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MILLS, Lawrence (Laurie) Edward

December 14, 1938 – Edmonton, Alberta
February 2, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Laurie was an announcer with the CBC for 35 years at CFPR in Prince Rupert, B.C. in 1964 and moved to CBC Calgary in 1973. He retired in 1996 and was active in a variety of volunteer positions including the Calgary Boxing & Wrestling Commission, Calgary Cooperative Memorial Society, Calgary Vintage Motorcycle Group, and the Foothills Bluegrass Society. He was very involved with music and was on stage at festivals introducing the performers and followed their careers with numerous interviews throughout his career in radio.

His life touched so many people and he will be missed by his wife Sylvia (nee Fedoroshyn) Mills, son Matthew, daughter Jodene, grandchildren Benjamin & Maya; brother Harvey (Alex Chesky), sister Anne, and extended family and friends.

He is at peace and joined his mother & father Joyce (nee Wilson) & Wellington Mills along with many pets that shared his life and home.

At Laurie’s request no funeral service will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) Alberta Puppy-Raising Program, PO Box 451, Stn Main, Calgary, AB, T2P 9Z9, Telephone: 1.877.292.1765 (Toll Free) (Option 4) https://pads.ca/give-now/ or a charity of your choice.

In living memory of Laurie Mills, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Lauchlin McKenzie

    I’m saddened to hear of Laurie’s passing. I worked with him many years ago, and always enjoyed laying down the tracks for his programs at CBC. He was a true music lover and we spent many hours analyzing and appreciating the current and classic country fare; he had an incredible knowledge of music trivia which I appreciated. He was always easygoing, friendly, and ready for a hearty laugh, and I looked forward to every opportunity to work with him. I’m sure he’ll be missed by many fans, friends, and family.

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  2. Laurie was a superb talent and exceptional man. I so enjoyed our many chats over the years about bluegrass, broadcasting and life. Remembering him will always bring a smile to my face and I’m so very sorry for the deep loss for family and friends with his passing.

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  3. Ellen Armstrong

    I am truly sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing. I worked at CBC Calgary and will always remember what a nice man he was! My deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.

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  4. Rick MacPherson

    To the Mills family in their time of loss with the passing of Laurie. You have my heart felt sympathy as Laurie was a gentle giant who rode his Suzy (Motorcycle) and whose voice never changed as he was the air or speaking to him in person. Rest In Peace my friend.

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  5. Dear Mills Family!
    I am sending Heartfelt Sympathy and Condolences to you, Laurie’s Family! I knew him as a Friend of my Sister’s Jan Patterson-Levi, through the country music and bluegrass scene in Calgary ! Such a very nice Man and so knowledgeable of music! I live in Manitoba now and the last time I saw Laurie was at my sister’s memorial service in 2012! RIP Laurie❤️

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  6. Monika (with a K) Vetter

    I’m so sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing, he was a great man, great supporter of us local artists, his love for music spread throughout… may he rest in peace… Prayers for the family, may you find God’s peace through this difficult time… Monika with a K

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  7. Rosemary Wishart

    Condolences to all of the family on your loss. Laurie was very good to me, helping with Shady Grove Bluegrass Festival and also when my late husband, Ken Wishart, passed away in 1996. He was always fun and interesting to speak with. We will miss him.

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  8. Heartfelt condolences to all of you.

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  9. Patricia Oxendale

    I worked with Laurie and he was always very kind and interesting from music to wrestling. A life well lived.

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  10. Sylvia, Jodene and Matthew — I’m so sorry to hear this news. Laurie was a wonderful help to Jim Knowler and me when we opened the VoicePrint Canada bureau in Calgary. He was a volunteer reader for the blind through the services of VoicePrint and was most helpful in training volunteer readers who read Calgary newspaper stories to those who couldn’t read for themselves. His golden voice will be missed.

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  11. My deepest condolences to the Mills family.
    I worked as a studio technician on the HOMESTRETCH with Laurie for many, many years. In all my time in broadcasting I never met a more professional individual than Laurie. He put so much preparation into each broadcast, right down to the smallest details. An example, each show he would hand me a pile of vinyl records. They were always in order and the right side up. I could blindly grab the next disc, place it on the turntable, and find the right song. I may have graduated from college in Radio Broadcasting but Laurie was my greatest instructor.
    We were of different generations and musical tastes but I grew to appreciate his deep passion for Country and Bluegrass. R.I.P. Laurie. I hope Heaven has a Steel Guitar on every cloud.

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  12. Laura & Laurie Scheer

    We are so very sad to learn of Laurie’s passing. From our early years with FBMS executive, we enjoyed seeing him and working with him at every event and concert. We even got to hear him play that steel guitar once or twice! He spoke with authority, and used his voice to great effect as emcee at many of our concerts and festivals. Laurie was resourceful, organized, and pragmatic, and generous. He was a font of bluegrass knowledge, keeping everyone up to date with the latest album reviews in the newsletter, and freely sharing magazines and Cds with club members. His contribution to the community will be truly missed, as will his warm smile and manner. Our sincere condolences to Laurie’s family and other friends who knew him.

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  13. While I was the record librarian at CBC Calgary, Laurie was a good guy to talk to about music, cars or the state of the Corporation. My condolences to his family.

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  14. Dear Sylvia and Matt, Laurie often spoke of you in warm terms during the many years we worked together. I hope you find comfort on the tough days in memories of his love and respect for you both.

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  15. John Gilchrist and Catherine Caldwell

    Our deepest condolences.
    When I started with the EyeOpener in 1980, Laurie was the co-host. I was new to radio and I learned more about radio from Laurie than anyone else. He was always kind, professional, lively and witty. I had the privilege of working with him over the years on various programs and will forever miss his voice and his personality.

