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WAY – James Lawrence

July 17, 1925 – January 9, 2010

It is with deep regret we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Larry passed away at the Chinook Hospice surrounded by his family at the age of 84 years.

He leaves behind daughters Joanne (Brian) Barnett and Karen (Darrell) Davis, son Ian (Marleen), and daughter-in-law May, as well as five grandsons, five granddaughters and three great-grandchildren. Larry will also be missed by sisters Helen (Cy) Putnam and Ethel (Bill) Stewart, extended family and many good friends. He was predeceased by his wife Martha, son Kevin, brothers Bobby and Ralph (Dolores) and sister Ruth (Walter) Snook.

Larry enlisted in the Army in 1944 as soon as he finished high school. When the war ended, he was accepted into the Commerce program at the University of Alberta. He finished his Commerce degree in 1948, and then an Education degree in 1949. After teaching for three years in Cadomin at the new high school, he moved to Calgary and worked in the oil patch for thirteen years, and then returned to teaching in 1965. He retired from teaching in 1986, his twenty-one years of service spent primarily at James Fowler, Forest Lawn and Queen Elizabeth high schools. He was a sports enthusiast and supporter of many school basketball and volleyball teams. He also served for several years as a pension consultant for the Alberta Teachers Association. Larry met Martha, also a teacher, while in Cadomin. They were married in 1954 and in their fifty-three years together they made more than thirty trips to their favourite vacation destination, Hawaii. Larry took great pride in the achievements of their children and grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at Parkdale United Church (2919 – 8th Avenue N.W.), on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to occur in the Way family plot in Strathmore. You may forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, The family wishes to thank the staff of the Stroke Unit at the Foothills Medical Centre, and Intercare Chinook Hospice, for their compassionate care.

In living memory of Larry Way, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Colleen Morrison Robinson :

    I am greatly saddened to think that my cousin Larry has passed from this life. He shared my enthusiasm for genealogy and we corresponded about our Irish roots and about the KIRKPATRICKS of Finvoy Parish, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland – the childhood location of our mothers.

    Larry was a most cheerful man who wrote wonderful letters and always saw the positive side of life. He was going to be the proof reader of my second book about our family. He wrote about this in his letter of December 3, two days before his stroke.

    Wayne and I send our heartfelt condolences to Larry’s wonderful family who have shown such care and concern for him.

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  2. On behalf of the Tretiak family, I extend our condolences to Larry’s family. I always enjoyed Larry’s company as he had such a broad base of knowledge. I could have a conversation with him on almost any topic.
    Bob and Irene

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  3. Rev. FP Van Tighem :

    I was sorry to hear of Lawrence’s death. It comes as quite a suprise as his Christmas letter suggested a get together in the New Year.
    We both attended Strathmore High Shcool in the early forties, and later, in the later forties, spent four plus years together at the U of C.
    Besides the love and respect engendered in his family, he touched the lives of many, many young people as a teacher and leader.
    A Mass, special prayers, will be offered for the repose of his soul.

    Rev. FP Van Tighem
    314, 222 – 25 Ave. S.W.
    Calgary, AB T2S 3E9

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  4. Clifford Welsh :

    I was greatly saddened to hear of Larry’s stroke and passing away shortly after. Larry was my father’s first cousin.We first met when I was a boy and our family was vacationing in the Calgary area.I remember the wonderful hospitality shown to us by Larry and Martha.Years later when my youngest son came to Calgary in 1999 with a job but nowhere to stay,Larry and Martha put him up in one of their spare rooms and drove him all over Calgary searching for permanent accommodations.Larry was a gentle and thoughtful soul blessed with a sharp mind for detail and an appreciation for good humour.I always looked forward to receiving his Christmas newsletter packed with interesting news of the last year.I know he loved and was very proud of his extended family and will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to have known him.Our condolences to all his Family. Clifford and Cathy Welsh Bryson, Quebec

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