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RICHARDS – Laurence Reece “LR”

August 12, 1946 – January 8, 2011

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Laurence Reece Richards, beloved husband of Joan of Calgary, on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at the age of 64 years. Laurence passed peacefully with his family at his side.

Laurence spent most of his career in sales. He worked for Calgary Fasteners for the past fifteen years, starting in sales, but after developing an interest in computers, went on to become Systems Manager.

In a crowd, Laurence was often the quietest guy in the room, but he was a man with many interests and passions. He loved spending time in the mountains fly fishing, camping or hiking and he photographed it all. Laurence never met a road he didn’t like, and spent many hours exploring the back country of Alberta and British Columbia. Many people were not aware of his creative side. He enjoyed playing the guitar, painting and writing poetry. Thanks to the kindness, generosity, and love of friends he was able to enjoy these interests during the final chapter of his life. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful people in our lives.

Besides his loving wife Joan, Laurence is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Erin; adored grandsons, Aidan and Pierce; sister Darlene; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jean, Bob, Jeanette, Robert, Marge and Don; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

SPIRITS FLY FREE. SOAR “THE GOLD”, LR

A Celebration of Laurence’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Mustard Seed Street Ministry, www.theseed.ca, the Salvation Army, www.salvationarmy.org or to the Alberta Wilderness Association, www.albertawilderness.ca. We would like to thank the medical staff and care attendants that looked after Laurence for the past several months. Special thanks to Dr. T. Groves, the Palliative Care Team, our very own nurse Lynne, and care attendants, Alex, Zuki, Elani and Maria; and the staff at the Chinook Hospice.

In living memory of Laurence Richards, 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. Although I did not know Laurence for very long or even all that well, he left a lasting impression that I shall not forget.
    Our most sincere condolences go to Laurence’s family. May you be comforted by the fact of our Saviors love and the peace of His plan of salvation.
    The good memories you have created will always be with you.
    Bev and Joanne March

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  2. Faye and George Preston :

    Todd and Erin,

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss.
    Our thoughts are with you.

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  3. I WAS SO SORRY TO HEAR THIS. LAWRENCE WAS ALWAYS CHEERFUL AND FULL OF LIFE. OTHER THAN BUSINESS RELATED MATTERS, I ENJOYED SOME GOOD CONVERSATIONS ABOUT WINE WITH HIM, AS IT WAS A COMMON PASSION FOR US. MY SINCERE AND HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY.

    MAY GOD GRANT ETERNAL PEACE TO LAWRENCE’S DEPARTED SOUL.

    MESH DAYAL

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  4. Thinking of you Joan, Todd & Erin and family, and the rest of your family, at this very difficult and sad time. In time, may your wonderful and fun memories of Laurence be of comfort to you.
    Fondly, Lori Smehoff & Joan Smehoff

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  5. Tracey (Runquist) Carson :

    Joan and Family –

    On behalf of myself and my parents, Larry & Helen, please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. While we didn’t know Laurence personally, my dear friend, Patti Knipe, always speaks of Laurence with such love, which is a true testament to the kind, admired person Laurence was.

    May your lasting memories of Laurence see you through this difficult time. God Bless you all.

    Tracey (Runquist) Carson
    Larry & Helen Runquist

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  6. Tracy & Kevin Wauchope :

    Aunt Joan, Todd, Erin, Aiden & Pierce

    So sorry to hear about Laurence. Please know that we love you and are thinking about you.

    Tracy, Kevin, Sam, Evan and Max

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  7. Allison and Ray :

    We wish we could be with you this morning to celebrate Uncle Laurence’s life. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love, Allison and Ray

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