DURLING, Laurie Arden
(WO Canadian Armed Forces - Retired)
Passed away peacefully in Digby General hospital November 24, 2015 at the age of 78.
Born in Digby, NS on October 12, 1937, he was the son of the late Lennie Julia Durling (nee Banks) and the late Aubrey Arden Durling.
He was predeceased by his brothers Glenn (died at 14) and Bruce (survived by Bruce's widow Jean and their daughter Karla).
Laurie served over 30 years in the Canadian Armed Forces (Signals), retiring as a Warrant Officer.
He is survived by his caring and loving partner Bernice White.
Laurie was predeceased by former wife Mary Durling (nee Parker) and is survived by his children: Michael (Anne), Neil (Cheryl), Terry (Christine) and Barry (David); grandchildren: Amanda (Pat), Lindsay, Austin, Kristen, Madison, Rachel, Hope, Cody (Tracy) and Justin; and great- grandchildren: Aidan and Madalyn.
While serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, Laurie was posted to locations including Germany; Cyprus; New Jersey; and Ottawa, Carp and Kingston, Ontario. It was while in Ontario that Laurie and Mary started their family and established roots in Stittsville, ON, where his boys came to call home from 1967.
During his time in Stittsville, ON, Laurie was involved in the community through coaching minor hockey and as a founding and charter member instrumental in the establishment of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 618 Stittsville.
After his military career, Laurie was employed by AT&T in Ottawa.
After returning to the family homestead in Clementsport, NS to care for parents in the 1990s, Laurie had many hobbies and pastimes that included his producing maple syrup in "Bernice and Laurie's Sugar Shack," working the land with his tractor and backhoe, and of course his gardening.
In his adventures, Laurie was often accompanied and assisted by close friends, including Roland Boudreau and Jody Bent. A very special thank you for the joy you brought and for all of the assistance, care and compassion shown especially in his later days.
In addition, the family wishes to thank the many friends and neighbours who have assisted and supported them throughout: the doctors, nurses and palliative care staff; and the friendship and support of the group at TOPS.
As Laurie wished, in his death he will contribute to the furtherance of medical science at the Dalhousie Medical School.
Interment to be held at a later date.
Donations in his memory can be made to the Lung Association, Canadian Cancer Society
, Victorian Order of Nurses, Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or the charity of your choice.