Lawrence Clarence Olson passed away peacefully at Country Meadows Personal Carehome on May 13, 2021. Dad was born October 7, 1932 at Muir, Manitoba to Clarence and Annie Olson and grew up on the family farm. Dad met the love of his life Shirley Stinson and they were married in October 1955. Together they raised 3 children, Dean, Gayle and Heather on their farm in the Golden Stream District.
Dad worked for Gardiner Construction in 1956, later known as G.M.W. Ltd, and Vector Construction, starting as a heavy equipment operator and moving on to Foreman and Superintendent. He worked many construction jobs away from home with Mom and the kids joining him in the summer months. He formed many valued and lasting friendships over the years through his work. In 1983 Dad retired and he and Mom continued farming together working side by side. He enjoyed serving as councillor for the R.M. of Westbourne for 16 years. He was also a member of the Gladstone Legion.
Snowmobiling, curling, camping and playing cards were a few of dad’s favorite pastimes on the farm. You’d often see him pulling his grandchildren behind the snowmobile, roasting hotdogs with them over the campfire or taking them for a round of golf on his cart. Many cards games were enjoyed with family and friends. Dad and mom enjoyed travelling with trips to Hawaii, Florida, Las Vegas as well as many trips to casinos with friends.
Dad and Mom moved to Gladstone in 2005 where they enjoyed 10 years of activities together, from cards at the Senior’s Drop In Centre, Crib and meat draws at the Legion, bowling, golfing and taking in their grandchildren’s curling, hockey and ball games. Dad was an avid Blue Jays fan and never missed The Price is Right. He looked forward to family gatherings whether it was special holidays or a Sunday get together for a game of cards. He loved to just be around his grandchildren and great grandchildren and keep up on their latest activities. Dad and Mom were soulmates to the end after almost 60 years of marriage. When Mom passed away suddenly in 2015 Dad missed her terribly. Shortly thereafter he settled into his new home at Country Meadows Carehome where he enjoyed the many activities and caring environment. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to the kind and compassionate staff at Country Meadows Carehome.
Lawrence was predeceased by his wife Shirley, son Dean, parents Clarence and Annie, brother Almer, sisters Nellie (Verne) McGowan, Irene (Jock) McIvor, sisters-in-law Linda Olson and Fern Flatt, brother-in-law Graham Stinson.
Left to cherish his memory are daughters, Gayle (Colin) Gowan; Heather (Laurie) Kirkland, daughter-in-law Jo-anne Olson, grandchildren Bryan (Stacey) Gowan, Rylee and Kolby; Shauna (Matthew) Fehr, Caitlyn, Jacob, Kirsten and Thomas; Myles (Shannon) Gowan, Kelly, Ashlyn, Alexis and Kori; Jamie (Jenny) Kirkland; Jason Kirkland, brother Bob Olson, brother-in-law Arnold Flatt and special niece Barb (Ed) Grumpelt and Tyler.
Dad you were a kind and gentle soul who had a smile for everyone. We will miss you dearly.
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