1918 – 2011
On Monday, July 11, 2011, Calgary lost a proud lifelong citizen.
Laurence (Larry) Winter was born in Calgary on December 11, 1918. He lived his entire life in the community of Mount Royal, and will be remembered as a passionate storyteller with tales dating back to our city’s beginnings.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara (née Barry), and his children Nadia (Harry) Pelton, Noel (Mary Anne) and Diana (Len) Johnson. He is predeceased by his parents Austin and Grace Winter and his loving sister Grace Cloakey. He adored his grandchildren, Sarah (Jeroen Thompson), Meaghan (Brice MacGregor), Lauren, Alexandra, Julia, Paige, Taylor, Georgia and Grace, and great-grandchildren Katherine and Rebecca, who will continue to celebrate the life and memory of their Damps.
Upon graduation from Western Canada High School, Larry was among the first Calgarians to enlist, and served as an officer in the Calgary Highlanders during World War II. Upon returning to Calgary after the war, Larry met Barb and they began raising their family. A true entrepreneur, Larry spent his professional life in a number of industries, including land development, industrial construction and oil and gas. He valued his lifelong relationship with the Pallesen family farming at Beynon.
Larry enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He spent summers at his beloved Sylvan Lake, where friends and locals will miss Old Man Winter’s enthusiasm for his legendary do-it-yourself projects. Special friends at the lake include Gail Morrisroe and Ian Harding, as well as countless friends of children and grandchildren who enjoyed the cabin over the years.
A celebration of life will be held with family and close friends at a later date. Larry was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Calgary South, founded in 1956. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in Larry’s name to support Rotary’s ongoing initiatives. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Laurence Winter, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200Print This Obituary & Condolences