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LAWLESS– Patrick (Pat)

March 13, 1932 – February 1, 2011

“How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!”

It is with deep sadness that we say “till we meet again” to Pat, our husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Pat was the oldest of five children, all born in Calgary to Joe and Doris Lawless. He began his career in the oil industry at the age of sixteen, working on the rigs for Lindley Drilling Company. In those early years, Pat sent most of his earnings home to his parents so they could build the family home which stands today. After thirteen years in his beloved ‘patch’, Pat had gained the knowledge and expertise to open Northern Power Tongs in Ft. St. John. The business thrived and after ten successful years, he sold the company and returned to Calgary where he held many different positions. He retired in 1999 from sales and public relations with Lory Oilfield Rentals.

Although Pat retired from his job, he certainly did not retire from an active life. He volunteered in the grade two class at Percy Pegler School in Okotoks two mornings a week, where most of the students and teachers came to know him as “Grandpa Pat”. He was a member of Citizens on Patrol, worked part-time as a guard at the RCMP detachment in Okotoks and then, deciding he wanted to try something else, accepted a part-time fun position as a Wal-Mart greeter. These situations were all excellent outlets for his social nature and wonderful sense of humour. In retirement, his greatest joys were spending time with his grandchildren and romping in the park with our pet pooch, Herbie.

Eventually Pat’s arthritic ailments grounded him. He was in pain and had limited mobility for the last few years of his life. He recovered from a serious brain injury in 2008, but eventually succumbed to cancer.

Pat is survived by his beloved wife of twenty-five years, Evelyn; his children and stepchildren, Rick Lawless (daughters Savanna and Jocelyn and their mother Jo-Anne); Cathy Lawless (daughter Meagan); Donna Cadieux (son Christopher and Christopher’s son Pierce) Debbie Herring (husband Don and their children Kim (Danny Bradley) and Paul); and our ‘Maritime daughter’ Michelle Johnson (daughter Caleigh). Pat also leaves to mourn his siblings, Joe (Nedra) Lawless, Dena (Wilf) Levere and Laura Lawless; sisters-in-law, Susan Campbell and Catharine Ramsey; nieces, nephews, good friends; and his loyal pet and constant companion, Herbie. Pat was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Doris Lawless, and his brother Ashley.

It was Pat’s wish that there be no funeral or memorial service. Evelyn asks that those whose lives he touched, take a moment to reflect on their memories of Pat, remembering him each in your own special way.

Forward condolences through If friends so desire, donations in memory of Pat can be made to the Foothills Country Hospice, A special thank you for the caring and compassionate care Pat received from the staff at the Foothills Country Hospice, Okotoks, AB., to Dr. McCracken who has been a support for several years, to Dr. Spice and his staff with the Palliative Medical Team in Okotoks and to the Home Care staff in the Okotoks community.

In living memory of Patrick Lawless, 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. Debra Dietrich :

    Evie ~huggsss~ I am so sorry for what you are going through. Rest assured Pat is with everyone else on the otherside, pain free and happy. I love you and am always here for you.
    Love Deb, Ken & Eric

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  2. Shayne Henkelman :

    I am so very sorry to learn of your loss Evy. Pat touched the lives of everyone he met in a positive way, and this world is a worse place for having lost him.
    Please call if you need anything at all Evy.
    All my love to you and yours.

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  3. Evelyn, sending my love and condolences to you in your loss. Pat’s caring and sharing helped so many of us. We are grateful. Please email if you wish. Love, Joan.

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  4. Dear Evie
    My family’s deepest condolences for your loss. Pat will be missed. He has gone to brighten heaven with his laughter.
    Be well
    Darcy Lewis and family

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  5. Cathy and Alan Anderson (Yost) :

    Big hug to you at this time Evelyn.
    We are sending you our love and positive thoughts.
    Your friends,
    Cathy and Alan xo

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  6. Brenda Weston :

    Mom called to let me know of Pat’s passing. I know the last few years were a challenge for you both. I have visions and Pat and my “Pa” meeting for breakfast and yakking about the ills of the world and how they could do better. Take care. Brenda Weston

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  7. Ken & Cathy Meidinger :

    I am so sorry to hear of Pats passing. Evy, I am sorry for your loss. I will always remember Pat. I will always respect him. I will miss him. You are both in my thoughts. Ken

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  8. It is with great sadness that I read of Grandpa Pat’s passing. He spent some very special times in my classroom. Grandpa Pat took such an interest in the students he worked with and they looked forward to having their turn to be with him. He had a special relationship with the teachers as well and his smile and sense of humour was always appreciated. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Arlene Link

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  9. Michelle Hardy (nee March) :

    Ev & Family. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. There will always be a special place in my heart for Pat’s wonderful smile and goofy sense of humour. Love to you all, Michelle

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  10. Lory Oilfield Rentals Inc :

    To Evelyn

    He will be greatly missed. We offer our condolences from all the Staff. We will miss him.

    Lory Oilfield Rentals Inc.

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  11. John and Evelyn Moore :

    To Ev and family
    It would have been a big sendoff had Pat decided to have one, as he touched many friends with that smile and good humour. We had lunch for many years with other members of the “club” downtown. Our wishes for Peace and comfort for this loss from me and my “Ev”. He was an original!

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  12. To my big brother Pat, until we meet again.
    love laura xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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