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James Melrose Laurie 1927-2021

With great sadness we announce the passing of James (Jim), beloved patriarch of the Laurie clan, on September 5, 2021 at the age of 94.

Son of the late Douglas Melrose Laurie and Edna (Cowper) Laurie and treasured brother of Carol Petch, Barbara (Babs) Jaeger and (pre-deceased) Margaret (Peggy) Grant.

He will be dearly missed by his wife of 67 years Carman (Mathews) Laurie and devoted children John (Nancy), Heather (Paul), Jo-Anne (Gerald, recently passed) and David (Louise), grandchildren Morgan, Erin, John, Eric, Juliana Trevor and Sarah as well as great-grandchildren Henry, Arthur, Caffrey, Esme and Jack.

Above all an exceptional gentleman, Jim was much-loved by an amazingly large circle of friends from all walks of life. Known for his unwavering generosity, positive outlook and giant sense of humour, he lived life on his own terms and touched the lives of so many.

A graduate of Quebec High School in 1944 and Mcgill University (Macdonald) in 1948, Jim was an apple grower (Laurie Orchards & Hemmingford Orchards), Teacher (Hemmingford, Huntingdon, Howick & CVR), and Entrepreneur. (Co-founder of Les Celliers St-Bernard, Mckinnon Realties). Along the way he enjoyed the ups and downs of business but it was as a teacher that he made a real difference in the lives of many; his specialty was engaging the “hard cases”, a rebel himself, he was able to connect.

Dad was happiest while working at the family farm in Hemmingford (where he lived his entire life), tinkering in the garage or enjoying the outdoors accompanied by one of many dogs, or when “entertaining” with family and friends and sharing in laughter and good times !

His true calling though was family and as a father and grandfather; he possessed the rare gift of making us strive to do our very best, without ever being overbearing and always with a gentle touch. We are all smiling through our tears in celebrating you and your life. You will be missed.

Special thanks to team J&C for the care at home. As per his wishes, no funeral will be planned. A celebration of life and scattering of ashes in the orchard and burial in Hemmingford Protestant cemetery will be held when all the family can be together, to be announced at a later date

In-lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the Barrie Memorial Hospital Foundation or The Hemmingford Protestant Cemetery.

Serre & Finnegan

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Our condolences

I was very saddened to learn of Jim’s passing last fall. He was a presence in my life in many ways – as one of my patient teachers at CVR, as the beloved Dad and husband in the vibrant ‘Laurie Clan’, as an active member of the Hemmingford community and local apple farmer. – Marita
Through the years, I always enjoyed my apple growing conversations with Jim and he always had good advice on many topics. The one I will always remember is “Charlie, if you have one Yellow Transparent tree in your orchard, it’s one too many!” Jim, may you rest in peace. – Charlie

From Charlie and Marita and the Waddell Family – our sincere condolences to the entire family.

Marita and Charlie Waddell

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To the Laurie family;
My deepest sympathies, Mr. Laurie was my science teacher when I attended Hemmingford High as a troubled youth .
He was very patient and understanding, one of the few teachers I was able to learn from, and I never forgot the feeling
that he instilled in me that I was worthwhile and that if I applied myself I could learn, it is so different today with learning difficulties
being identified early. I believe Mr. Laurie was ahead of his time and I am thankful for that.
Mr. Laurie sure lived a full life as he deserved, I am sure he will be sadly missed.
May he rest in peace, and may God bless his family .

Bob Macfarlane

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Very sorry to hear about Jim, l give my sincere sympathy to Carman and to all the Laurie family.
Some years ago l worked for Carman and Jim. If not on his computer Jim would be found tinkering around on an old tractor or other projects in his garage. He was a well liked man in our community,
he will be missed.


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Our most sincere condoleances to the entire family; Jim was a wise, caring and joyful spirit, he will be dearly missed.

Julie and Paule Bergeron

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So sorry to hear. Our sincere condolences to the whole family.

Gisela And Fred Faller

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Sorry to hear about Jim . My deepest sympathies to Carmen and family. I always enjoyed Jim as one of my teachers In Hemmingford and also enjoyed working with him at several locations in and around Hemmingford. He was a great friend of my older family members.

May peace be with him in heaven !!!!

Barry Orr and Sue

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We send our sympathies to Carmen and the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren on the passing of Jim.

Marlene & Jim Kyle

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Toute notre sympathie
A la famille

Louis carole senecal

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Nos sincères condoléances à la famille Laurent et Francine

Laurent fortin

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Jim was a great guy and will be sadly missed by our community and far beyond. Our deepest sympathies to the entire family.

Steve and Theresa Hebert

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We were sorry to hear, we remember him so well from way back coming to the hardware store, he did touch many lives like ours ❤️
Mark and Lucie Paré xx

Mark and Lucie paré

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Dearest Sympathies to Carmen and the Laurie Clan.
I really enjoyed that Man.
RIP Jim.

Gérald Smith