Laurie Cowan

In Memorial

After a short battle with cancer, Laurie passed away peacefully in his 75th year at the McKenney Creek Hospice in Maple Ridge on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010. He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife Margarete and his children David (Brenda), Ian (Patricia) and Norman (Deanna) as well as his grandchildren Megan and Melanie, Caitlin, Benjamin, Gabrielle, Mary-Beth, John, Thomas and James and Victoria and Nicholas. He will also be missed by his brother Teddy (Liz), nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. Laurie was a member of both the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canadian Security Intelligence Service with a career spanning 34 years. Laurie joined the RCMP on June 18th, 1956. He was posted to various detachments within Canada including Toronto, Hamilton, Belleville and HQ Ottawa in 1967 where he transferred to the RCMP Foreign Services. As a member of Foreign Services he was posted to: Sydney, Australia; Nairobi, Kenya; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago as well as relief duties in Hong Kong; Manila, Philippines and London, England. On July 15th, 1984, Laurie joined CSIS and continued his duty as a Foreign Service Officer with his final posting in Stockholm, Sweden until his retirement in August 1989 when he and Margarete retired to Maple Ridge, B.C. Laurie’s passion for golfing was followed closely by his gardening which was apparent to anyone who drove past their home. Cremation has taken place and a family celebration of Laurie’s life will be held at a later date. Donations to The Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated by the family. A special thanks to the staff at the Ridge Meadows Hospital 2 West and the McKenney Creek Hospice for the care given to Laurie.

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  1. Chris MacMartin

    Sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing. I knew him in the latter days of RCMP / early days of CSIS when we both served in Foreign Liaison and I always found him to be a great guy (always willing to help a new kid learn the ropes). My codolences to his family.

  2. Dick & Mary Hawkshaw

    Margarete & family

    We are so very sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Dick & Mary Hawkshaw
    Chilliwack, BC

  3. Dear Marg and family,
    I’m so sorry to learn of Laurie’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this trying time.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Kathy Gorkoff, Coquitlam
    I have such fond memories of you and Laurie from the Nairobi days.

  4. Marg, we are deeply saddened to have recently learned of the passing of Laurie. He was a great friend and I hold many fond memories of our early days. It was an honour and a privilege to be his “best man” at your wedding almost 50 years ago. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

    Doug and Cathy Carr

  5. I love and miss you so much Grandpa. I think about you every day. I am so grateful for the times I got to spend with you and all the memories that were made. “I learned everything in the army.” That phrase will never be forgotten.

    Love, Victoria

  6. Madelaine Bujan

    Dear Marg,
    I just learned about Laurie´s passing in 2010. So sorry
    for you and the family. I remember with pleasure the time you spent in Sweden and later our visit to your beautiful home in Maple Ridge.
    Take care.
    Madelaine and Enrique Bujan

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