Glenn William Lawson passed away peacefully at the age of 86 on Friday, January 27, 2006 at MSA Hospital, Abbotsford, BC. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Jean Elizabeth (McFarlane) Lawson. Glenn is survived by his four daughters, Jean Anne Stewart of Abbotsford, BC; Joyce Adele (Heiti) Muul of Wollongong, Australia; Janice Elizabeth (Rory) Cook or Abbotsford, BC; Jennifer Elaine (Dale) Curtis of Port Moody, BC. He is survived by his ten grandchildren, Glenn (Sharon) Stewart of Winnipeg; Andrea Stewart of Toronto; John Burritt of Dawson Creek; Michael (Marisa) Burritt of Abbotsford; Christopher Muul, Simon Muul, Timothy Muul and Sally Muul of Wollongong, Australia; Lindsay Curtis and Amanda Curtis of Port Moody. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Frank Hill and Cora Ethel Lawson of Brandon; his older brother Cecil Lawson of Brandon. He is survived by his older brother Douglas (Wilma) Lawson of Brandon; and his younger sister Adele Shaw of Victoria.
Glenn was born in Saskatchewan but moved early on, attending school in Brandon, Manitoba. He graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1942 at which time he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Engineers and served as Lieutenant Overseas from 1942-1945. Upon his return he worked briefly with Trans Canada Airlines in Winnipeg before joining his father and two brothers in the family business, Frank Lawson and Sons Ltd in Brandon. He also worked as a Counselor to small business at the Federal Business Development Bank. He remained in Brandon until his retirement when he and Jean moved to White Rock, BC in 1984.
Glenn was an active member of the community and served as a member of many boards and committees such as Children’s Aid Society, Manitoba Economic Development Commission, Western Concrete Products, Metev Woollen Mills and McKenzie Seeds, just to name a few. He loved to build both in his working years and when he retired. He was Building Chairman of Knox United Church, Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium and the Brandon Golf and Country Club. When he retired he spent many happy hours wood working in his backyard shop. One of his favorite pastimes was working on his caterpillar building a tennis court or bringing in firewood to keep his family and many friends warm at the fireside at Highcliffe, Minaki, Ontario. A loving father, husband and loyal friend he enjoyed spending time with those he loved. He will be missed.
A memorial service will be held in Brandon, Manitoba at Knox United Church. A reception will follow. Arrangements are being handled by Henderson’s Funeral Home in Abbotsford and Brockie Donovan in Brandon. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in his name to the Kidney Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Society.
Messages of condolences may be sent care of Brockie Donovan at www.brockiedonovan.com.
Henderson’s Funeral Home (604) 854-5534