David "Dave" Douglas Lawrence

01-Oct-1967 - 09-May-2019

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David "Dave" Douglas Lawrence


David “Dave” Douglas Lawrence

It is with heavy hearts and sad souls that we, the family, announce the passing of our dear husband, father, son and brother David “Dave” Douglas Lawrence. We gained our angel on May 9th, 2019, and as a family, we blend together with love and strength.Dave is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Lynn (Thomson) Lawrence; his son, Zackery and daughter,  Zoe. Also survived by his parents, Billy and Yvonne Lawrence, of Sydney, NS. He will be forever missed by his siblings John (Francis) Lawrence, Marie Lawrence, Thomas Lawrence, Michael (Joey) Lawrence, Martha (Lorne) Lawrence, James (Barb) Lawrence, Joseph (Gail) Lawrence, and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, in-laws, friends and co-workers at Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU).  He was previously deceased by his grandparents, John and Martha Young, and William and Grace Lawrence.Dave was employed by the NSGEU as an Employee Relations Officer for nine years. Previously, as a union activist, he organized his workplace, was the president of his union
local, sat on the NSGEU Board of Directors, and he was one of the first facilitators for the NSGEU Bully-Free Workplace program. He worked tirelessly to represent the members he served. His passion for the rights of workers was second to none.
He lived an active lifestyle and in the early mornings he could be found working out at GoodLife and conversing with every passerby (except for Christmas morning, when Lynn insisted that he stay at home).He was a member of John Albro Lodge #122, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.Visitation will be held at the Atlantic Funeral home, 125 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville, NS, from 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday, 15th of May, 2019. Funeral service will be held at St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church, at 11 am, Thursday 16th May, 2019, with Father Gaylen Bank, CC presiding. A private family interment will follow the service. A reception in the church hall will be held following the funeral service.Donations may be made to a charity of your choice in Dave’s name.

                          Our hearts are broken.

Funeral Details

  • Visitation

    Atlantic Funeral Home Sackville Chapel

    Event Times:

    15-May-2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

  • Funeral Service

    St. John Vianney Church

    Event Times:

    16-May-2019 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

  • Reception

    St. John Vianney Church

    Event Times:

    16-May-2019 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

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Posted by Meg Campbell | 23-May-2019

I met Dave through the NSGEU. We were members of a Labour Council and also on the NSGEU Board for several terms before he was hired as an ERO. I was so happy he competed for and earned this position as he was a sincere, dedicated individual and always ready to help. I'm very sorry for the loss of Dave to the Lawrence family, his wife and his children. He was a great guy and will be missed. Meg Campbell

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Posted by Erik Hahn | 21-May-2019

I had the pleasure of knowing Dave at the IWK and keeping in touch with him over his NSGEU years. I had the good fortune of catching up with him at Convention on Thursday morning and he spoke of the accomplishments of his children. He was beaming with pride. I was shocked and saddened to learn of his sudden passing later that day, but I take comfort in knowing that his family has another guardian angel watching over them. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Take care of yourselves and each other.

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