Laurie was born in the Unity Hospital to Ken and Eileen Brownlee on December 3, 1944.
He spent the first years of his life in the Rosemary District surrounded by a closely knit agricultural community. The country school was the center of social activity. He attended the Unity High School, riding his horse two and a half miles to the highway to catch the school bus.
He had a deep love and appreciation for music. He was thrilled to play the saxophone in the Unity Band and marching in the parade for the Calgary Stampede. At thirteen years of age he played for his first dance . Laurie loved to dance and whistle.
He gained much knowledge and experience working for several farmers in the area, working construction at the Community Center and Hospital, driving fuel truck for Red Britton at the Esso, worked several years as a licensed AI Technician, drove school bus for 13 years and did custom baling and hauling and grain hauling.
Through all of this his deep love was the land- farming - the rural, agricultural way of life.
In 2003 his invention of the “Full Bin Super Sensor “ started to sell. He never looked back. He was still selling from his hospital bed at RUH.
Laurie was a warm, kind, community man with a hearty infectious laugh, a generous heart, a solid handshake, a visitor and very punctual.
On March 18, 1967 Laurie married the love of his life, Gail Lisch. They moved to Balgonie for a few years and then in 1971 they moved back to the Rosemary District and started farming . They continued to live on an acreage there.
With his family by his side, Laurie passed away peacefully in the Royal University Hospital .
He will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his wife Gail of 55 years; children and grandchildren: Trevor (Debbie), Asia, Jessi, Ty (Elaina), Kevin (Jennifer), Sarah, Rachel, Randy (Amy); Jasmine, Dakota, Dominic, Naomi, Benjamin; siblings Shirley (Lloyd) Herzog, Dale(Candi) ; sisters-in-law Terry Lynn Sherwood, Dorothy Mae Brown; numerous relatives and friends.
Laurie was predeceased by his parents, Ken and Eileen; his in-laws John and Vi Lisch; brother-in-law George Sherwood; nephew Calvin Sherwood ; grand niece Aubri Brown.
There will be a celebration of Laurie’s life Thursday, March 24 at 1:00 at St. Peter’s Church in Unity. Everyone is invited to the Internment at Pleasant View Cemetery following the service.
Lunch will be provided in the Church Basement.
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Memorial Donations may be directed to Unity Heritage Museum
Cards can be directed to Gail Brownlee Box 1172 Unity, SK S0K 4L0
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