Albert Lawrence

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LAWRENCE, Albert Benjamin Rutter (Bert) MC, QC - On March 28, 2007, in Gatineau, Quebec. He will be greatly missed by Lois (nee Davidson) his beloved wife of 57 years, and by his children Paula Grant (Peter), John (Ritchie), David (Elizabeth) and Andrea Gall (Eric). He will also be missed by his nine grandchildren: Wynne, Ben, Molly, Nicholas, Mary, Lucy, Emma, William and Alex. Bert is survived by his brother R.G.R. (Barney) Lawrence of Kitchener. Bert was born in Calgary, Alberta, on March 31, 1923, grew up in Ottawa and was educated at Ashbury College and at Royal Military College. Bert was a Lieutenant in the 8th Reconnaissance Regiment (8th Recce) when they landed in Normandy in the first week of July 1944. He was decorated with the Military Cross by King George VI for engineering a bridge in an advance action at the Risle River near Brionne, France. In October 1944, he was injured in a V2 rocket attack near Antwerp, but in February 1945 he returned to his regiment and saw action in Germany to the last day of the war. At the end of the war he was promoted to the rank of Captain. After graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1948, Bert joined the Ottawa firm of Honeywell Baker Gibson and Wotherspoon, and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1959. Bert Lawrence was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in September 1963, as a Progressive Conservative for Russell. He was appointed to the Ontario Cabinet by Premier John Robarts, as Minister of Financial and Corporate Affairs, and served in the Cabinet of Premier William Davis as Minister of Health and Provincial Secretary for Resources Development. After retiring from politics, Bert served as Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Foundation. He was appointed to the Veterans Appeal Board, on which he served for five years. He was also Lieutenant-Colonel (Hon.) 28th (Ottawa) Service Battalion. Over the years, Bert also served on the boards of Carleton University, the Ottawa General Hospital, and the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires (National Capital Division). Bert was President of the Canadian Club of Ottawa, and served on the National Executive. For many years he sang in the men's choir at Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa. Bert's favorite activities were reading, discussing politics and listening to jazz. His whimsical sense of humour was manifest not only in conversation but also in short poems and small sculptures. A Service of Thanksgiving will be held in Ottawa at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church on Monday, 2 April, at 3:00 PM.
Published in National Post on Mar. 31, 2007
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