It is with great sadness that the family announces the death of Lawrence Algar Sadler of Fruitvale, BC on December 24, 2016 at the age of 63.
Laurie was born in Trail, BC; the son of the late Edward and Velma Sadler; the second youngest of five children. He was predeceased by his eldest brother, Barrie Sadler and his oldest sister Marjorie Mason.
He is deeply loved and survived by his sister Joan Plamondon (Allan), his youngest brother Kenny Sadler and is warmly remembered by his brother-in-law Jim Mason. He will be celebrated and remembered with much love and laughter by his nieces and nephews; Edward Sadler (Anna Pelzer), Erika Summers, Krista Mason (Doug McKay), Kari Sampson (Tim), Brad Mason (Heather), Jennifer Shipowich (Kevin Cook) and Tyler Shipowich. He will be fondly thought of by many loving great nieces, great nephews, cousins and countless friends. He held a special place in his heart for Dakota and will be sadly missed by his special little buddy, Jace.
Laurie was a prolific story teller. When he told a story he was very animated with those big brown Garfield eyes and arched brow; you hung on every word. He could paint a picture and his timing was impeccable. He would make you laugh all night and by the end of your visit your face would hurt from laughing so hard. He was sharp witted with a great sense of humour and he didn’t hesitate to hit you with a zinger.
Even if you only met him once, it was like talking to an old friend. Laurie was friendly, generous and kind. The door to his shop was always open and coffee was always on. He always had time for family and friends, whether to answer a simple question or look at your car, he would stop what he was doing to help you out.
Laurie held a few jobs over his life time. Two of which were a grave digger and a bartender. These were the source of many of his stories. The majority of his working years were spent on the hill at Teck in the E&M plant.
He loved to play cards and for years Laurie hosted a weekly poker night. It was open to all as he was happy to take anybody’s money. Your money wasn’t safe when he picked up a pool cue either. Laurie was full of surprises; two that you wouldn’t expect were his eclectic taste in music and that he always had a crossword puzzle on the go. He also loved fishing. It was a passion that he shared with his Uncle Tom, Uncle Mel and his Dad on Kootenay Lake. Another passion was his cars. So much so that he built a shop and after he retired spent his time tinkering on his own projects or helping out those in need with their repairs.
Laurie was a genuine warm-hearted man with a strong shoulder to lean on and was a solid friend to many. It is our hope that the focus not be on Laurie’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave each of us.
At his request, no service will be held. Cremation has taken place. Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with the arrangements. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence by visiting the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca.
As an expression of sympathy, a donation made in Laurie’s memory may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, www.makeawishbc.ca (or a similar children’s charity of your choice).