Lawrence Reginald MacGillivary

17 avril 194416 février 2021
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Lawrence “Larry” MacGillivary passed away on February 16, 2021, at the age of 76, at Juravinski hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. His battle with cancer and serious medical issues in recent years showed his courage in facing life challenges with a smile. Despite the pain, Lawrence came out a hero and stayed strong until the end.

Born April, 17th 1944, Lawrence was the second youngest born in a big happy family of 10 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. In the late 1960s he moved to Hamilton, Ontario and got a job in Stelco’s Derrick Department as a crane hoisting engineer where he made many lifelong friends and played a lot of Euchre on night shifts. After retirement Lawrence continued to keep up with his friends over coffee at Eastgate Square in a Saturday morning ritual they named, “The Gossip Run.” He was also very present in the lives of his children and grandchildren and never missed an opportunity to spend time with them and help however he could.

Loved ones that cleared the path for Lawrence are his wife Catharine MacGillivary, father Daniel, mother Sarah, brother Donald MacGillivary, brother Angus MacGillivary, brother Raymond, brother Douglas MacGillivary and sister Mary Carrigan. Loved ones that will miss Lawrence until they meet again are his daughter Elaine Lalonde (John), son Marshall MacGillivary (Sue), daughter Erin MacGillivary (Jonathan), grandchildren Ryus, Liam, Connor, Mya, Lauren, Kate and Saylor, brothers John and Rod MacGillivary and sisters Jean Hall and Nan McDonald.

The kind and caring nurses, doctors, support staff and social workers at the Juravinski Hospital also played a very big role in his final months and made Lawrence and his family feel very comfortable during a difficult time. A big thank you too all of them.

Everyone who knew him, knew his unwavering love for his family, friends, and the ‘ponies.’ In his own words, “that’s all she wrote, I’ll see you in the movies.”

In accordance with the regulations of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario due to COVID-19, all events are restricted to a specified number of attendees. Please RSVP in advance by calling 905-547-1121. All visitors are asked to remain in their vehicles until their allotted time. Visitors are also required to wear a face covering and practice social distancing.

Friends and family are invited to the MARKEY-DERMODY FUNERAL HOME, 1774 King Street East (at Kenilworth) on Saturday February 20th from 12:30 pm - 7 pm. Please follow the directions of the funeral home staff upon arrival.

A livestream of the visitation from 12:30 - 3pm will take place by logging on to www.markeydermody.com and clicking on “Join Livestream” under the Service section of the webpage.



Lawrence Reginald MacGillivary


Ronalda Fraser

20 février , 2021

So sorry for your loss.
We will certainly miss seeing Lawrence on the beach and having some great chats . Lawrence always made you feel comfortable and welcome, making you feel that in the moment, you were important to him. I know everyone has many great memories of his generosity and and genuine interest in everyone he met. His many friends and family and Nova Scotia will miss his yearly visits to the old homestead and his zest for life on the beach.
Condolences to Elaine, Marshall, Erin and family.
Ronalda, Gary, Adam, and Sarah

Kenzie MacIsaac

20 février , 2021

Sincere condolences to the family.

Allan & Tracy MacGillivray

20 février , 2021

So Sorry for your Loss.
Always lots of Laughs when Lawrence was around , He was most certainly a Family First kind of guy. He had a way of making all welcome . Lawrence brought us some bicycles home one summer from Hamilton it was the highlight of our summer .
That was typical of Lawrence's heart , always giving.

Elaine , Marshal and Erin, and family , you are in prayers .

Allan & Tracy Mac Gilllivray

Kathleen Carrigan

19 février , 2021

I am so sorry for your loss.

Your Dad was one of my favorite Uncles.
I have many wonderful memories of the summers I spent in Antigonish.
I am forever grateful and thankful for his kindness and generosity. He was a wonderful and unselfish man.
Rest In Peace.

Condolences to Elaine, Marshall, Erin and families.


Josie MacGillivray

19 février , 2021

A nice walk down memory lane, thanks for sharing all the pics. Deepest condolences to Marshall, Erin, Elaine, their families and others closely affected by his loss. You could see his love and devotion to them all. May he rest in peace.

Dana Mac

19 février , 2021

Our hearts are saddened by the loss of a Great Man. A Wonderful Father, Grandfather and Uncle. A smile that would always make your day brighter, jokes and a laugh you can never forget, a heart bigger and kinder than life itself and beautiful memories from such a beautiful soul. Anybody that knew him was truly blessed, you will be greatly missed Uncle Lawrence/ Poopsie, I Love You Sweet Uncle, God Bless
My condolences to his beautiful children and their families.
Love Dana xo

Daniel Wintermans

19 février , 2021

I will always remember Larry as an easy-going man with a sharp sense of humour. I will truly miss sharing a couple drinks with him in the backyard on a balmy evening, hearing wonderful tales of maritime hijinks. Larry always welcomed us and made us feel at home in his cozy house. A real gentleman and a kind soul with a huge heart and insightful observances on the world around us.
Larry was a loving father & grandfather to a family of beautiful people, and I offer my heartfelt condolences to Erin, Marshall, and Elaine, and their children.

Rod MacGillivary

18 février , 2021

This week I lost a brother. It feels like a void in my life.The place to go and have a drink or two and get Larry’s spin on the world.
With his kindness and generosity,I am sure he will have no problem going through the pearly gates.
Condolences to Elaine,Marshall ,Erin and their families.

gordon macisaac

18 février , 2021

I'm very sorry for your loss. I know that he will rest in peace. And I might add: It's an appropriate and lovely Obituary.

Rob Balla Rob Balla

18 février , 2021

Larry we have many good memories with you.. especially the time we were up in Antigonish, heading down to the wharf to pick up some mackerel.. you were a decent loving caring and kind man.. we had many good laughs.. may you be eternally at peace with your soul smiling.. Love The Balla's.. Blair, Henry, Lily, Billy, Robbie, Rob xo