Arleigh Howard Laycock

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Arleigh Howard Laycock May 10, 1924 - Jun 7, 2018 of London, Ontario. Beloved husband of 60 years of the late Audrey Jean (Tyrholm) Laycock (d. 2010) and loving father of Deborah Laycock (and James Carson) of Ohio, David Laycock of Roberts Creek, B.C., and James Laycock (and Susan Michelle Millard) of London and St. Thomas. Remembered with love and affection by grandchildren Christopher, Julia, and Devon. Admired and fondly remembered by his surviving siblings, Gilbert Laycock of Montreal and Deanna Downton of Calgary. Arleigh was born in Strathmore, Alberta, the son of the late George Henry ("Harry") and Helia (Riekki) Laycock. He served as a pilot in the R.C.A.F. from 1943-45. After graduating from the University of Toronto in 1949, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1957. He held the position of Hydrologist with the Eastern Rockies Forest Conservation Board from 1952-1955, whereupon he joined the faculty of the Department of Geography at the University of Alberta, where he served as Professor until his retirement in 1989. Arleigh and Audrey lived in Minnesota, Calgary, Edmonton, Texas, and St. Thomas, Ontario. They travelled widely, often on epic journeys. There will be a private memorial service in July. Special thanks to Veterans Affairs and to the staff in the Western Counties Wing of Parkwood, St. Joseph's Health Care, in London, who provided such excellent care to Arleigh in the last year of his life.


Published in The Edmonton Journal on June 11, 2018
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