Little, Lawrence Garfield “Laurie”

Lawrence Garfield Little was born in Houghton, Sk. on November 25, 1925. In the Spring of 1927 his father, Bert Little sold his interest in the grain business to his brother and moved to Wembly, at that time the end of the steel. In the Fall of 1928 the family moved by sleighs and steam engine to Beaverlodge, Ab.

Laurie attended technical school in Calgary before enlisting with the Canadian Navy during WWII.

Laurie married Joan Oliver and entered the family business, J. B. Oliver Funeral Home. Laurie and Joan took over running the business in October, 1967, when J.B. Oliver passed away.

Laurie was active in local politics, serving a 2 year term on council in 1966 and winning re-election in 1968 for another 2 year term. He did not seek re-election in 1970 and unsuccessfully campaigned in a 1972 byelection. He ran again in 1974 and won a three year term but did not run in 1977’s civic campaign.

Laurie was an avid amateur radio operator and reveled in contacting other hams around the world.

Laurie passed away on July 14, 1986 and is interred at the City of Grande Prairie Cemetery.

Sources: Beaverlodge to the Rockies p. 123

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