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Lawrence Kvist

Lawrence Kvist

April 14th, 1934 February 22nd, 2020

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Obituary for Lawrence Sanford "Lawrie" Kvist

Lawrence Kvist
1934 ~ 2020
Mr. Lawrence Sanford “Lawrie” Kvist of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of Patsy Kvist, passed away on Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 at the age of 85 years. Lawrie leaves to cherish his memory his daughters, Cheryl Scarlett, Deanna McNab and Valerie Beauchamp and their families; stepdaughter, Erica Kelly and family; and stepson, Brandon Stone and his family. Lawrence was predeceased by his parents, Gustav and Gladys Kvist; and one sister, Jean Griffiths. Lawrie had a very busy and fulfilling life, balancing his careers with his love of both winter and summer sports. Before joining the Edmonton Fire Department, Lawrie held careers in banking, the oilfield industry, and at General Motors (GMAC). During his time with the Fire Department Lawrie played in the marching band and found time to refinish classic cars and renovate homes. He also built a camper so that he could go anywhere at any time. After his retirement in 1991, Lawrie went to work at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as a tour guide. In 1996, Lawrie and Patsy began a new chapter in their lives, making the decision to live in their RV near Yuma for six months of the year.
Many hours were spent hiking in the desert and spending time with his much beloved cousin, Gordon. It was also here that Lawrie began his love affair with wood carving. During the warmer months of spring and summer, Lawrie and Patsy made Osoyoos, BC their base for volunteering as campground hosts for BC Parks. In 1999, they settled in Osoyoos as Lawrie’s health began to fail. Lawrie fought through a bout of cancer but was then diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2007. It was this diagnosis that spurred their move to Medicine Hat to be closer to their family. Once settled, Lawrie started swimming mornings at Crestwood Pool where he met new friends who remained even after the effects of Parkinson’s required him to give up swimming. Lawrie joined the Parkinson Group here in Medicine Hat and made friends with many great people who loved to visit and go for lunches and coffee. He will be deeply missed and remembered for his kindness, dry wit, good conversations, and willingness to always help out when and where needed. A Come and Go Celebration of Lawrie’s life will be held at ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, 702 - 2nd Street SE, on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Donations in Lawrie’s memory may be made to the Edmonton Firefighter’s Burn Treatment Society, Suite 1, 7024 - 101 Avenue NW, Edmonton, T5K 2N2. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Lawrie Kvist. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, CREMATORIUM AND RECEPTION CENTRE, “The Chapel in the Park”, locally owned and directed. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone 403-528-2599.

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  • Come and Go Celebration

    March 4th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Royal Canadian Legion - Medicine Hat
    702 - 2nd Street SE
    MEDICINE HAT, AB
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    March 4th, 2020
    2:00pm
    A Come and Go Celebration of Lawrence's life will take place from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

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Mavis Martin

Dear Pat, Erica and George:
So sorry to hear of Lawrie's passing!!! Last time I spoke to Erica she had mentioned things were going pretty tough for him so he is now in comfort. I am unable to attend your celebration today so please remember I am thinking of you and holding you in my prayers. Your memories and friends will be your strength for the next while. Make sure to use them to their full advantage. In my memories of meeting Lawrie, I know I will have a smile on my face and probably a little chuckle. He was a very likeable man!!
Mavis and Esther
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David

Sincere condolences to the family. Lawrie as I knew him, was not only a good decent man, in addition he carried a seldom found gentleness of inner spirit which to me, was shown in his deep affection for his family...and a twinkle in his eye.
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Michelle O'Connor

I had the privilege of meeting and getting to know Lawrie because he was in the same home my friends were in that I used to visit. Lawrie was a classic gentleman in the way he spoke and in his actions. I learnt so much from Lawrie in regards to his life as a fireman by asking questions and the stories he told about his job. He was proud of his grandson that was playing hockey as he spoke of him often.
I've missed seeing Lawrie because he moved to a different home and now saddened to hear of his passing.
My condolences to his wife and family,
Michelle & Heidi.

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