in Moser River.

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  2. Steve & Karen Bezanson :

    Aunt Shirley, Barry, Lynn and Val,
    Offering simple condolences hardly seems enough and I wish we were able to be there to give you a hug. There is still a part of me who is that little kid, giddy with anticipation, sitting in the kitchen window staring across the field and waiting for you guys to arrive in Moser River. You will always be so very special to us. Of my many memories of Uncle Laurie I think the best is, appropriately, from the last time he and Aunt Shirley were in Moser River. He quietly disappeared and reappeared a couple of minutes later wearing a Scottish tam, complete with red hair, totally in character of a highland Scot and proceeded to entertain us. I’m sitting here struggling back the tears just thinking about it. Love you all.

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  3. Carmen Petrina :

    I am a retired RBC employee who worked with Mr Hainsworth in Sudbury Ontario. He was a kind, dedicated, and wonderful man.
    My sincere sympathy to the family; my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

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  4. To the Hainsworth Family. We were sorry to learn of Laurie’s death. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

    Bob & Janie Smith

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  5. Sheila [Irwin] Rowand :

    With loving thoughts and memories,


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  6. Art/Marg Castle :


    Marg and I extend to you our most sincere sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

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  7. J Dennis Stiles :

    In the brief time I had the pleasure of knowing Laurie I was so impressed with his overwhelming knowledge of naval history, financial matters and genuine interest in information of other people. We will miss him here at the Beverley Estates and wish Shirley and family peace of mind knowing he affected people in such a positive way.

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  8. Dawn and Brian Hodgson :

    Dear Shirley,
    We were saddened to hear of Laurie’s passing and send you our deepest sympathy. We will remember him fondly as we think about the good times that we had on Woodpark Crescent. Unfortunately we will not be able to attend Monday’s service as we will be out of town but we will be thinking of you as you commemorate a life well lived.

    Dawn and Brian Hodgson

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    I may have known cousin Laurie longer than others living at the present time. EIGHTY SEVEN plus years ago. He was one of those grown up Hainsworth boys. As we all grew up he was kind, considerate and Always showed that he cared about us, Even as a teenager he entertained his younger cousins at the fair!! My son John and I will miss his visits with us on the phone and we have many notes and historical findings to always think of him. We are filled with sorrow with you Shirley and family, but will honor with you a wonderful gentleman.

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  10. Clifford Anton :

    My thoughts are with you Shirley on the passing of Laurie. I have many fond memories of our times together on Woodpark Cres.
    Thoughts and prayers,

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  11. Dear Valerie!!!

    Just read about your dad’s death on the Internet! Sorry, as I know how fond you were of him and how much he loved you.
    Big hugs

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  12. Murray Bialek :

    I just learned that Laurie had passed away. Laurie was a long time member of the Naval Officers Association of Canada (NOAC), Calgary Branch. I will always remember Laurie as a gentle soul and a gentleman. On more than one occasion we discussed fly fishing and he even gave me a few of his fly fishing magazines.

    On behalf of the NOAC, I would like to pass on our deepest condolences to Shirley and the rest of the family

    Murray Bialek
    Past President

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