Laurence William Gavelin

July 16, 1933May 4, 2019

Laurence passed away suddenly May 4th at the Golf Course. He was doing something that gave him joy and he did not suffer.

He was born July 16, 1933 in Esterhazy, Sk. He moved to Port Alberni in 1954 and worked as an electrician at the Pulp Mill until his retirement in 1996.

Laurence was the consummate volunteer, at the Rollin Art Centre, the Alberni Valley Curling Club and others unknown of.

He was a friend to all and a mentor to many. He was honest and honourable in every facet of his life and will be sorely missed.

He leaves to mourn his extended family in SK, AB, and BC as well as countless friends. There will be no service at his request.

Donations in Laurence’s memory to the Rollin Art Centre Community Gardens would be greatly appreciated. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Alberni Valley Curling Club at a later date.


  • Rollin Art Centre Community Gardens


  • Celebration of Life will be held at a later date


Laurence William Gavelin

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Steve & Frances Eng

May 8, 2019

It has been an honour to have shared time with Larry over the last 19 years of curling both on and off the ice. He was such a kind and gentle man and we will always cherish the memories and friendship. We will miss him deeply.

Sharon Irvine (Derksen)

May 8, 2019

Uncle Laurence was an amazing man who taught me so much. There are not many people that have the integrity and honesty that he had. He was always willing to help where needed and sure wasn’t looking for the attention of a job well done. I’m blessed that I had moved closer and had the privilege to spend so much time with him, these past few years. He became so much more than an uncle because he was a best friend, a mentor, travelling buddy and an inspiration to me.
My heart is broken that he is gone but the memories will live in my heart forever. Uncle Laurence was well loved.