Lawrence “Lawrie” Alexander Smith

October 18, 1947 – January 1, 2017

A proud, born and raised Victorian, Lawrie passed away at home after a brave battle with ALS.

Predeceased by his parents, Gordie and Irene; and brother, Don; he is lovingly remembered by wife, Jacki; son, Wayne Lilleston (Valerie); grandchildren, Cody, Cole, Treyton, Spencer, Bree-Anne; and great grandson, Zaryean.  Also, his Brothers, Ray (Sue), Dale (Wendy), Glyn (Cindy), Bruce (Myra); and sister, Penny Bridges (George).   Jacki’s family, Mother Joyce; brothers, Brian (Sue) and Bill; and sister, Mel (Troy); numerous nieces and nephews; his forever friends, Gord and Val Galey and many friends of the Village.

A Celebration of Lawrie’s life will be held at the Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave W, Sidney on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

To continue Lawrie’s passion, donations to CFAX Santas Anonymous would be his wish.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Dear Jacki, Sincere condolences to you and your family. From the early days of knowing Lawrie at Memorial Arena until I re-connected with him (and you) at Santa’s Annonymous, Lawrie comes to my mind as someone who was always kind, helpful and friendly. May he RIP and may you be surrounded by the love of your many friends and family.

  2. Dear Jacki. Wayne and I are so aorry to hear of Lawries passing. He was one of the nicest fellows I have ever met, and it seems he leaves the community richer than it was without him. The dedication he has shown over the years has built him a huge number of friends, and great respect. Victoria area will miss him very much!
    All the best to you and Wayne and Lawries family.
    Sincerely, Sharon and Wayne Hannan

  3. Dear Jackie. The Eagle Ridge Predators Hockey Club was sadden to hear the passing of Lawrie. His dedication to our organization was one that we will truly miss. Lawrie leave with us all and everyone that he came in contact with that we all can make this world a better place to live.
    Ed Robinson

  4. Tom and Lydia Cook

    Our deepest condolences to Jacki and the family. I consider myself to be blessed that I was able to play hockey with Lawrie and work with him at Santa’s Anonymous. His compassion, generosity and leadership will not soon be forgotten, He was a very good man. He will be missed.

  5. Deep regrets, and sincere condolences to the Lawrie Smith family. Lawrie will be missed.

  6. Such a loss to not only the Smith family but to our community. Lawrie was such a kind, gentle and generous man and it was a pleasure and honour to have known him. His incredible contributions of his, and Jacki’s, time to Santas Anonymous will be incredibly missed. I unfortuneately will be out of town on the 15th and unable to attend the Celebration of his life but will certainly be there in spirit. RIP Lawrie and God bless and give comfort to your family

  7. Jim and Sandie Cutler

    So sorry to hear of Lawrie’s passing. Enjoyed being in his company. He will be missed by all that knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time.

  8. God Bless You. Love from Aunt Bet.

  9. James Ellsworth

    I enjoyed playing hockey with Lawrie and appreciated it when he asked me to participate in a Pacemakers tournament. Once I was able to chat with him at length when he was cutting lawns in our neighbourhood. He gave a lot as I’m sure you know. I dedicated my hockey game today, even though checking Ray, to Lawrie. My thoughts are with you.

  10. Dear Family and Friends of Lawrie,i,m very sorry for your loss,,He was a very important role model for me as a kid,,,always had time for me,,,been a lot of years,,but some people you never forget,,nor never will,,,thanks Lawrie…

  11. The Adams family

    Dear Jackie
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will miss seeing Lawrie at the lake, entertaining his many friends May all your wonderful memories bring comfort to you, Wayne and the family. We will not be in town on the 15th but will all be thing of you.

  12. Jamie McCormick

    So sorry to hear about Lawrie. He was such a class act on the ice when us Buckmasters played the Ol’ Pluckers. He was always so friendly and good to chat with at the hockey and lacrosse games. My condolences to Lawrie’s family.

  13. James Ellsworth

    To Jacki and family,
    To Ray, Glyn, and Dale,
    I knew Lawrie through hockey. He was always complimentary and inclusive for which I was grateful. It is never easy to lose someone you love. My thoughts are with you.

  14. Mimby & Anne Sangha

    Dear Jacki, Wayne & Family,
    We are sorry to learn of Lawrie’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences and thoughts are with you.

    Mimby & Anne

  15. Sharon, Darryl & Douglas Radbourne

    Jacki and the Smith Family

    Sorry to hear about Lawrie’s passing. Our thoughts are prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. We knew him through the old days at the Memorial Arena and with the Ol’ Pluckers. He will be greatly missed.

  16. Marilyn and David Hawksworth

    Jackie and Family
    We are saddened to hear about Lawrie having ALS and of his passing. It’s such a loss to your family. We have fond memories of him with the Ol’ Pluckers Hockey team and of the many social events with you all. We are thinking of you during this very sad time. Our deepest condolences.

  17. Jackie and Family
    All the best to you and your family during this difficult time. Lawrie left us far too early but rest easier knowing he had an influence on people from Coast to Coast. My deepest condolences.

  18. Mrs. Judy Bingham (Robbins)

    Dear Jacki and family. Sending our sincere condolences. Cherish your memories. Hawaii 93 was one small one. George and Judy Bingham.

  19. Darlene and Bob Cookson

    I am so sadden to hear about Lawrie’s passing, he was such a wonderful and carrying man. My deepest condolences for your loss. He will be greatly missed.

  20. Lynn and Larry Henderson

    Dear Jacki, although we did not know Lawrie well and only spent a few days on a cruise together with family and friends, Larry and I found Lawrie to be a very special person. He always had a smile, and a quiet persona about him. We thought him to be a very kind and heartfelt person with all he and you did with the Santa’s Anonymous as we followed all the postings and pictures on Facebook. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time. Remembering all the joy and good times you spent together will bring you solace in time. Rest In Peace Lawrie, Hugs to you Jacki

  21. My deepest condolences and sincerest regrets Jacki. I am so sorry for your loss. As my first Manager at CFB Esquimalt I couldn’t have felt more supported. God bless you and your family at this most difficult time.

  22. John and Lisa Sherrah

    Dear Jackie and family
    Lawrie will be remembered as the fellow who was quick to offer support to anyone in need. He worked with Jacki to make sure 1400 families had a good Christmas. Lawrie and Jacki were able to get many volunteers to help Santa’s by organizing the food bags and gifts for these needy families. This is a monumental task. He worked with Jacki to make Santa’s Christmas a success.

    Lawrie will mostly be remembered as a guy who loved to play hockey. He organized the guys to play hockey on Wednesdays and he booked the Ol’Pluckers into a number of tournaments. Lawrie also played with the Eagle Ridge Team.

    Jacki spent the last year taking care of everything that Lawrie needed. This was a lot of work added to the full days spent Santa’s workshop.

    We will miss Lawrie and appreciate Jacki for all she has done.

  23. Jeff Schouwstra

    Dearest Jacki & family, Ray (Sue), Dale (Wendy), Glyn (Cindy), Bruce (Myra); and, Penny (George).
    First of all, I want to convey my deepest sympathies to you and your family on the passing Laurie.
    He was a great friend, a fantastic teammate and coach, and an important role model and mentor to all of us young bucks. I will dearly miss my friend.


  24. Karen Anderson (Saanich Dental Group)

    Jacki..I was so sorry to hear of Lawrie’s passing. Know that my thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time. I know you will have many good memories to help sustain you

  25. The Sheppard Family

    Dear Jacki and Family,
    I am very saddened to hear of your loss, and what a great loss it is! We met Lawrie, like many, at CFAX Santa’s Anonymous. He truly was an example of what volunteering, compassion and selflessness are all about. And he had a good sense of humor too! May your family find joy in the memories he leaves behind.

  26. Butch Morey & Connie

    It’s with deep sadness that we’re sending our condolences to Jackie & Smith’s family. I’ve known Lawrie for a very long time; he’s a good man who would put others first before himself. You’ll be my miss my friend.

  27. The so saddened to hear of Lawrie’s passing! He was a great person. Rest in Peace my Friend? My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Family , cherish all the memories.

