Walter Lawrence Obituary, Walter Lawrence Funeral And Obituary Details
- john Gibson
Walter Lawrence Obituary, Death – Walter K. Lawrence, in his 80th year, was welcomed home by Jesus early on Sunday morning, April 16th, 2023, at his residence in Haileybury, Ontario. Walter Lawrence, the second of four siblings, was born on Friday, December 24th, 1943, in the Englehart hospital to Reginald and Edna (née Scott) Lawrence.
His parents, brothers Frank and Patrick, and an infant granddaughter, Melissa Foster, preceded him in death. Walter worked for six years at the Macassa gold mine in Kirkland Lake before following his goals and launching Walter’s Radio and TV in New Liskeard, which he eventually sold in 1986. Walter could fix anything and thoroughly loved working on projects, whether it was chopping trees, diagnosing particularly difficult technological problems, fixing a tire, or shingling a roof.
He met the love of his life, Inge, in 2011, and they married in 2012. Never one to sit still, he concluded his working career at Electronic North before retiring at the age of 70 to what he dubbed a new weekly schedule of “six Saturdays and a Sunday” working on his property to make it exactly what he and Inge envisioned. Even near the end of his life, he continued to work on specialty electronic work on the side and displayed his cedar shingle mill at the Earlton Steam Show this summer.
Walter is well-known among friends and family as the guy who was always ready with a story, joke, or Robert Service poetry on every occasion. He disliked drawing attention to himself, but he genuinely enjoyed people and was always the first to volunteer to assist a friend, neighbor, or his church with a project. Walter’s family was his pride and pleasure, and he enjoyed having them around his house.
He loves the outdoors and spent last winter cutting firewood and sliding down his property’s groomed tobogganing slope like one of the kids. He and Inge held many happy family events at their house and made many guests feel welcome as well. Most important to Walter, however, was the commitment he made to Jesus at the age of 20 during a church service in Kirkland Lake. After then, he never wavered in his faith; one of his greatest joys was reaching out to young families and children in the Tri-Town area and sharing the good news of God’s love for them.
For many years, he was involved in either captaining or driving the Sunday School bus, teaching Sunday School and Kids Church, or helping the leadership of the church’s youth organization. Walter is survived by his beloved wife of more than ten years, Inge (née Remers), as well as his three children and their spouses: Karen (Jon) Foster, Deborah (Declan) O’Sullivan, and Daniel (Lucie); his eight grandchildren: Sarah (Matthew) Brandsma, Bethany and Jonathan Foster, Joshua (Amanda), and Micheal Lawrence, Clara, Seamus, and Sophia O’Sullivan; and six great-grandchildren: Boaz, Ari, Silas, Rosie, Eliyah, and Ariyah; as well as Inge’s children: Angela (Dennis On Saturday, April 22nd, at 2 p.m., a Celebration of Life will be held at Temiskaming Pentecostal Church, with visiting commencing at 1 p.m.
This event will also be live broadcast at https://youtube.com/user/temiskamingchurch2561. At a later date, a private family interment will take place. Arrangements are being handled by BUFFAM LEVEILLE FUNERAL HOME, Haileybury, 705-672-3122. The family would like to thank Dr. Currie and the healthcare staff at Community Care Partners, Temiskaming Hospital, and Sudbury Health Science Northeast Cancer Centre for providing Walter with such great care throughout his last nine months of battle with cancer. Donations in place of flowers can be donated to Temiskaming Pentecostal Church or World Vision Canada. Condolences may be expressed online at www.buffamleveille.com.