Northborough/Windsor, Nova Scotia – It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Lawrence “Laurie” Hazel Dec. 10, 2018 in Hants Community Hospital, Windsor, Nova Scotia, with family by his side.
Born on the Station Road in Scotch Village, Nova Scotia, he was a son of the late Harold and Sophia (Ross) Hazel.
Laurie was quick to share fond memories of growing up in Scotch Village, playing hockey, going to card parties and local dances and adventures with cousins and friends. He married his wife of 55 years, the late Laura (Fowler), in 1952.
He worked for 15 years at Hants Co-Op in Brooklyn/Windsor. In 1965 they moved their family to Massachusetts. They settled in Northborough where they lived until 1982, when they moved back to Windsor.
He was employed at Coan Oil, Natick, until his retirement. After enjoying a couple trips to sunny Florida, they purchased a home there, where they enjoyed many winters. Laurie loved sun and warm weather and was able to do this right up to last year with the help of family and great friends.
He was an avid sports fan and loved gardening. He had a brilliant sense of humor, a trait he passed to his children and grandchildren. He will always be remembered with a smile.
Surviving are son Greg Hazel, his wife, Elaine (Parks), Clearwater, Fla., and their children, Michele, Eric, and Jamie (Jose Cortes), Jason, Nicholas and Eric Parks; daughter Andrea, her husband, Eric Sanders, Shrewsbury, and their children, Erica (Andrew Callahan), and Ross; daughter Dorothy of Bradenton, Fla., and her daughter, Gwendolyn; great-grandchildren, Michael and Jason; brother, Clarie Hazel, Scotch Village; sister, Janet (Lawrence) Boyd, Windsor; sisters-in-law, Fran Fowler, Dartmouth; Dorene (Fowler), Ottawa; and many truly loved nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife, who passed away in 2007, and his parents, he was also predeceased by an infant brother, Harold Ross; sister and brother-in-law Shirley and Bob Hunter; sister-in-law Donna (Rainforth) Hazel; in-laws Grant and Ethel Fowler; and brothers-in-law Bud Fowler and Roland Arbour.
Greg, Andrea and Dorothy and their families wish to thank all his family and friends for all of their kindnesses, not only after the past several weeks, but over the past few years. Laurie expressed many times how grateful and truly blessed he was.
Arrangements were entrusted to DeMont Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 419 Albert St., Windsor, where a memorial service was held Dec. 15, with Rev. Garnet Parker officiating. A reception followed in the funeral home’s Elmcroft Reception Centre and then a private family interment at Maplewood Cemetery, Windsor.
Laurie requested there be no flowers; however, donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of NS, 112-2719 Gladstone St., Halifax, NS B3K 4W6; the Heart and Stroke Foundation of NS, 5657 Spring Garden Rd., Box 245, Halifax, NS B3J 3R4; or a charity of one’s choice.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting www.demontfamilyfuneralhome.ca.