August 24, 1924 – Vancouver, BC
March 29, 2014 – Calgary, AB
Larry completed his earthly tour of duty in Calgary where he passed away in his sleep on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the age of 89 years.
Larry was born on August 24, 1924, to Mary and Matthew Hewitt in Vancouver, the youngest of five children. The family moved to Crossfield, Alberta in 1928 and then to Cremona in 1931. All his formal education was at rural schools in the Cremona area. In 1942 he enlisted in The Royal Canadian Air Force and he remained with the RCAF for close to 26 years. During this time he served in many provinces in Canada as well as in England and Germany. While serving in England he met his wife Dawn and they married December 5, 1944. On retirement from the RCAF in 1968, Larry took up employment with The Federal Department of Consumer Affairs as their Prairie Regional Finance and Personnel Officer in Winnipeg. He served in this position until he was transferred to Calgary in 1976 to become Manager of the Electrical and Gas Measurement Service for his Department. He remained in this position until he retired from the Public Service of Canada in December of 1989. On retirement he received a certificate from the Prime Minister of Canada congratulating him on 47 years of continuous service to his country.
Dawn and Larry took up square dancing with the Dots and Dashers Square Dance Club and they twice served as presidents. They both danced at the Opening Ceremonies of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. After retirement Larry studied genealogy, researching both his and Dawn’s families. He also was active in the many Masonic orders in Calgary, as well as the Order Of The Eastern Star where he serve as Worthy Patron for a total of 4 years in Unity and Bow Valley Chapters. Larry was also active in the choir at St Barnabas Anglican Church. Larry loved a good joke and will be remembered as having a new joke each time he met his friends.
He leaves to mourn his beloved wife Dawn; sons Stephen (Beverly) and Mark; sister Vivian; niece & goddaughter Patrice; granddaughter Crista Lee, and many other nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by mother Mary, father Matthew, brothers Harry, Jimmy, and Bruce, and long-time family member Albert.
Funeral Services will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church (1407-7 AVENUE N.W.) on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 10:30am. Flowers are respectfully declined. Donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Larry’s favourite charity. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Lawrence Hewitt, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences