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In Loving Memory Of

Laurence Johns


Laurence Leslie Johns was born in Peace River Alberta on July 24, 1937 and passed away December 30 2015, at the Grande Prairie Care Centre, at the age of 78.  

Laurence was raised in the Clear Hills District (north and west of Grimshaw), he attended Hazel, a one room school grades one to 8, which was  about 2 and a half miles from home. When he was old enough he would walk to the school early enough to stoke up the air tight heater having the school warm for when the teacher and students got there. He took most of grade 9 by correspondence, and then grade 10 to 12 at PRBI in Sexsmith AB. He attended Forestry training school in Hinton twice in order to become a Forest officer and again for Forest Technician. Laurence worked with the Albert Forest Service from 1959 to 1972 and again 1982 to 1988.   From 1973 to 1982 Laurence worked at Canfor (North Canadian Forest Industry) GP.  Laurence loved the bush, whether it was working, hunting or trapping within it.                        

Laurence started to curl after moving to GP in 1964. He loved the game and curled many years with his brother Stan, his dad Paul and brother in law Erwin until Erwin moved to Edmonton.  Laurence was also very much involved in Horseshoe Pitching, taking on a leadership role in the early 1970’s. He is a Hall of Fame member in both the Alberta Horseshoe Pitchers Association and Horseshoe Canada Hall Of Fame (1992).

Laurence and Margaret Wiggs were married November 16, 1962, in Dixonville AB, this loving relationship lasted 53 wonderful years, right to the moment he left us to spend eternity with his Mother, Father and brother.  Stan, Jack and Cam, have their 4th for crib and sweetie has a  lap to curl up on.

Laurence is survived by his loving wife Margaret and their daughters, Barbara (Charles) Filewych their two daughters Katie and Madeline of West Vancouver BC, and Lorraine of Grande Prairie. Laurence is also survived by siblings, Diane (Erwin) Sieker of Edmonton, Linda (Ray) Hart of Swan River Manitoba, Wayne Johns (Allison) of Calgary and Gloria (Jim) McCallister of Grande Prairie, along with many nieces and nephews.                                                                                                        

 Laurence was predeceased by his father Paul Johns 1989; mother Helen Johns 2006, brother Stanley Johns 2007.

A celebration of life will be held Tuesday January 5th 2016 at 1:00pm at The Salvation Army Community Church 9525-83rd Ave Grande Prairie AB.

Memorial donations in Laurence’s memory may be made to Grande Prairie Elks #285 Children’s Fund (10806 106 St., Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 2Z4), Heart and Stroke of Alberta (Unit 109, 10126 120 Ave, Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 8H9), The Salvation Army Grande Prairie Community Church (9525 83 Ave, Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 6V1), or to a charity of one’s choice.

In Loving Memory of

Laurence Johns


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Memorial Service
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
1:00 PM
Salvation Army Church - Grande Prairie

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