Lawrence Pokrant

Larry Pokrant

Wednesday October 16, 1935 - Monday December 30, 2019
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On December 30, 2019, after an adventurous, love-filled life, Lawrence (Larry) Pokrant, aged 84, passed away at the Grace Hospital with his family by his side.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years Gladys (Lake), daughter Janice (Andrew), sons Randy (Linda), Rick (Jodi), brother Elmer (Verna), and sister-in-law Irene, his grandchildren Aliya, Ashton, Justin, Braiden, Daria, Emily, Hannah and great grandchild Athena, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Frederick and mother Helena Pokrant, sister Vi (Henry), sister Ruth (Don) and brother Ed.

Dad was born October 16, 1935 in Rosenfeld, Manitoba. In his early years he grew up on the family farm. At the age of 13, the family relocated to Winnipeg where he attended Earl Grey and then Kelvin High School and where he helped out at the family grocery store. After school he first worked at the TD Bank, then TransCanada Air and in the spring of 1961 and with an adventurous spirit, he made a decision that would shape his life forever.

Dad took a position with the Department of Transport that took him to places like Port Harrison and Resolute Bay in Northern Canada. It was here he met the love of his life and best friend Gladys Lake, a young nurse from Wolfville, NS. The two of them were married in 1964 and their family began. After returning to Winnipeg, Dad worked for a number of companies and eventually started his own business called Larry’s Auto Sound Service. Towards the end of his career, Dad worked at Cottonwood Golf Course, which was a perfect fit for him and his love of golf!

Dad’s faith was built in his early years and something that was dear to him for the rest of his life. Sherwood Park Church became the family church and Dad spent years teaching Sunday school, elected to the church council, singing in the choir and was always dedicated to helping others, even delivering used clothing and food to the Trinity Food Bank till a couple of months ago.

Dad had many interests including attending all of his children’s and then grandchildren’s school events and activities. He also loved all sports and rarely missed any of the kid’s games. He loved golf and played most weeks for the past 50 years and enjoyed curling in the winter. Dad and Mom also travelled extensively seeing every province in Canada and all US states, including a few trips overseas.

But without a doubt, the most important thing in Dad’s life was his family. We will miss his stories, advice and unconditional love and will cherish the memories of him in our hearts forever.

A funeral service and luncheon celebrating Lawrence’s life will be held at Sherwood Park Church, 7 Tudor Crescent in Winnipeg on Wednesday January 8, 2020 at 10:00 am, with viewing at 9:30.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sherwood Park Church Memorial Fund or Canadian Lutheran World Relief, 177 Lombard Ave #600, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5.
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  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday January 8, 2020 | 10:00am
    Wednesday January 8, 2020 10:00am
    Sherwood Park Lutheran Church
    7 Tudor Crescent
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
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    Reverend Erik Parker
  • Interment

    Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens
    4000 Portage Avenue
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
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    Interment will follow the reception.


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Susan Eklund

Posted at 11:39am
Dear Janice Randy and Rick and families,

Sending prayers to all of you at this time. Glad that Bruce is able to make it out, as I am sure he has said how much Larry and
Gladys meant to us both. They always made time to see us and tell us of their adventures took the time to see how we were doing. One of my fondest and funniest memories of Larry and Gladys was when they came to Bermuda with Ruth and Don to visit and see our newest addition to the family , that being Britta. I expected Bruce to pick them up at the airport and for a taxi to be following with the luggage!! Somehow they all managed to get it the little 3 cylinder Suzuki car we had, bags on their laps and James on Dons lap and Bruce driving. I still think that this is impossible but somehow they did it. The trunk on that car was about 8 inches deep. It was such a fun visit touring them around the island by bus and ferry! They always had such a positive look on life, loved our visits with them. Love Susan and Bruce

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