Laurie Wayne Geddes

Laurie Geddes, age 77 passed away peacefully at home in Victoria, BC on December 30th, with Susan, his beloved wife of 50 years, his son Jason, nephew Charles Fincham, and long-time friend and associate Larry Jefferson at his side.  Laurie, the eldest son of Clinton and Shirley (Fleck) Geddes, was born in Truro, NS, and grew up in Middle Stewiacke.     He was predeceased by his infant son Robert, his parents, his brothers Ross and Ronald, and infant sister Jane.    He is survived by his family noted above in BC who were steadfast in his care during his illness, and by cherished grand daughter Nahlia Meyer of Victoria.  Also, brother Conn (Kerry), sister Dianne, niece Lisa Geddes and family all in Nova Scotia, and nephew David (Delta) Botting and family in Ottawa all who grieve his passing; as do his long-time friends Larry Jefferson and Daniel Rigollet who took him cycling weekly up until late October, and visited him when that was no longer an option.

Laurie studied at College Militaire Royale in Saint-Jean, Quebec and Acadia University, Wolfville, NS in the 1960s.  His career was multifaceted with both private industry and government, and took him from the east to west coasts and into the Arctic in Canada.   In mid-career he founded Geddes and Associates, a human resources and management consulting firm in Victoria, BC and in the early 2000s came east and worked with The Hay Group in Halifax for a period of time.  Laurie was a life-long athlete and excelled early in track and field and soccer.  Throughout his life he was an avid jogger, taking part in a couple of marathons, and was also an enthusiastic tennis player.

Travel and exploring our lovely planet were lifelong passions of both Laurie and Susan.   Their adventures took them to England, Greece, Ireland, Scotland, and many European countries.  In 1999, they made a trip around the world, highlights of which were times spent in Portugal, Nepal, India, New Zealand and Australia. They had numerous trips to Mexico, and in later years especially enjoyed their winters in South America.

Laurie volunteered as a board member at the Hospice in Victoria in the early 1990s, and on returning to Victoria in 2012 he volunteered at the First Open Heart Society.

We thank Dr. L. Dewart, Dr. R. Pai, Dr. Sheikh, and the Palliative Care team in Victoria BC, for their kindness and care these past months.   If desired, in memoriam donations can be made to a charity of choice.

Throughout his life, Laurie touched many lives with his special brand of kindness, generosity, humour, and intelligence.    He was an honourable man who is cherished in our memories and will live forever in our hearts.

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  1. My sincere condolences to Laurie’s family on his passing. He was a valued mentor to me early in my career and I recall our consulting work with fondness and I still apply some of his sage advice to this day. He was gentle and kind and put people at ease so naturally, enabling them to get in touch with their true potential. May your memories bring you comfort now and in time to come. He was such a gift to so many. Mary Bumstead

  2. Christopher Ortner

    Thank you for a beautifully written story of the life of a wonderful man. I worked with Laurie in the late 90’s in Victoria. He was a person that you could depend on for a well organized session, always done with humour and grace. I am sad to hear he is gone.

  3. HI Susan

    I am very sorry for your loss. Laurie was a wonderful man and a great friend. My deepest condolences to you and the rest of the family.

  4. Our sincere condolences to Susan and the entire family from East to West. I spent a lot of time with Laurie from pre school all the way through high school and certainly admire what he accomplished in life. I always looked forward to when we could sit face to face again to reminisce and share our life stories. I am going to miss that opportunity.

  5. Deborah Chrisman

    I am so sorry to hear about Laurie and pray for continued comforting of all the family. I am sure he will be greatly missed. Dianne, I am so glad you had some time to visit him. God be with all the family and give each of you peace.

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