Lawrence HOURIE

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HOURIE, Lawrence Samuel
Peacefully, age 90 in Richmond, BC, October 27, 2012. Born in Empress, Alberta , June 16, 1922. In 1939, age 17 , joined the British Columbia Regiment, Duke of Connaught's Own. Attained Sargeant designation after basic training and was then educated at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), graduating as Lieutenant. Discharged in 1945 , joined the Vancouver Fire Department and retired in 1982, as Assistant Chief . Larry was a Founding Member and Club President of Pompier Unit 314, Army, Navy and Airforce Veterans of Canada and served as a Reserve Member of the BC Regiment. Married for 65 years to his beloved wife Margaret. Children Elizebeth (Donald) Richard (Brenda) Robert(Stephane) , grandchildren Gordon, Warren(Kate), Spencer(Megan), Kurtis (Kirsten), Laurie (Wayne), RJ (Amy) Tom, and great grandchildren, Sam, Peter , Jesse, Rianna, Austin. Predeceased by parents Elizabeth, Sam, siblings Aileen, Pat, Olive, Doug. Dad was an inspiration and role model for his large extended family including nieces , nephews and cousins . An Officer to the end, he exemplified the example of a true gentleman. An avid reader, with an incredible memory , he was a repository of knowledge. Prior to losing sight as a result of glaucoma, he had been a world traveller, taking a keen interest in each location and experience. He was a fisherman, golfer, boater, fixer of anything needing repair, and could provide sound advice and counsel on most subjects. He especially enjoyed activities with family and friends, including summer camping , Harrison river cabin and time spent in Antigua and Nunavut. In keeping with his request there will be no service following cremation, a family gathering will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Firefighters Burn Fund, or Local 18 Firefighters Benevolent Association. The family would like to extend their thanks to the Firefighters at Number 2 Hall, Richmond, for their past assistance and kindness.

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Nov. 10 to Nov. 11, 2012
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