May 7, 1934 – April 6, 2009
Lawrence Hazen Joseph Gauvin has moved on and is back with the love of his life, Sheila Maria Valencia Gauvin (July 4, 1933 – Dec. 31, 2007). They are once again enjoying each other’s smiles, laughter and company and dancing the nights away, just as they did on their first date.
Larry’s life was rich in family, friends and Habs memorabilia (the Montreal Canadiens have lost one dedicated fan).
He was (according to himself) a direct descendant of the famous Jean Paul Gauvin, who came to Canada from France in 1662. He was born in Mintro, New Brunswick to Elsie and Larry Gauvin, but was raised by his grandparents, with whom he later moved to B.C.
Larry joined the Canadian Air Force early in life, but also spent some time working in high class hotels in Montreal as well as a program boy at the Montreal Forum, where he learned to love those Canadiens.
Although hockey was his passion, Larry met his true love in New Westminster, when she caught his eye at the Army and Navy Club. Larry even asked Sheila’s dad if he could dance with her, and like many, her father couldn’t say no to him.
They were married in 1960 with a ready-made family of three – Sheila’s children Larry, Darlene (Dyck) and Valerie. Together, they produced two more children – Cindy (Clark) and Gordon.
Larry’s career path led him from working as a prison guard to cooking in camps, running his own janitorial business to working at Phipps Manufacturing and acting as the Tax Man for the government.
Larry also volunteered considerable time and energy, along with Sheila, with the Royal Canadian Legion in Chilliwack and Penticton (two of the towns his family called home).
After retiring in the 1980s he and Sheila enjoyed their golden years by travelling with fifth wheel in tow. Arizona was a hot spot where many new friends were made and they also ventured across Canada to reconnect with eastern relatives.
The loving couple finally settled down on a little piece of paradise in Anglemont, B.C., where Larry (with the help of his grandson) built their home with his own hands.
Now Larry is back in paradise with his love and together they can watch over their families. They include his siblings Gordon and Rolla, sister-in-law Sherin, grandchildren Tanya, Jason and Jennifer, great grandchildren Madison, Skila, Johanna and another on the way, and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held in the summer, with details to be announced.
Memorial donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion.