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GRAY, Lawrie Harry

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Lawrie Gray, beloved husband of Betty MacDonald-Gray, on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at the age of 81 years.

Lawrie was a proud Calgarian and grew up in the community of Ramsay. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Petroleum Engineering, and worked as a drilling engineer for Dowell Canada, Dome Petroleum, Zephyr Resources, Miami Oil Producers, and Norcen Energy. Lawrie was a volunteer for the Glenlake Minor Hockey Club and other amateur sports organizations. He enjoyed golfing, skiing, racquetball/squash, playing cards (crib and canasta), listening to music, road trips and camping with family, cooking, food, wine and travelling. Among his favourite trips were those he took to visit extended family in Australia and Scotland.

Lawrie is survived by his loving wife, Betty; his son and daughter-in-law Kyle Gray and Lia Hodson; his daughter, Laura Gray; his cousins Marg Andrusky and Shirley Lawrie; his sister-in-law Donna Gray, his nephew J.L. Gray; his niece Cathy-Gene Masters; his extended family in Australia; and his granddog Sonny. He was predeceased by his parents, Helen and George Gray; his brother Jack Gray and his cousin Henry Lawrie.

If friends so desire, memorial contributions in memory of Lawrie may be made directly to the Brenda Strafford Foundation Wentworth Manor Adult Day Program – specifically for the Music Therapy Initiative (online at or by mail to: The Brenda Strafford Foundation 4628 Montgomery Blvd NW Calgary, AB T3B 0K7 – please select to have the donation directed to where most needed and note that the donation is in memory of Lawrie Gray). Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Lawrie Gray, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Mr. Gray was one of the greatest men I got to meet and work for in our Canadian Oilpatch. I always had the highest respect for Mr. Gray. My Thoughts and Prayers go out to Mr. Gray’s Family and the Staff that had the opportunity to work for him.

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  2. Betty, Laura, Kyle and family,

    I am truly heartbroken of the passing of Mr. Gray. He was my boss, mentor, friend and a father figure to me over the years.

    Lawrie was a quiet leader that led by example and was always behind the scenes. He was very influential in grooming the careers of many young engineers to now being very successful executives in the oil industry.

    Lawrie’s absence of an underlying personal agenda in the execution of his responsibilities was a refreshing display of example based leadership critical to cohesive team functionality. The success of our Drilling Team was a true reflection of Mr. Gray, his ethics and values.

    I have been truly blessed to have worked with some great bosses over my career and two that have had the most impact on me are no longer with us. I know Lawrie and Brad have already re-connected and are planning wells.

    Betty, Laura & Kyle, I’m sure you are aware of the impact your husband/father had on so many people in this industry. Thank you for sharing him with us. We have all been blessed to have him in our lives.

    The days ahead are going to be difficult for all of you but please know that you are in all our thoughts and prayers. May you find the strength to face tomorrow in the love that surrounds you today!

    God Bless,
    Love Laurie (Miss Wood), Doug & Connor Sopkow

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  3. Our Deepest Sympathy and Condolences for your loss Betty, Laura, Kyle, Lea and Sonny. Lawrie is one of our dear special friend. All our good, and fun memories will be treasured by us

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    Adrian & Gera Duhault

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  4. Dear Betty,
    I was saddened to hear of your loss. My condolences to you and your family as you support each other through this difficult time.
    Rena Mills

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  5. Valerie Sherwood

    Very sorry to hear about the passing of Lawrie. I know that he had some health challenges in the past but when it’s unexpected, it’s always a shock. Surround yourself with family and friends Betty and remember the good times. Thinking of you at this time.

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  6. Fred Hemmerling

    Lawrie was a great mentor, a man of high integrity and passion for his work and his friends. The Norcen years were full of growing and learning, and Lawrie was instrumental in guiding many of us to become better at out careers, and in our relationships with co-workers. He is the one that I especially admire when I reflect back upon those that were my most influential in my days in the patch.

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  7. Betty & family; so very sorry for your loss. As Miss Wood captured in her condolences, Lawrie was instrumental in the advancement of my career. He was willing to take a chance on a young engineer working for the ERCB who was looking to move over to the operator side and hired me at Norcen. He was a tremendous leader and was one of the sharpest men I have had the pleasure to work for. I will always have the utmost respect for Lawrie and he will forever have a place in my heart. Out thoughts are with you and the family at this time.
    Steve and Rona Smith

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  8. I worked with Lawrie during his Norcen years. He is on a very short list of my favorite people I have ever known. He is the only person I know that was called Mister (Gray) by many of his associates. This was never required but was a sign of great respect that he was held in.
    Lawrie was also really funny. In times of stress like budget etc. he could give the various groups a lighter moment. In turn they would bust their butts to supply the required info.
    My son played hockey against Kyle. At games they played against each other you could always find him, not in the stands, but at one of the ends taking in the action.

    Many a time I would go down and see Lawrie and he was always there to give council and be a great friend.
    Condolences to the family. Be aware of how much he was respected and loved by those who knew him. He is missed.

    Gary Daly

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  9. Cheryl Smillie

    Dear Betty and family
    So sorry to hear such sad news.
    You are in my thoughts

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  10. Jeanne & Ralph Bunker

    So sorry for your loss. We grew up with Lawrie and his family on Scotsman’s Hill, in the Ramsay District. Many fun times as kids growing up there and special parties with his parents and older brother, they lived next door to my aunt and uncle and cousin Carol. We know he is in a better place and at peace. Sincerely Jeanne & Ralph Bunker (nee Girvin)

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  11. Dear Betty
    While I was acquainted with Laurie for many years I only really got to know him during the 5 years we both worked at Norcen. I always appreciated his advice and his willingness to help even though we were in different departments. He truly was one of the finest gentlemen in the oil patch and I offer you and your family my sincerest condolences

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  12. Lawrie Gray was one of a kind – he made you want to make sure you did everything right, just to show him that you could. He led by quiet example, and while he knew a lot of things about everything drilling, he was also a proponent of new technology.

    A lot of people likely remember when they were a young engineer and he interviewed them and are thinking “Wow I knew nothing then, but he saw something in me and gave me a chance.”

    My condolences to the Gray family – he will be missed by many.


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  13. I wish to express my deepest sympathies to Lawrie’s family.

    Laurie took a chance on hiring a new graduate fresh out of university in the mid-80’s. I still remember him giving me my Norcen job offer in Franzl’s Gasthaus late in 1985, but more importantly not revoking it when prices headed south in early 1986. I spent 17 years at Norcen, and it was a great place to learn and work. Lawrie was a big part of why it was great to be there. He was always a straight shooter, very determined, a little intimidating at times, but funny as heck at the same time. He was a real character.

    After many years working at Norcen he still referred to me as ‘Bonavista Boy’ even though I told him that I hadn’t lived in Lake Bonavista for 20 years. He said that didn’t matter, I was still ‘Bonavista Boy’ to him. That was Lawrie.

    Lawrie got me started in the patch, and for that I will always be grateful.

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  14. Colette and Mark

    Our heartfelt sympathy to Betty and family. A man as kind and thoughtful as Lawrie will be missed by many especially those closest to him.

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  15. Sheila, Marty and David Wares

    Betty and family. We are very sorry to hear of Lawrie’s passing. He was a wonderful man.

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