Sauer, Lawrence

SAUER, Lawrence

1941 - 2021

I have been told over the years that there have been many chapters of my life. 

Silently I have agreed.

I have now reached my final chapter yet I would like to reminisce.

I guess you could say I am quite the adventurer and have always loved challenging myself on all levels. 

I went by several monikers, Grumpa, Dad, Lawrence or Larry but I answered to all.

My soulmate Sue Lessard has always called me a romancer dancer (Valentine’s baby) for as far back as I can remember, other names can sometimes get called into her vocabulary yet I shall not list in order to protect the innocent…me!

Rather than focusing on the jobs I have had over my lifetime which are merely tasks, I would prefer to talk about some but certainly not all of the adventures I have had that really speak to who I really am.

The jobs were merely a means to an end, it was the funding requirements for my many exploits and I have had a boatload of adventures.

My first true adventure at 19 yrs old occurred while working in the Arctic on the Dew Line during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the early “60’s. Details of my youthful misadventure there involving overindulgence, jokesters, shaved head, and pride are Sue’s to tell.

In my 30’s I paddled the Moose River from Cochrane to Moosonee with a group of guys not once but twice. I need not remind anyone about the meat stash left hung overnight in a tree away from animals (which I was responsible for) only to remember it still hung there several paddling miles later…I must say I was not the most popular paddler on that trip…luckily this happened on the second trip.

In “79” I organized a 6-week summer camping expedition to Western Canada with 28 Nigerian exchange students and some faculty members from Northern College. What was I thinking?

I guess I wasn’t; however, we did learn a lot and so much so that we did another 6 week trip to the East Coast 2 yrs later.

What a great learning experience for all including the grey egg cartons boiling in a camp pot along with the breakfast eggs. I guess all were to go into the pot…YUCK!

My next great adventure in “94” was a 5 week South Asian Chinese New Year experience.  The motorcycle adventure trying to get it into China was one I will never forget. My videos depict the excitement I experienced but does not bring forward the smells, good and bad. Sue encouraged me to go when invited and I am glad I took this great opportunity with close friends.

I so enjoyed visiting their families and friends throughout Asia who welcomed me as a member of their families. 

In the mid “90’s I traveled to the Rocky Mountains with my new son-in-law Ron when he finally stated “ENOUGH”!

I guess my over-exuberance in regards to the many times doing this western trip was providing information overload to Ron in a confined car ride. Sorry, Ron…

For years I did catering after catering parties but the “coup de grassy” for me was catering the Macassa Mine 50th anniversary celebration and what a celebration that was. With most people in Kirkland Lake involved in some way or another, I bow to all for making this such an unbelievable event not only for Macassa Mine, the workers new and old, my family and friends, my catering staff and of course myself…what a great feat and feast!

There were years of camping trips with Sue across both coasts…it always amazed her how I could start a campfire in the rain or that the sleeping bag that had been saturated by the rain while stored in the Thule was always on her side…she never bought that story!

My many travels included the Arctic, the States, Europe, British Isles, Asia, and from coast to coast in Canada…I have been very fortunate to have had the adventure bug in me…” leave no roads unexplored” I always say.

I will leave my adventures and memories to those who have been along for the ride be it intermittent, short or with lifetime friends. When you think of me I will be wearing my overalls, flannel plaid shirt, cooking in the kitchen with the Toronto Star at hand.

Sue, who I have always loved and protected may our memories live as clearly today as they will tomorrow. Remember I will always be by your side… especially when you are blowing out “THOSE #@$%”  underground garden hose lines.

My daughter Jennifer, I am so proud of you, take good care of yourself, your husband Ron, your children Ben, Alex (Bird), Aimée (Tulip) and your mother Lynne. I love you all.

To my family and friends that I have been part of or made over the years may you remember the part of me that was part of you, I will miss you all.

I am so glad I was part of this adventure and Sue I will see you on our next adventure…

I would like to thank family and friends who over the years have been there to love and support us.

A special thank you to Rae-Ann Bennett our physiotherapist, osteopath for bringing such care, compassion, and hope into our lives.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Dr. Young, Dr. Doelman, Jennifer Ames, Stephanie Hargrave, and some of the nursing staff of the Owen Sound hospital for their care and compassion over the past several weeks… it has truly meant the world to us. 

Celebration of Lawrence’s life will be held in the spring of 2022.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate that you remember Lawrence on your next adventure.

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Lawrence's Family

I will remember Lawrence always, with very fond thoughts. He truly was a character, and a very kind soul. May he Rest In Peace.

Rona Lyons, November 9, 2021

Sue Lessard and Family

Lawrence will be greatly missed. I really enjoyed our visits and dinners together over the years. So many great stories! Lawrence was an amazing Chef among many other talents, and we are very thankful that he shared his homemade Tourtiere with Doug and I. It truly was his labor of love. Sue and family, you are in our thoughts.

Robin and Doug Lougheed , November 9, 2021

Jen, Ron and family

My sympathies on your loss. Jen, your dad sounded like a great guy and he led an amazing life. Hold your memories close and share them often with one another.

Cathie Horne, November 9, 2021


Hello Sue; it’s Gary. As you know I’ve only meet Lawrence once, it was a weekend stay over at your place, I felt Lawrence and I connected immediately talking back and forth over guy stuff interests.
Unfortunately due to the lock down we didn’t meet again.
I will always remember our visit.
Please take care

Gary Baker, November 9, 2021

Jennifer and Family

My sincere condolences to you and your family. I remember Larry from our first meeting when we became next door neighbours back in 1973. Over the decades I seldom ran into him but wondered how he was doing. I was pleased to read the update on Larry's many interesting adventures. May he Rest in Peace in this last journey.

