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Oshawa Funeral Home

847 King Street West, Oshawa, ON

OBITUARY

Lawrence William Knowlton

January 27, 1922December 12, 2017
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KNOWLTON, Lawrence William Passed peacefully on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 in his 96th year with family at his side. Lawrence was born on January 27, 1922 in Horning’s Mills and moved to Oshawa when he was 4. He is survived by his loving wife of 73 years Jenny (Jane Petrie) and children Dave (Sandi), Joyce (Chris Daffern) and Jean (Howard Berg). He is also survived by his sister Rose, sister-in-law Betty Ross, and several nieces and nephews. Lawrence was predeceased by his beloved Aunt Alice, father William Appleton Knowlton, mother Margaret (Lawrence) Knowlton, stepmother Dorothea (Dolly Morton) Knowlton, sisters Grace Taylor and Dorothy Aeschlimann, and brother Billy. Lawrence was a veteran of World War II, having voluntarily enlisted and served in England and Europe with the D platoon of the 86th Bridge Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corp. He was a railroader with the Oshawa Railway and later the Canadian National Railway for over 43 years, working alongside his good friends Peter Sobil and Gus Plancke. Lawrence was at his happiest at his cottage on Redstone Lake, Haliburton, fishing, building anything with a hammer and saw, rearranging boulders into stairways, and “telling lies” with his dear cottage friends in the evenings. He was an honest, quiet man, a lover of opera, classical music and bad jokes, amazing at crosswords and cribbage, and set an example for many. The family would like to thank all the doctors that have contributed to Dad's care over the past few years and the staff of Hillsdale Estates for their care over the past few months. Visitation will be held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Saturday, December 16th from 1:30 until time of Funeral Service in the chapel at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Prostate Cancer Canada or Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, would be appreciated by the family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, December 16, 2017

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, December 16, 2017

Memories

Lawrence William Knowlton

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January 12, 2018

Heartfelt condolences are extended to your family at this difficult time. Seek the love and support God provides to help you cope during this time - Psalms 29:11

susan wald

January 2, 2018

I am a child of Holocaust survivors and I would like to express my gratefulness to Mr. Knowlton. Without brave souls like him my parents would have been murdered and they would never have known this beautiful country of ours. Thank you for your service. You will never been forgotten by this grateful Canadian

December 31, 2017

Heartfelt condolences are extended to your family at this difficult time. Seek the love and support God provides to help you cope during this time - Psalms 29:11

December 27, 2017

Jean, I was so saddened to find out about your father's passing and want to offer my deepest sympathy to you and your family.While reading his obituary and looking at the photos on his memorial page I could definitely get a good idea of who he was and what he stood for. My kind of man for sure. I'm sure he will be missed greatly but never forgotten.
Take
care, Marc Op de BeeckVorselaar - Belgium

Mike Plancke

December 27, 2017

Jean so sorry to hear the news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Lawrence was a great guy and we have loads of fond memories. God bless

Derek Clayton

December 27, 2017

I am so sorry to hear this. Thank you for sharing the stories of this incredible man, husband and father.

Janice Bierness

December 27, 2017

So sorry for your loss. Your posts about your dad were so wonderful, you have some amazing memories to cherish.

Janina Telesnicki

December 27, 2017

So sad did not have much contact with him in his later years but I know he was one of the reliable dads on the street looking out for the kids when I was young and that is the memory of trust I have of him.

Sue Woytowich

December 27, 2017

Sorry to hear about your dad. I know how much he meant.

Gillian Reynolds

December 27, 2017

So sorry for your loss, our love and thoughts are with you all. ❤

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