Laurence (Olie) Oscar WESTLIND

Dad passed away peacefully on Sunday February 15th in Kelowna at the age of 90 years.  Dad was predeceased by our mother Bessie (Bailey) Westlind in 1984. He will be lovingly remembered by his, children Maria, Edward, Charles, Lynnea and Roy Westlind, ten grandchildren, two great grandchildren, his sister Margaret Harris, nephew Dennis Harris and his best friend former second wife Alice (Paitient) Westlind.  Dad was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and grew up on a ranch-farm outside of Vauxall Alberta.  Here he started honing his skills with horses and machinery, he also competed in local rodeos, hockey and fast ball.  His mothers love for dancing was definitely passed on to him.  From his fathers and uncles ranches he went on to trade school and became an auto mechanic. In this same period dad married Bessie (Bailey) Westlind.  With Bessie, Maria and Edward he left the cattle ranchers lifestyle behind and via Cranbrook moved to the B.C. coast. Here he became a heavy duty mechanic and operator of heavy equipment .Three more children were born Charles, Lynnea and Roy.  During this roughly 30 year time period Laurence really honed his skills, and as a supervisor and operator worked on the building of highways, boat basins , many bridges, a harbour in East Africa. The list goes on and his skills and love for his work, only continued to grow.  Men who worked with and for Olie always had tremendous respect. (A mans man).  In 1967 Laurence, Bessie, Lynnea and Roy moved to Kelowna and while continuing to work long hours Laurence with massive zeal and competitive spirit got back into rodeo, at which he competed professionally, until he was 82.  After Bessie passed away dad met and married Alice (Paitient) Westlind .They settled on a small acreage in Parksville, B.C. where they built a roping arena and the fun began in earnest. There was dancing, ice skating, hockey, soft ball, rodeos, and winters in Arizona with dad’s horses along.  Laurence’s passions in life were his work, team roping, dancing, great jokes and good friends.  The family wishes to thank all the staff who so lovingly cared for Dad during his stay at The Village at Smith Creek Nursing Home.  A private family gathering took place this past weekend in Kelowna , with a celebration of his life to follow at the coast in April.  Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting, 250-860-7077.

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