Lawrence Kathan

Obituary of Lawrence Kathan

Lawrence Everett Kathan of Norquay, Saskatchewan formerly of Ryley, Camrose, Hay Lakes and Gleniffer Lake passed away on December 20, 2021.


He was born To Richard and Thelma Blakley in Ryley, Alberta and raised by Albert and Thelma Kathan.


He was predeceased by his parents Thelma and Albert Kathan, father Richard Blakley and brother Roger Kathan.


He will be missed by his brother Glen Blakley (Lorraine); Diane Goodwin, Sandy Kathan and Mary Suchy; daughter Karen, son Kevin, daughter Cheryl (Todd), daughter Loriann (Corey), stepdaughter Chrys (Kurt); grandchildren Naomi, Leah (Brandon), Tori, Sarah, Aaron, Jonas, Kelsey, Rane, Soren, Timothy and Morgan and great-grandchildren Arora and Haeleah.


Lawrence had three loves in his life. He first married Diane Skoglund on December 15, 1962 and had four children Karen, Kevin, Cheryl and Loriann. Lawrence married Sandy Helmer on April 4, 1981, and in 2017 Lawrence moved to Saskatchewan to be with Mary.


Lawrence worked for the Bethany Group for many years before moving to Hay River where he worked for Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation then at the Government of NWT as a Stocks Coordinator for NWT Liquor Commission. He retired in 2002, and he and Sandy moved to Calgary where he drove school bus and eventually moved to training school bus drivers. He and Sandy then moved to Gleniffer Lake to enjoy retirement and spent their winters in Yuma.


While in Hay River Lawrence umpired ball in the summer and refereed hockey in the winter. He played for several years with the Old Timers. He was referee-in-chief for the NWT for many years. Scheduling and holding clinics for referees; traveling all through the north to hold clinics and oversee tournaments. He was named sportsman of the year while in Hay River.


Lawrence was an accomplished wood carver, it was a real passion for him. He loved his to give his creations to friends and family.


Lawrence struggled over the last years with his health and was very fortunate to have Mary by his side to love and take care of him.


A memorial service will be held at a later date.


In lieu of flowers please give to the Diabetes Canada Association.


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