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Obit: Lawrence Edward Brierley b.1914 Windthorst, SK.
Posted by: R. Isherwood (ID *****1755) Date: November 18, 2005 at 05:37:53
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Lawrence Edward Brierley October 28, 1914 - September 19, 2005. Lawrence Edward Brierley, passed away peacefully at White Rock Hospital on September 19, 2005. He was the son of John H. and Harriet Lillian (Armstrong) Brierley. They were among the earliest settlers in Windthorst, Saskatchewan. He grew up in a family with much love and affection that thrived despite the hardships of the dirty thirties. As a youth, he played a variety of sports. Due to his athletic prowess, he landed a job, during the depression, playing hockey for the Trail Smoke Eaters, where he worked in the smelting plant. He took an aeronautical course in Regina, Saskatchewan. During the war he served with the R.C.A.F. for five years, mostly as a flying instructor. In 1943 he married Edith (Dee) C. Hanson, of Wadena, a nurse whom he met in Saskatoon, while he was with the R.C.A.F. Larry often said that was the best decision he made in his life! Upon his discharge from the R.C.A.F. in 1945, he was employed with the Saskatchewan Department of Social Welfare as a social worker in Wadena. where he and Dee, began their family of four children. In 1950 he graduated from the School of Social Work at the University of Manitoba. He was appointed Regional Administrator of Social Welfare in North Battleford in 1951, where he served until 1964. He then accepted a position as Regional Administrator for Social Services in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. A position he held until his retirement in 1978. Through the years he was an active supporter of underdog, championing many a cause; a past Master in the Masonic Lodge; member of the Royal Arch Masons; Past Patron, Order of the Eastern Star and member of the Canadian Order of Foresters. Together, he and his wife enjoyed curling, boating, camping, and travelling with their children. Upon retirement, he and his wife followed their dream and travelled Europe, and some of the middle-eastern countries. They returned to settle in Sidney B.C. where they lived for 20 years, moving to White Rock, B.C. in 2000, where they resided for the past 6 years. Larry, as he was known, was self-disciplined, personally responsible, selfreliant and a born leader. He had a keen sense of justice and a striving for fair play. He was a focused, committed and tenacious man, developing and maintaining a personal sense of integrity along with a physical fitness program from his teen years until his death at 90 years of age. Anyone who knew him knew he was a fighter, surviving various cancers for 25 years. Mostly, he was a dedicated and loving husband, father and friend, emulating his beliefs through behaviours. He loved a good laugh, often quoted poetry he had learned in his high school years, and frequently, in the company of friends and family, broke into his favourite songs! He will be remembered for all the above, along with his sparkling green eyes and his warm smile. He is predeceased by his brothers and sisters, and his grandson Christopher Turner of Coquitlam. He is survived by his loving wife Dee, of 61 years, his daughter, Beverly D. Turner (husband Laurence) of Coquitlam, B.C., son Lawrence A. Brierley (wife Michele) of Victoria, B.C., daughter Shelley A. Brierley Von Zill (husband Nicolas)of Langley, B.C., and son Gaynal Brierley(wife Suzanne Jacobs)of Surrey, B.C. Grandchildren; Jonathan (wife Robin) Turner, Yann (wife,Roxanne)and Katie Brierley, and Kallima and Kaschta Brierley Von Zill. He will always be remembered, with Love and Respect, as a powerful person, who made a positive difference in our lives! In lieu of flowers, donations to the Geriatric Assessment and Training Unit, Peace Arch Hospital Foundation (15521 Russell Avenue, White Rock, B.C. V4B 2R4) or your charity of choice, would be appreciated.


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