John Alan (Al) Lawrence

Truro Daily News - - PROVINCE -

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.

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