It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of husband, father, and “gramps”, Paul Hastings Laurence of Lower Sackville, NS on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. He had been diagnosed in October of 2021 with an aggressive form of cancer.
Paul was the eldest son of Walter “Stewart” Laurence and Joan (MacLean) of Windsor, NS. He spent his youth enjoying football, baseball, skiing, golfing and in high school becoming a recognized Badminton player. Summers in the later part of his school years were spent in Margaree Harbour, his home away from home, working at his grandfather’s store and running deliveries throughout the community. He loved to explore rural areas, most Saturdays and Sundays would see him travel back roads in Hants County and beyond.
While attending Acadia university, Paul spent weekends and summers working with his father as a surveying assistant for the department of highways. Highway 101 was one of the many sections that they worked on together. At Acadia, he met Linda (Mair) with whom he quickly fell in love. They married and settled down in Kentville and then New Minas. They have two children, Lucinda and James, both of whom he was extremely proud of.
Paul was a veteran of Kentville Volunteer Fire Department and loved being a firefighter. His fellow firefighters and driving the ladder truck were his most fond memories of his time there. He spent 15 years with the department and after retiring from the service continued to visit, play cards with his friends and attended events when possible. He dedicated almost every Saturday evening to calling Bingo at the firehall. He also loved to golf in the annual Waterville Fire Hall Golf Tournaments.
Paul developed a love of camping during his youth thanks to the many family adventures in their 5th wheeler. They traveled coast to coast in their camper and throughout the northern US. Since buying a camper of his own, he could be found camping almost every weekend sitting in his favorite camping chair, a drink by his side, a book in his hands and music playing in the background. He truly loved it especially when he had the chance to “dry camp” and disconnect at his favorite spots including Dollar Lake, Graves Island, and Smileys. No matter where they camped or when, rain always seemed to find Paul and Linda.
Paul will be remembered by family and friends for his quick wit, his love of NASCAR, golfing (especially in the annual CGI Tournaments), his endless collection of hats (especially his Christmas ones), playing cards, his love of Classic movies, being unbeatable at Trivial Pursuit, his dedication to family, and his willingness to help no matter how big the ask.
Paul is survived by his loving wife of 42 years Linda, daughter Lucinda (and husband Michael Joudrey) , son James, granddaughter Alina, many in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews, and aunts and uncles. Paul is predeceased by his father Walter Stewart Laurence, mother Joan MacLean, and sister Patricia Rankin.
Cremation has taken place care of East Coast Memorial, Windsor, NS. There will be no service at this time.
To make a donation in Paul's memory, please see links below to the Kentville Volunteer Fire Dept. and the Discovery Centre, Halifax.
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