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LAURIE, Keith Henry

October 29, 1933 – Swift Current, Saskatchewan
January 25, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

On Friday, January 25, 2019, at the age of 85 years, Keith Laurie passed away peacefully with family at his side and family and close friends in his heart. He was a loving dad, grandpa, and friend to many.

Always with a great sense of adventure, Keith enjoyed many years of hot air ballooning with his wife Nola. He will be remembered for his gentle nature and his welcoming smile. Keith’s quick wit and sense of humour will be cherished, and he will be dearly missed and forever remembered.

Keith is survived by his sons, Mark (Jan), Rob and Jeff (Kate); and his daughter Julie (Greg). He is also survived by his six grandchildren, Jennifer, Matthew, Kelsey, Joel, Alex and Finola; and his three great-grandchildren: Megan, Kaitlin, and Ben.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Nola and his daughter Jacquie.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Keith Laurie, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. We were very sad to hear of Keith’s passing. He gave true meaning to the phrase “a life well lived” . Our thoughts are with all of you.
    Cat Tanton,
    Searle Sheldon

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  2. Richard and Heather Clark

    We extend our sympathies to all the Laurie family on the loss of Keith. We have many wonderful memories of times shared with him – great balloon flights and retrievals, friendship, his van that always turned into Starbucks, mountain flights, good humor and stories. He was always a pleasure to talk with.
    Richard and Heather Clark

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  3. Gary Manthorne and Sharon Dougan

    Sad to read of the passing of Keith and wish to pass or condolences to his family.

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  4. Marg & Jim Kelly

    We are so sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Dont know if yu remember us but you babysitted our boys when we lived in Haysboro back in the late sixties. We loved your Mom and Dad and took many balloon rides with them when they ran the business. We miss both of them as we know yu do. We spend the winters in Arizona but will be thinking of Keith and Nola when yu celebrate hold his service on the 16th

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  5. I was saddened to read of Keith’s passing in today’s paper. My husband and I were part of the group including Keith who met regularly at Starbucks and “solved the problems of the world”. We enjoyed many conversations and laughs with Keith. Indeed he was a real gentleman who loved his trips to Hawaii.
    Sincere condolences.

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  6. I am saddened to hear of Keith’s passing, I enjoyed sharing in Keith’s love for hot air ballooning. His kindness and generosity were always appreciated. I always enjoyed how the van would stop at Starbucks during the chase. Thank you for the wonderful flights, laughter and for letting me be part of your story. My condolences to the Laurie family during this time, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  7. I’m so sorry to hear of Uncle Keith’s passing. I’m also so sorry we haven’t been in touch for so many years. We have often thought of him and wanted to connect again. I’m his niece, Donna, from his oldest sister Mona. We have wonderful memories of Keith and Nola stopping in Swift Current to visit and to give us a ride in the hot air balloon! We do send our condolences to all of the family. We live in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Would love to connect with all of you sometime. My Mum was so good at staying connected and I wish I was like her in that. Because Keith was the baby of the family and I was the oldest daughter of Keith’s oldest sister I’m only 9 years younger. So, I have wonderful memories of him from childhood. He was a very very special person! Your Mum was also a wonderful lady! Sending our love and prayers for you now as you miss him so very much. Donna (Smith) Anderson, and my husband Jim

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  8. Enjoyed many a wonderful Thanksgiving meal with Keith, Rob & his sons at Mark & Jan’s house over the years. Our sympathies go out to Keith’s children & grandchildren.
    Doreen & Bill Schulz

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  9. Marilyn & Frank Warning

    We have known Mark & Janet since before they were married. They always spoke so fondly of Mark’s parents & were so devoted to their care, especially Keith since Nola’s passing. We know the past few years have been a challenge & struggle for Keith so perhaps his passing is a blessing & he can finally be at peace.

    We regret being unable to attend the service this morning but storm & road conditions up in Hawkwood at that time presented too much risk for us “seniors” to drive that long stretch.

    Our sincere condolences to the entire family – we are thinking of them at this difficult time.

    Marilyn & Frank Warning

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