Ines Robazza, November 9, 2021

Sue and family

Sue he had an amazing life and a great soul mate. We have only
known you a short time but it was a good time to meet you.
He will be greatly missed.

Brenda and John, November 10, 2021

Jen and family

My deepest sympathy Jen. Remember your dad very well.
For sure he is on his final journey. May he RIP

Vivien Clarke, November 10, 2021

The Sauer Family

Condolences to you Jen and Family in the loss of your sorry for your loss

Rick & Judy (Cale) Gervais, November 10, 2021


Sue, I have known you for many years and you always referred to Lawrence as your soulmate. This I saw to be true. Lawrence was very welcoming to me at your home, and the man could sure cook up a feast! He had very interesting stories to tell, and you knew there were always more to come. I know you will miss him terribly. You were so lucky to have him for so long.

Linda Young, November 10, 2021

Sauer Family

It is with sadness that my Uncle Lawrence has passed on, but on to a magical adventure he will have. Aside from the adventures stated above, a couple were missed that I was told about. Lawrence also did a couple of trips with his Dad, Edgar, the most important trip was when they both went to the East Coast to find where his grandfather died in
the mining explosion in NS.

I always remembered my Uncle as a fabulous cook, story teller and fun to be around, but I do wish that the siblings didn't have such strained relationships. I haven't seen Jen or Lynne in a long long time and it is unfortunate that the Sauer siblings have never been close.

Lawrence heaves behind 3 siblings, his older brother Alan (Calgary), his sister Marlene (my mother)(Edmonton) and his baby brother Robert (Red Deer). Edgar and Simone Sauer. Nieces: Wendy Sanders (daughter of Marlene), Kelly Benbow & Katlyn Sauer. Nephews: Dave Sanders (son of Marlene), Terry Sauer and Tim Sauer (sons of Alan)

My condolences to the Sauer Family
Wendy Sanders

Wendy Sanders, November 10, 2021

Jen, Ron and Family

So sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad and Grandfather. He was quite an adventurer and seems to have passed the torch to a few of the grandchildren! Find comfort in the stories and experiences you shared with one another.

Brent, Casey and Grace, November 11, 2021

Jen and Lynne

So very sorry to hear of your loss. Many laughs and fun working for Larry, the Macassa Bash was his best.....Weddings, and my personal favorite was the Crystal Beach Burger Barge....What a summer. Hold dear his smile and hugs....xo

Annette Stewart, November 11, 2021

Jen, Ron, and family

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds as though he lived an interesting and adventurous life and lived life to the fullest. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Sheila Mayhew, November 11, 2021

Jen and family

So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I remember seeing him in my much younger days at Northern College and may have even been one of those servers working with him! But that’s a long time ago. Enjoyed reading about his adventures- what a life he has led! Keep those memories alive! Sending you and your family a big hug.

Hélène and Don Studholme , November 11, 2021

Sue, Jen & families

Dear Sue, Jen, Ron, Lynne and families: the news of Larry's passing was very difficult for Peter & I to hear. We both worked with Larry at Northern College for many years, and while he and I sat across the table from one another with sometimes competing interests, we always found a way to make things "work". We had so many good times and so much laughter. Peter too, has many memories - two of them were the trips out west and east with the Nigerian students. We are so very sorry for your loss and we cannot begin to understand the void that he will leave. Hold onto the memories - he really is right there beside you all. RIP Larry. ♥️ Peter MacLean and Cheryl Carbone

Cheryl Carbone, November 12, 2021

Jennifer and family

Sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you all.

Darren Phillips , November 12, 2021

Larry's Family

I have a very fond memory of Larry's kindness many years ago. When I was first married, we attended many college functions (graduations, parties, etc.) Being young and new to this, I was shy and uncomfortable. Larry made an attempt each occasion to joke with me and to put me at ease. I will always remember and appreciate that. He could sense how nervous I was and his kindness really helped. So sorry for your loss. We know he is in a good place now.

Wendy van Vianen, November 13, 2021

Lynne, Jennifer and Family, Sue Lessard, Alan, Marlene, Robert and Families

My heartfelt condolences to all Larry's family. Mr. and Mrs. Sauer lived a few houses up the street from my home in Virginiatown, back in the day. I often heard my sisters mention the "Sawyers" and when I went to work for Lynne back in the early 80s, I realized Larry was the same one I had heard about but with a different pronunciation of the name. He was no "homebody" so the stories go and the corroboration is revealed in his memoires that he lived his life every day and there are no regrets to be had. Good on you Larry!
According to J.R.R. Tolkien: "...the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take."

Ellen Watson, November 15, 2021

Jen, Ron, Lynne and Sue

I was very sorry to hear about your your father’s death Jen. Besides the stories the best thing he ever did was to give you to our world. Remember the good times, Jen. He will always be part of you. Laurie and Richard.

Laurie Bassett , November 16, 2021

Jen and family

I am so sorry to hear of your Dads passing! It sounds like he led an amazing life and loved his family so very much! Thinking of you all and sending hugs!

Kelly Burak, November 17, 2021

Jen & Family

I am so very sorry to hear of your Dads passing Jen; my sincere condolences to you & your family.

Tracy(McKelvey)Shuttleworth, November 18, 2021

Jennifer , and family

So sorry for your loss . Larry will be missed.

Connie Bougie, November 29, 2021

To all of Lawrence’s loved ones

“Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we will laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!”
- Henry Scott Holland

Love always Sue, December 2, 2021

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