Wednesday, January 30, 2008


A Storyteller's "Final Chapter".........

Manitoba "Aviation Pioneer and Hall of Fame" member Lawrie Gaffray has "passed through" on his "journey beyond". He was a character, and when I think of him, a "smile" creases my lips. He sure had some "great tales", that he would share as we loaded his wild rice into my Otter at Pawn Lake. Lawrie was a "good man", and led an "honourable life". Mission accomplished.




November 15, 1932 - January 26, 2008.

After a courageous battle with cancer, and with his family by his side, we announce the passing of Lawrie, our dearly loved husband, dad, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend on January 26, 2008 at the Health Sciences Centre. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 10 years, Steina; his children, Ron, Jan (Paul) Robert, and Karen; grandchildren, Angie, Ryan and Christopher; Steina's children, Dillon, Signe and Lois Vincent and her eight grandchildren. Lawrie will also be missed by his brothers Don (Rosemary), Art (Andrea) and sister Ruth (George) Litzenberger, nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. Lawrie grew up and attended school in Mud Falls and Great Falls, MB. He joined the RCAF and became a jet fighter pilot. Later, a bush pilot, that led to a passion for growing and harvesting Wild Rice. Lawrie especially enjoyed the time he spent at his cabin on the Winnipeg River and at Pawn Lake. In later years with his wife Steina he enjoyed extensive travel. Lawrie will always be remembered for his vivid storytelling and wealth of knowledge. He was a loyal friend. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2008 at the Pine Falls United Church at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lawrie's name may be made to the charity of your choice.

BARDAL FUNERAL HOME 843 Sherbrook Street, 774-7474



Lawrie's rice-picker at Pawn Lake.............


The "picker" and the "Otter"..........


The "picker", the "Otter", "Lawrie", and his "wild rice"........

Let "the record" state that Lawrie was "Honourably Discharged" from this earth.....

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