  28. Sorry to hear of your loss my condolences go out to you and the family.

  29. Dear Jacki & Family,

    We are honored and blessed to have known Lawrie. He was truly a blessing in everyone’s life and will be missed. Our sincerest condolences to all.

  30. Dear Jacki & Family,

    We are honored and blessed to have known Lawrie. He was truly a blessing in everyone’s life and will be missed. He is now at peace. Our sincerest condolences to all.

  31. Sorry to know of Lawrie’s passing. I remember him from days long past at CFB Esquimalt. My thoughts are with you all.
    Jane Kavanaugh (Upton)

  32. I’m so very sorry to hear of Lawrie’s passing. He was such a wonderful man. We worked indirectly at Base Supply. Gone way to soon.

  33. My condolences to Ray, Dale, Glyn and the entire extended Smith family. I first knew Lawrie as a competitive, yet sportmanslike opponent in hockey, then later as a teammate which enabled me to gain a greater appreciation of the deeper character of the man.His quiet leadership and dedication to his family, friends and the community are an inspiration to others. His legacy will surely live on!

    • Dear Jacki,

      My sincere condolences to you and your family for the loss of your dear Lawrie. I will always remember him for his caring leadership at Santa’s Anonymous, especially his friendly and cheerful manner. Lawrie always took time to make everyone feel welcomed at the Workshop. Although he will be greatly missed by the volunteers, I’m sure he will continue to work with us in spirit.

      Bev Hee

  34. Dear Jacki,

    My sincere condolences to you and your family for the loss of your dear Lawrie. I will always remember him for his caring leadership at Santa’s Anonymous, especially his friendly, cheerful manner. Lawrie always took time to make everyone feel welcomed at the Workshop. Although he will be greatly missed by the volunteers, I’m sure he will continue to work with us in spirit.

    Bev Hee

  35. Dear Jackie, Dale, Glyn and Family
    I am so very very sorry to hear of your loss. I came to know Lawrie through hockey, and although he had great passion for the game, it was his true nature that stood out; a kind, caring and compassionate man, humble and honest. He will be greatly missed by all who came to know and love him.
    Elisha’s and my thoughts are with Lawrie and the family.

  36. Jackie and family, so deeply sorry of your loss. Lawrie was special to us all.

  37. Dear Jacki,

    I am very sorry for your loss! I always liked seeing and chatting with Lawrie and appreciated his honest and caring mannerisms. He had that fatherly figure about him.

    His commitment to SA was both beneficial and spoke volumes to his character of caring and giving.

    I am grateful to have known Lawrie. He will not be forgotten and he left a lasting legacy of volunteerism that will be near impossible to match.

    With sincerest sympathy,
    Shannon Bell

  38. Dear Jacki – Lawrie will be sorely missed by all of us at Santas. It was a real privelege to know him and to work with him at the workshop over the years.
    This world is not conclusion
    A sequeal stands byond
    Invisible as music
    As positive as sound

    With sincere sympathy
    Bev Anderson

  39. Kim & Sue Bowles & all the Bowles Family

    Jacki & Family & the Smith Family
    So sorry to hear of Lawrie’s passing. We send our condolences, thoughts and prayers to all of you. Such a fixture with Santa’s Anonymous, the Old Memorial Arena and The Q Center (Bear Mountain) Hockey, lacrosse and many more events. Lawrie will be very much missed.

    With Sincere Sympathy
    Kim & Sue, Marc, Dennise and Betty

  40. Wes and Christine Golden

    Dear Jackie
    As junior logistics officer, I have very fond memories of Lawrie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as we celebrate all that made Lawrie the person that he was. It is our sincere wish that you and your family find a measure of peace and solace in the many wonderful memories that you shared together as a family. For Lawrie, rest in peace my friend.


  42. Jackie and family, so sorry for your loss. Was always a big fan of Lawrie when he coached our ball team. Such a nice guy and so easy to get along with. I remember when he took me for a ride in the red corvette when I was a kid. I thought that was pretty cool !! Our end of ball season party up at shawnigan lake was another great memory or running into him at the arena for hockey or lacrosse games.

    Thoughts are with the family.

  43. Lawrie was one of those people I have met and said to myself , I would like to be like that .
    I am sure he lives on in many.

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