Laurence Chandler, resident of Grande Prairie, AB, passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at the age of 89 years.
Laurence was born in Britain in 1932. An only child, he spent his early years in India with his parents, and the rest of his life growing years in England.
After obtaining a BA in English, he taught English in Norway, mainly in Oslo. It was here he met his wife Jeannette. While in Oslo, Laurence trained as a Registered Nurse. The family went to Zambia, Africa for 4 years where Laurence taught English to African students.
He also taught in Northern Scotland for 5 years before the family immigrated to Canada in January of 1975, settling in Spirit River, AB. They then moved to Grande Prairie in 1986. Laurence worked as a Registered Nurse in Fairview, AB, until he retired.
Laurence was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing, hiking, and bird watching; anything outside. He especially liked being out on his own in the bush. His yard was full of fruit trees and flowers; his perennial were a source of pride and enjoyment for him.
He was a well-known sight riding his bike around Grande Prairie, summer and winter. In retirement, he travelled back to the UK several times to bike around Scotland and visit family. Laurence loved to tease and verbally spar with young and old alike. He liked to have the last word.
Laurence will be sadly missed by his wife Jeannette; son William (Gemma); daughter Kari; grandchildren: Jessica, Amanda, Brendan, Brandice, Jennifer, and Nora; as well as 2 great-granddaughters.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 29, 2022, at 10:00am, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grande Prairie (10404 102 St.).
Memorial Donations may be made to Parkinson Association of Alberta – Edmonton (12209 86 St. NW, Edmonton, AB, T5B 3H7).