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GILBERT LAWRENCE PEARSON (published on May 16, 2009)

GILBERT LAWRENCE PEARSON June 9, 1924 ~ May 14, 2009 Gilbert Pearson passed away peacefully on May 14, 2009 at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta. He is preceded in death by his parents; Muriel and Gilbert; his sisters Phyliss and Olive; his wife Mayme (nee Watson), and his grandson Danny. Lawrence was born June 9, 1924 in Hamiota, Manitoba. He attended Consolidated School and worked on the family farm. Lawrence joined the Canadian Armed Forces in November, 1942. As a member of the RCAR Division, Lawrence was part of the allied invasion of Italy. He saw active duty in Italy, France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany. He was honourably discharged January 10, 1946. During his active service, he was awarded five distinguished service medals. After his discharge he returned to his family farm in Hamiota; however, in 1948 he moved to Winnipeg permanently. He married Mayme McLean, February 3, 1951 and joined a family which included a daughter Luella and son David. Together they had a son Larry. Lawrence began his career at Weston's Bakeries Winnipeg in 1950, and retired in 1984. Lawrence was very proud to have been one of the founding and oldest members of the Army and Navy Veterans Club #1 in Winnipeg. Lawrence enjoyed showing heavy horses and playing cards. He spent many years travelling around rural Manitoba to horse shows and fairs. He taught his grandchildren to play cribbage and rummy. He moved to be closer to his son and his family in November 2008. The Colonel Belcher Veterans Facility in Calgary, became his new home. He leaves to mourn his passing; his son Larry (Melinda), stepson David McLean (Eileen) of Kelowna, stepdaughter Luella Scharer (Len-deceased) of Winnipeg; grandchildren Michael Pearson (Vanessa), Jane Abboud (Tony), David McLean (Belinda), Gordon Scharer (Donna), Lynda Liebrecht (Norman), Diana Worm (Frank), Tim Scharer (Hazel); and his eleven great grandchildren. The family wishes to express their thanks for the care and compassion demonstrated by the professional medical staff at the Foothills Hospital (Tom Baker Center) Unit 46 and Dr. Stephen Watson. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Cropo Funeral Home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Condolences may be forwarded to the family through In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Friends of the Colonel Belcher (c/o Carewest Colonel Belcher, 1939 Veterans Way N.W., Calgary, Alberta T3B 5Y8). Arrangements in care of COMMEMORATIVE SERVICES FUNERAL DIRECTORS (403)265-1199 Calgary Family Owned

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