Lawrence Andrew O’Hara “Howdy” passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Aug. 16, 2018 at Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital in his hometown of Castor, Ab. after a courageous battle with cancer.
Lawrence is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Bonnie O’Hara (nee Willis), his sons Darcy (Corry-Lyn) O’Hara and grandsons Cole and Eric, Ryan (Michelle) O’Hara and grandchildren Braden, Brittney, Madison, Riley and Levi.
He is also survived by his sister Eileen (Bob) Frank, brother Francis (Karen) O’Hara, sister Fay (Ken) Stuber, sister Mary (Rob) Lane, sister Martha (Dan) Twa, sister Betty Head and numerous nieces, nephews, other family and many special friends.
Lawrence was born in Castor, Ab. on Feb. 22, 1945, to Leo and Lucille O’Hara.
He attended Theresetta School and after graduating he went on to earn his Journeyman Electrician Certificate and worked the majority of his career at Amoco Canada in Crossfield, Ab. where he raised his family.
He was very active in Crossfield as a volunteer, serving on the Minor Hockey Association, Rodeo committee and coached both hockey and baseball.
In 2000, he and Bonnie moved back to Castor after taking early retirement from Amoco and found employment at the Paintearth Gas Co-op where he enjoyed several years working alongside his “adopted” boys.
He spent his off time keeping up their acreage north of town and wintering in Arizona where they enjoyed many years of entertaining friends and family.
Lawrence had a strong love for his family and John Wayne. He was truly the happiest when spending time with his boys and grandchildren and spent his final days surrounded by all of them.
A Celebration of Life was held on Aug. 21, 2018, at 1 pm at the Castor Community Hall with Father Mirek officiating.
Donations in Lawrence’s memory may be made to Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital Foundation. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.parkviewfuneralchapels.com
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne
Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements, 403-882-3141.