Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Toast to Lawrie Seligman.

Lawrie Seligman was with the City of Spruce Grove from 2000-2014, first as Theatre Manager for Horizon Stage, then as Director of Cultural Services. He passed away on August 28, 2017. This is the toast that was given at the gathering we held on September 20 to celebrate Lawrie's life.

"Thanks for coming to celebrate with us, and filling this space with friendship.

Marion, Lawrie's wife, asked me to extend her regrets; she just can't be here yet. It's too hard. She wanted me to express her gratitude for everyone who has helped put this gathering together, and for everyone's kindness and support. She appreciates knowing how loved Lawrie is.

Lawrie had a passion for whatever was in front of him. Radio, television, theatre, music. LIFE. He wanted us to make the most of what we had, always. Don’t rest on your laurels, don’t be satisfied with “good enough”. But when it’s done, look back and be proud.
Lawrie meant something different to each of us. He had a way of making each person feel important, and that's an admirable quality. Lawrie will be missed, loved, and remembered for his contribution not only to our work, but to our lives. We are better people for having known him.

I'm not going to give a eulogy, that's not why we're here. Instead, I'm going to ask you to remember what made Lawrie special in your life, and consider how you can share that with someone else. 

I'm going to ask you to raise your glass, take a deep breath, and send all the love in this room to our beautiful friend. 

To Lawrie"

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