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 www.mcinnisandholloway.com. 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences