LOUIS “LAURIE” LAURENT
Regimental # 19784
S/Sgt. (Ret’d) Louis Laurent Jamont, Reg. # 19784, known to all as Laurie, was born October 6, 1938, in Rosthern, Saskatchewan. He was the second son of Josie and Louis Jamont, and the big brother to four sisters, and a younger brother.
At a young age, Laurie decided he wanted to join the RCMP, and in February 1957, boarded a train from his home in Langley to start an adventure that would last a lifetime. He was posted in multiple places in Saskatchewan, then spent a year on the Musical Ride, representing the RCMP and his country, of which he was so proud. Shortly thereafter, he was posted to the North, spending three years in the Arctic, in Aklavik, Inuvik, and Arctic Red River. After his posting was up, he returned to Saskatchewan, and, on the eve of his brother’s wedding in 1963, happened to meet a beautiful young nurse, who turned out to be the love of his life. Val and Laurie were married in September 1965, and started their adventure together, soon moving to Ottawa, where he became involved in the Ident Section. He stayed with that section through moves to Moncton, Fredericton, Thompson, Brandon, and Prince George. While in Prince George, he left the Ident section to serve as the Division Representative, a job that brought him much satisfaction, as it enabled him to do something that was his true nature – helping others. His last transfer took him Nanaimo, where he retired in 1992 as a Staff Sergeant, after 35 years of service. After retirement, he went to work for the Public Guardian and Trustee, utilizing his policing background in another way. He joined the RCMP Veterans Association, and served in many positions on the executive committee, and took great pleasure in being involved. He truly was a Mountie for life.
Laurie built model planes, was an avid reader, and a lover of history and all things Canadian. He was a storyteller, a quick wit, a gardener, a whistler, a carpenter, a blood donor, and in recent years, a stem cell courier for the bone marrow transplant program. He was a wonderful husband to Val, a loving and devoted father to Ilene and Don, and recently became a completely besotted grandfather to Jack. He celebrated 50 years of marriage earlier this year, surrounded by family and many, many friends. He was so proud of his children, and loved their spouses as if they were his own kids.
Laurie was many things to many people, but above all he always did what was right, and he was first to step forward when someone needed a hand. He will be sorely missed.
In the wee hours of October 13, 2015, Laurie lost his battle with leukemia. With Val by his side, he slipped away peacefully, having fought the good fight. He is survived by his loving wife Val, his daughter Ilene (Francois Veillette), his son Don (Laura), and his grandson, Jack, along with his sisters Agnes, Margaret, and Yvonne, and his brother Norman, his sister-in-law Bev, brother-in-law Don, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Louis and Josie, his brother Ken, and his sister Irma.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. October 22, 2015, at Telford’s Funeral Home, 595 Townsite Road, Nanaimo. Interment to follow at RCMP’s Depot Division.
Special thanks to Dr. Denegri, and the NRGH nurses who worked so closely with Laurie, and the many close friends who came to visit in the hospital. Your time with him meant so much.
Donations in Laurie’s memory may be made to the Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC, c/o VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation, Suite 190, 855 W 12th Ave, Vancouver V5Z 1M9.
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To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.