Lawrence CANNING

CANNING, Lawrence Robert
August 18, 1921 - March 25, 2013
Lawrence was born in Uiligient River Cumberland County, Nova Scotia on August 18, 1921 to Lillian and William Canning, Lawrence's father passed away when Lawrence was a mere fourteen months old and his mother Lillian packed Lawrence up and moved back to Alberta in the Vulcan area. She then remarried Rosco Pyne Munsey, and girls were born, June, Jeanette, Shirley. Lawrence took all his school 1-12, in various small schools in the county. At the young age of nineteen, Lawrence joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (R.C.A.F.) and became a Mechanical Engineer. He was posted in various places throughout British Columbia. Lawrence spent three years in the R.C.A.F. After leaving he spent a year at a BC sugar factory as a tech. Lawrence relocated back to Calgary, Alberta and worked for Canadian Pacific Air. Knowing he longed for education, Lawrence entered the Olds College in the Agriculture field. Going on to take four years of University at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, he graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. Lawrence graduated at the top of his class. Lawrence then went to work for the government as an Inspector, R.O.P. (Records of Productions), his territory was from Fort St. John's, N.W.T. to Thunder Bay, Ontario. His means of getting around was by the buses and staying with the farmers. In later years he got his own government car and that made it easier. Lawrence retired from the government in 1970. Buying a farm and dairy near Didsbury, he sold his dairy operation and leased his farmland, going into only raising cattle for the last few years. In 2003, Lawrence sold his herd of cattle and farm, buying a house in Didsbury, Alberta. Lawrence married Edith Garriock in June 2004, quickly filling the role of Dad, Granddad and Great-Granddad - a new experience for him and he fit it well. In May 2011, Lawrence moved to the Country Manor and Rosefield Centre in Innisfail, Alberta and resided there until his passing. Lawrence was predeceased by his wife, Edith, three sisters, June (2009), Shirley (2010) and Jeanette (2011), his Mother (1994) and Father (1923) and stepfather (1967). He leaves to cherish his memory five stepchildren Wes (Marylou) Garriock and family of Vulcan, Alberta, Don (Arla) Garriock and family of Magrath, Alberta, John (Ethel) Garriock and family of Drumheller, Alberta, Norma (Jerry) Garriock and family of Calgary, Alberta, Dan (LeeAnne) Garriock and family of BC; twelve step-grandchildren, sixteen great- step-grandchildren, special niece Carroll (Ken) McDonald and family of Oyen, Alberta, special nephew John (Leslie) Ross and family of Calgary, Alberta, nephew, David Ross and family of Blain, Washington, USA, niece Cherlyn (Bill) Morrill and family of West Rose, AB, nephew Guy Cochrane of Calgary, AB, cousin Joyce (Ron) Zablocki and family of Medicine Hat, AB, Aunt Jane (Edwin) Pease of Oakham, USA and cousin Jane Parker of Nova Scotia. A Memorial Service will be held at the Chapel of MOUNTAIN VIEW FUNERAL HOME on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Memorial tributes may be directed to a charity of donor's choice. To forward condolences, please visit our website: Arrangements entrusted to MOUNTAIN VIEW MEMORIAL GARDENS, FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORIUM, 1605 - 100 Street S.E., Calgary, AB. Telephone: 403-272-5555.


Funeral Home

Mountain View Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home
1605 - 100 Street S.E. Calgary, AB T1X 0L4
(403) 272-5555

Published in The Calgary Herald on Apr. 2, 2013