Friday, April 2, 2010

OBITUARY - EX-REGINA PAT - LAURENCE JAMES WAREING


WAREING, Laurence James "Lude" - died peacefully at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre (D.V.A. Wing), on June 28, 2002 at the age of 86. He was predeceased by his parents James Stephens Wareing and Alice Wareing (Hardy) and two sisters, Lorna and Hilda. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Betty, and their four daughters, 13 grandchildren, and one great grandchild: Barbara Wareing of Regina, and her two children, Marnie and Graham; Gayle (Gord) Heenan of Terrace, British Columbia, and their four children, Daphne, (great granddaughter Raychel), Dana, Beckie, Luke, and Clayton; Joanna Wareing of Regina, and her two children, Devin and Peter; Dana (Marty) Popescul of Prince Albert, and their four children, Robbie, Aron, Jane, and Lee. Lude was born on October 19, 1915 in Regina to James, a sign painter, and Alice, a teacher. His skill and passion for hockey lead him to Notre Dame College, where he played for Father Athol Murray. It was Father Murray who gave him the nickname "Lude", which stuck with him for the rest of his life. He played for the Regina Pats during the 1933-1934 season.


He subsequently played professional hockey with the Philadelphia Ramblers, New York Rovers, and the New York Rangers organizations. His hockey career ended in 1941 when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served overseas in World War II. On October 19, 1941, he married Betty Wareing (nee Williams). After the war, they purchased a farm near Tregarva where they farmed and raised their family. Lude, Betty, and their family also had many great times at their cottages at Regina Beach. Lude will be remembered as an exceptional husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a kind and gentle man who enriched the lives of those fortunate enough to know him. The family expresses sincere thanks to the staff at the Veteran's Unit 3-6 for their loving care during his final years. A private funeral service for immediate family was held at an earlier date. Arrangement in care of Speers Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Services.