WILSON, Lawrence Leonard

Lawrence Wilson passed away at the age of 96 on Sunday January 16th at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton. He is survived by his wife, Ann; daughter, Barb Toma (Darrell) and son, Jay Lind; grandchildren: Jordan, Justin (Tiffany), Jason (Brooke) and Jonathan (Karina) Toma and, Emolin Lind (Tyler Sambo); his great grandchildren are: Prize, Jasper, Dane, Aven and Braelyn. Lawrence is predeceased by his first wife, Monica and children, Iain and Kate.

He was a powerfully independent man who dedicated a significant portion of his lifetime to serving, protecting, and bettering the lives of many. He served in the Canadian military and seconded to the Royal British army during World War II. Upon his return to Canada, he pursued a career in Public Health Administration. He was a pioneer in the field of hospital administration and was a pivotal member in developing the healthcare system in Alberta as well as many locations internationally. He always believed in building healing communities and sought personal understanding and compassion in his practice. People were his concern ahead of the necessities of administrative duty. Lawrence was a role model of humanism where beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek rational ways of solving human problems.

He was a man of the land who owned farms in Ontario and Alberta. He reveled in the beauty and wonder of the natural world. He loved flowers and cultivated nourishing produce to share with family and friends. Lawrence worked toward building and fostering community wherever he went.

He was a wise and caring mentor to many whose lives he blessed with his compassion. He was a man of love. He wished only for the betterment of those he met in his travels and was heavily invested in the wisdom we share as humans. He lives on in the very wisdom he shared with and passed along to so many.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations are sent to a charity of your choice or in gratitude to the Grey Nuns Community Hospital Palliative Care Unit.

Serenity Funeral Service – South
780 450 0101

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Faye Haney

Dear Ann. I’ve been thinking of you so much as you say good-bye to your dear Lawrence. You two were a great team.
Your care, love and support for Lawrence was so apparent and admirable. He was a good man.
Cherish all the wonderful memories you created together.
Hugs from Faye

Janina Skutle Carlstad

Where does one start with a tribute to an amazing individual like Lawrence? Nonetheless a few poignant memories stand out. I remember a conversation Lawrence and I had about scotch whiskey and so many facets of it that Lawrence shared with me. I couldn’t believe how much there was to know about being a scotch connoisseur and I remembered his tips of wisdom on one of my forays to Scotland when I was testing the various types of scotch in a beautiful pub which Lawrence would definitely have approved of. Lawrence will be remembered for his sense of fun, laughter and inclusivity! I remember family In Norway commenting on how much they had enjoyed his sense of fun and wit when some of our Canadian family visited in Voss, Norway. Our mother, Ina, often mentioned how he would bring out the flaming Christmas Pudd at festive feasts at Cathy’s! My parents also glowingly told me about the time that everyone had gone out to release an owl in the winter with Ann and Lawrence one year. So many special memories, so unique, so much character, and all of that lives on in us all for time Immemorial as they say – cherished memories never to be forgotten.

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