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Bourassa, Lawrence John

Lawrence John Bourassa passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit, Lethbridge, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, at the age of 71 years.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 51 years, Rita; their daughters Carrie (friend Charlie), Laureen (Jim) and Brenda; their son Tom (Karen); their grandchildren Nadine Lockart (Jarret), Tricia Cosgrove (fiance Frank), Jeremy Cosgrove (Shannon), Anita Alcock (Tony), Jeanine Smith, Ryan Smith, Taylor Bourassa and Landon Bourassa; and great grandchildren Austin, Braeden, Alex, Devin and Alyssa.
Lawrence was predeceased by his infant son Larry; two brothers, Edgar and Leo Jr.; and his sister Evelyn.
He is also survived by three brothers, Harvey (Kaye), Albert (Irene) and George (Marg); two sisters, Beatrice (Bob) McMurren and Annette (Harold) Seymour; one brother in-law, Al Jensen; one sister in-law, Gloria Bourassa and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Lawrence was born March 1, 1933, on his grandparent’s farm in the Mud Lake district west of Fort Macleod. He was the sixth child of Leo and Jeanette Bourassa.
In 1936 he and his family moved to a homestead in the Chapel Rock district north of Lundbreck, where many of his siblings were born. In 1939 the family moved back to Fort Macleod where Lawrence attended school, lived and worked for most of his life.
For 25 years he worked for G.H. Scougall’s Garage, starting as a mechanic and partsman then later into sales. Lawrence was an agent for Mutual Life Insurance/Clarica for 16 years until his retirement in 1999.
He and his wife Rita moved to Lethbridge in December 2001. While living in Fort Macleod, Lawrence was an active member of the community and church. He was a volunteer with the fire department for over 20 years, retiring as deputy fire chief. He was past president of both the Rotary and Golf Club and an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion, participating in the annual Memorial Day Parade regardless of the weather.
Lawrence was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, as well as past Grand Knight of Council No. 5089. As District Deputy he was involved with the inception of the Knights of Columbus council in Claresholm.
Lawrence enjoyed sports of all kinds, including golf, hunting, fishing, curling and baseball, but his greatest love was hockey. He was a well-respected player, referee and coach. Throughout the 1950s and ’60s, he won numerous point scoring titles and most valuable player awards.
In 1960-’61 he played for Stavely making the 40-minute drive for every practice and game. To many of the hockey players and fans who knew him, Lawrence was known as “the guy who could score a goal when the team needed one.”
Lawrence always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. He exemplified hard work, honesty, dedication to family and loyalty to friends. Lawrence’s extraordinary spirit will live on forever in the hearts and memories of those who knew and loved him.
A prayer service was held at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2618 Third Ave., Fort Macleod on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004, at 7 p.m. The funeral service was held at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, at 11 a.m. with Father A. Fermo officiating.

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