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Thompson Funeral Home

530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora, ON

AVIS DE DÉCÈS

Hugh (Hughie) Laird

19 mars , 194910 juin , 2019
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Born in Greenock, Scotland and allowing the name Hughie which softened his size, our dad, husband, brother, uncle and best friend has met pain-free everlasting peace. Hughie had love, respect and fun in his life. He was over-the-moon loving and proud of his son Ryan and in love with Susan. He treasured Jaclyn and her husband Justin – witnessing their deep love brought him joy. Hughie’s brothers Ian, David (deceased), Robert and Brian knew of Hughie’s strong sense of family responsibility molded from the loss of their parents, Elizabeth and Hugh Sr., when the family was very young. Family was everything and came first. Hughie was a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, following a family tradition started in Scotland. He was a founding member of the De Novo Treatment Centre supported by his union and worked with his buddy Joe Maloney on Helmets to Hardhats. Hughie loved his work at ISCA – Interior Systems Contractors Association- and was so grateful for their support during his illness. ISCA was wonderful to Hughie – he loved the tiramisu ISCA friends made for him – Hughie adopted Italian food believing it tastier than anything Scottish. He worked hard and had and untold laughs with his co-workers and business associates. Hilarious stories will be re-told in his memory. Hughie had a great sense of humour – but he never told a joke -- that we can think of. He was a man of few words and loved strategizing. He played football with the Seneca Braves and was really happy that Seneca’s 1972 championship team was reunited and finally got their rings. Friends there helped him during his illness. He wore the championship ring to hospital every trip to remind him that he was strong. Until he became ill Hughie worked out every day for almost two hours – he loved sports - starting ice hockey when Ryan was born so he could keep up with him. From hockey Hughie earned the nickname “Bobby Sore” because the ice and tensor bandages came out after every game. He was a powerful golfer. Hughie was proud to have received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his charity work. We are so grateful to Hughie’s doctors and the entire medical team at Princess Margaret Hospital. We all felt cared for there and Hughie knew everyone was on his side. We will pray for everyone who goes through their doors that they have all the strength they ever need. We feel blessed that we had access to such an incredible hospital. In Hughie’s memory please consider a donation to the Good Shepherd Ministries, Princess Margaret Hospital or De Novo Treatment Centre. Hughie’s family will welcome all at his visitation at the Thompson Funeral Home 530 Industrial Parkway South on Thursday June 13 from 6pm to 9pm. His funeral service will be Friday June 14 at 11 am at Thompson’s. Online condolences and information can be found at www.thompsonfh-aurora.com

Services

  • Visitation jeudi, 13 juin , 2019
  • Funeral Service vendredi, 14 juin , 2019

Souvenirs

Hugh (Hughie) Laird

Catherine Bird

14 juin , 2019

At Jaclyn and Justin’s wedding, Hughie was sitting on the veranda in a big comfy chair. I wandered over to chat with him. We were talking for a bit and I shared that I retired in December. His response was “Why would you do a thing like that”. Well he made me smile as it really stumped me! I didn’t know much about Hughie’s upbringing and achievements in life however, upon hearing Robert talk about Hughie today I can well understand his response now. RIP Hughie.

Sean O'Ryan

14 juin , 2019

Dear Susan, Ryan, family and friends, I was saddened to hear of Hugh's passing. It is especially difficult for you with Hugh leaving so close to the passing of Jack. It is said that "when someone we love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure". My memory of Hugh include the work we did establishing the De Novo treatment program all those years ago . His dedicated work to getting it up and running greatly contributesd to establishing a rehabilitation assistance program that has greatly benefited many in the construction industry. Hughie's being here made a big difference in the lives of many.

Susan and family, please accept my sincere condolences for your great loss.

Sean O'Ryan.

Patti Croft

14 juin , 2019

I cannot find the right words to express my deepest sympathy for Susan and her family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kind regards
Patti Croft

MARK KATZ

14 juin , 2019

My condolences to Susan and the family. May his memory be eternal.

Grant Jacobs

13 juin , 2019

Dear Susan and Family

Our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Hughie and so quickly after the passing of your father. Please know that Janice and I are praying for you during this time of sorrow.

Grant and Janice Jacobs

JOHN WATT

13 juin , 2019

Reading the TO Star at a Starbucks, when i turned the page to-day reading the passing of Hughs (Hughie) Laird, i was taken aback, asking myself is this the same Hugh Laird i knew back in Toronto Beach area in the late 1960s early 1970s. Yes it was....After a few minutes of grief my mood and facial expression changed to a quiet smile while visualizing in the back pages of my mind all the fun memories of that magical crazy era i shared with hughie. That comforted me. Since our paths moved in a different geograhical direction we lost touch, not seen or talked to him in over 4- 5 decades. Special people we do not forget Hugh Hughie Laird in one of those people. I cannot imagine people much closer to him are feeling ....Thanks Hughie for being a part of my journey in this life even as short of that was the fond memories has lasted a lifetime..
John Watt

ISCEBS Toronto Chapter

13 juin , 2019

Dear Susan & Extended Family,

The ISCEBS Toronto Chapter (of which you presided over in 1997) along with the benefits industry are truly sorry to hear of the loss of your father and husband. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies as you remember Hughie and Jack, both of whom, have left an indelible mark in their respective careers and lives.

Words fall short of expressing our sorrow.

- ISCEBS Toronto Chapter



Sonia Cool

13 juin , 2019

Our hearts are broken at the loss of our leader, Hugh.
He was and never will be forgotten for his kindness and honesty were undeniable. His funny sarcastic humour will always be a constant in our minds. He was loved and will always hold a special place in our hearts and here at ISCA and IFSTC.

We will miss him so very much!

Rest in Peace Mr. Laird.



Janet King

13 juin , 2019

To Hugh's dear loved ones, my deep condolences for the loss of this lovely man, husband, father, friend, mentor and more. His ever powerful presence, wisdom and positive influence will live on.
Blessings

Dianne Shaw

13 juin , 2019

Condolences from The Shaw Family.
No words can take your sorrow away but know that we are thinking of your family today and in the days to come. When something like this happens in a family we learn to live our lives differently but know that Hughie is always with you.

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