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Lawrence White

October 23, 1942 - December 18, 2016


Age, 74, died on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 in Chemainus with his children by his side after a short illness. He is predeceased by his father Leonard William White. He is survived by his mother, Mary Lavinia White of Duncan and siblings; Clifford (Halina) of Calgary; Diana Johnstone (Jack) of Nanaimo; Joe (Penny) of Chemainus; Mary Lou of Duncan; son Matthew (Trina) and grandchildren Katie and Josh of Chemainus; daughter Amy Alexandra of Chemainus; son Jason Knowland of  Victoria and granddaughter Myla of Victoria.

Lawrence began his life in Southern Alberta, the third child of Leonard and Mary White. He studied business at UCLA and San Jose State University in California, where he met his wife Gail. He worked the oil patch in Louisiana, Alberta, and Alaska. On Vancouver Island he worked in administration at School District 69 (Lake Cowichan) for more than 20 years, serving as secretary-treasurer. In the year 1995 he established Lake Construction Ltd., a general contracting firm, which he operated with his son Matthew.

He was passionate about gardening, music and family. He appreciated lively conversation with strangers or friends. A celebration of Lawrence's life is set for Saturday, January 7th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., at the Chemainus Royal Canadian Legion.  


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Dorothy Edith Dalman
Relation: While employed for School Dist66

Shocked & saddened to hear of Lawrence’s passing. Deepest sympathy to all family.

From: Rose Marie Thompson
Relation: friend of Mary Lou

Dear Mary Lou and Mum
So sad to see that you have lost your handsome brother/son.
May God be with you now and always.
Rose Marie

From: Amy White
Relation: Daughter

Love you, Dad: things just are not the same around 9190 without you here. But, I know wherever life takes me from here you will always live in my heart and in the many happy memories I have gathered over the 42 years I was lucky enough to have you as part of my life. And, I know that I didn’t always say it when I should of, so I am saying it now, Thank You Dad, so much, for all the sacrifices that you made so that Matt and I could have the things we wanted, you were such a good dad to us, love you.

From: Dave and Anna Clark
Relation: Friend

Matt: So sorry to read about the passing of your Dad…I had hoped that I could see him this month, after seeing you and he in November. Didn’t know it was so critical! Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time…please know that he will be remembered!!

From: Elizabeth Ilka (Kant)
Relation: Friends with Lawrence and Gail in Lake Cowichan

I saddened to hear of Lawrence’s passing. I have fond memories of life in Lake Cowichan when we were all young adults with beautiful young children. It was a magical time. My condolences to Matthew and Amy.

From: Richard & Jeanette Buckles
Relation: Friends

We were shocked to here of the passing of our friend Lawrence when we arrived in Mexico. It took a few days to really accept it. Life will never be the same without him. Kendra, Grant and the boys in Brisbane, Jordy in Vancouver and Jeanette & I all send our greatest sympathies to Mrs. White, Matt & Trina, Amy and the entire White Clan. Sorry we could not be back in time for the celebration of a great man’s life. Happy Trails My Friend – Keep Bob Pender out of trouble would you. .

From: Doug McLaren
Relation: Cousin

Was shocked and saddened at the news. So grateful I was able to visit with Lorrie and the White family this past summer after many years.

From: Lise Haddock
Relation: friend

Dear Matt and Family..so shocked to hear of Lawrence’s passing.We were out of country at the time and just recently returned. He was a really great guy full of vision and creativity. I was will always be grateful for what he built for services for children and youth in Cowichan. The creator has called an angel home…he will be missed. You and your family are in our prayers.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
January 7, 2017
Beginning at 2:00am

Chemainus Legion
9775 Chemainus Road
Chemainus, BC Canada

9775 Chemainus Road
Chemainus, BC Canada

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