COATES, Lawrence Allen
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Peacefully, after a courageous battle with lung cancer, at the Ottawa General Hospital on Monday, December 24, 2012 with his family by his side, Lawrence Allen Coates died at the age of 74. Born on October 31, 1938 in Rear of Yonge Twp., Leeds County he was the son of the late Charles and Laureen (Watts) Coates of Maitland. Beloved husband and best friend of Dianne (Trew) Coates. Loved and respected father of Ray of Burlington and Randy (Lynda) of Smiths Falls. Sadly missed by his grandchildren Ioana and Maria of Burlington and Nicolas and Victoria of Smiths Falls. Dear brother of Ernest (Betty) of Athens, John (the late Patricia) of Gananoque and Sheridan (Susan) of Brockville. Predeceased by his sister June (Stewart) Burnett of Brockville. Fondly remembered by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends and neighbours. Lawrence was raised in the Athens area and started in the road construction industry. He was the Roads Superintendent for the last 29 years of his employment with the Township of Montague and a founding member of the Montague Volunteer Fire Department. After retirement, he farmed beef cattle and enjoyed the outdoor life; cutting wood, working with machinery in his workshop and restoring old tractors. A hard working individual who enjoyed some travel and most importantly spending time with family. The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and support staff of the Ottawa General Hospital and the local CCAC and Bayshore Home Health for their excellent care and support given to Lawrence. Family and friends may pay their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, 112 Beckwith St. N., Smiths Falls on Friday, December 28, 2012 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Interment, St. Francis de Sales Cemetery. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Dec. 28, 2012