John Alan (Al) Lawrence
LAWRENCE, John Alan (Al) – 80, Bible Hill, passed away Monday, August 28, 2017, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro.
Born in Halifax, he was the oldest son of the late John A. and Eudora M. (O’Brien) Lawrence.
Al worked with the Royal Bank for nearly 40 years, mainly managing branches in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. After retirement from banking, he became a residential property appraiser in the Truro area. Al took pride in maintaining his own home and those of other family members. He also enjoyed travel and spending time with friends.
He took immense pleasure from his fiddle, which he “played with” for over 60 years, enjoying jam sessions with friends and entertaining other folks. He was involved with several service clubs and boards of volunteer organizations throughout his banking career and in retirement.
He was an active member of the Masonic Order for 49 years, holding various offices in Temple Lodge #57 (Mulgrave) and Stewiacke Lodge #98. He served on Grand Lodge committees and boards, and served as District Deputy Grand Master for Colchester County. He was a member of the United Church of Canada, serving on a number of committees and in various capacities as well as being a choir member for most of his adult life.
Al is survived by his daughter, Audrey (Steve) Fultz, Bible Hill; son, Will (Sue Ellen) Lawrence, Maitland, Hants County; grandchildren, Matt and Emily Fultz and Caleb and Kathleen Lawrence; all of whom he loved and of whom he was very proud. He is also survived by his sister, Helen Lawrence, Maitland; brothers, Douglas and Terry (Margi) of Halifax; sisters-inlaw, Nancy MacDonald, Guelph, Ontario; Barbara Carpenter, Stellarton.
Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved and respected wife of 45 years, Beverly (MacDonald) Lawrence (2008); sisters, Lillian Hill (2009) and Ruth Main (2013). All are welcome to join Al’s family for a celebration of his life which will include music, story-telling, jokes, refreshments and an open mic that will be held from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Bible Hill Fire Hall, 69 Pictou Road, Bible Hill.
Interment will be held at a later date in Oak Island Cemetery, Maitland, Hants County.
Honouring Al’s wishes, his remains have been donated to Dalhousie University Medical School for advancement of Medical Education and Research.
Dad’s kind and generous spirit touched many people. In lieu of flowers and donations, please consider paying forward an act of kindness in his memory.
Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Al’s obituary online and selecting “Send A Condolence” at www.mattatallvarnerfh.com.