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  16. Allan and Chris Sarmiento

    We are deeply saddened by your loss. May our thoughts and prayers support you and your family at this very difficult time.

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  17. Laurie always was someone that inspired, and lifted a person, to want to be more through life. I will miss his friendly and encouraging face through the bluegrass realm.
    Travel well great man, thank you for touching our lives.

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  18. Laurie was true gentleman, and will be missed by all that knew him.

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  19. I met Laurie in 1996 when he’d just retired from the CBC. He was around in the earliest days of the Rocky Mountain Section of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group, and said he planned to ride his ‘little’ motorcycle, a modified Yamaha XS650, a lot. He was a stalwart figure in the group, and very kind to me. Ride on, Laurie.
    To the Mills, may the magic of your memories ease your aching hearts.

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  20. Laurie was a true gentleman. Kind, thoughtful and always a willing smile – a friend to me, and to the Calgary Folk Club Laurie was curious and always took an interest in others. Truly saddened by this news. Gratitude to his family for sharing him with all of us.

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  21. Love and sympathies to all. Laurie was a great friend and a wonderful human being.

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  22. Dear Mills Family,
    Not that I’m a hard ass but there are not many people outside of family that I may shed tears for but I’ve just had myself a good cry.
    Laurie always was a great support and friend for the bluegrass community and I’m missing him already.
    Thanks so much for passing on the sad news.

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  23. Sylvia and family……my heart and prayers to you all in this sad time. All the good memories are what you have left and they will get you through the grieve ahead. I am truly sorry for your loss. Marion.

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  24. So sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing. He was a friend and a mentor at CBC and I will recall fondly our time on both the early morning and afternoon drive shifts on CBC in Calgary. You could count on Laurie to step up and get the job done. He was that kind of pro.

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  25. Very sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing.
    We spent twelve years together on the Boxing and Wrestling Commission and enjoyed every minute of it.
    He was a good man.

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  26. The attached picture is the CFPR studios when Laurie left for Calgary. Before that, he also worked Summer Relief in Alberta, but there is some confusion in my mind whether it was always Calgary. I was Summer Relief at CFPR in 1972 when Laurie was in Alberta. She won’t remember me, but I remember his wife, Sylvia, who would visit CFPR in Laurie’s absence. I never actually met Laurie but we have e-mailed each other in more recent years. Very sorry to learn of his passing.

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  27. I am so sorry to learn of Laurie’s passing, and send my deepest condolences. I met Laurie at VoicePrint, where we both were volunteer newsreaders. Laurie so generously showed the rest of us volunteers how to read like a professional, and he always left the VoicePrint studio team feeling better and more confident because of his cheerful support.

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  28. Hello
    I was the guy who hired Laurie ‘way back in 1973 when he was at CBC Prince Rupert and I was a Program Director in Calgary. I shall always think of Laurie as a gentleman and a Professional whenever carrying out his roles as Announcer and Host-producer of his Western music show or any other assignment. I also remember his love of old Cadillac cars. We shared some very good years at CBC Calgary. He’ll be missed.

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  29. Willy van Galen

    Dear Sylvia, Matthew, Jodene and family,
    I am so sorry to learn about Laurie’s passing.
    My memories of him are not only the friendly neighbour who always seemed to work on a car in his garage and his well-known voice on CBC radio.
    My thoughts are with you all.
    Wilhelmina (Willy) van Galen

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  30. I was so sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing. I remember what a kind and gentle person he was. A real gentleman. I worked at CBC Calgary and used to enjoy our chats when he came to visit Stores for supplies.
    RIP Laurie.

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  31. Sylvia, Matthew,Jodine and family:
    Allan, Sharyn and I were very sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing, and send our condolences to all of you. Laurie and I spent a fair bit of time together over my years in Calgary, and we connected on different interests which helped to build a genuine friendship. I first connected with Laurie back in the late seventies, when we both belonged to a Steel Guitar club in the US. That led to an eventual meeting when I was in Calgary, around 1981. Laurie had a love of steel guitar and dobro music in particular, and promoted this at every opportunity After I moved to Calgary, he introduced me to the Foothills Bluegrass Society, which I joined and met a number of participants of the club. Laurie was a true professional on stage – he was always prepared, and made a M/C job look easy – his work with performers was always fair and respectful. Laurie made a lot of friends over the years, and he will be missed greatly. He was a great guy, a generous and kind person, a true friend and for me personally someone who enriched my life. I will miss him greatly – he will be remembered. Rest in peace, my friend.

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  32. So sorry to learn of Laurie’s passing. He was a kind and generous man who was always looking for a way to make life better for others. We at Calgary Co-operative Memorial Society will remember him with fondness and miss his helpful presence. Sincerest condolences to all the family.

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  33. Billinghurst Family

    Laurie was not only a friend to boxing, he was also a family friend. His willingness to work things out, composure under fire & integrity will be missed. Along with the many Calgary Boxing & Wrestling Commission Annual dinners and associated memories. We are better for knowing Laurie. Our sincerest condolences to the family.

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  34. Thanks Laurie for the many years of friendship and music we enjoyed together .
    Will miss you and your parents always. Your old buddy Ted. This world was a better place for you being in it.

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  35. Doris & Iver Smith

    WE ARE SO SORRY TO HEAR THE PASSING OF Lawrence;

    Offering our condolences, and remembering Lawence in

    our prayers.

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  36. Charlene & Garth

    Sylvia, Jodene, Matt and family.
    We know Laurie as family, and were so sorry to hear of his illness and passing. Please know that we have fond memories of Laurie and hope he is on to his next adventure. Probably playing pranks with my dad. We are here for you if you need us.
    Char & Garth

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