Four Generations of Devoted Service
In the Selkirk area and Interlake Since 1935
Lawrence John Hocaluk
September 29, 1940 – August 6, 2018
Lawrence John Hocaluk, aged 77 years, entered fully into the presence of his Lord and Savior, after he suddenly passed away at his residence in Scanterbury, MB on August 6, 2018. Lawrence was born on September 29, 1940 in Scanterbury. He grew up on the family farm along Lake Winnipeg, where he worked hard for many years helping his parents cutting loose hay and later bales for their horses and cattle, he helped his dad cut endless amounts of fire wood, and also helped garden. He enjoyed hunting in the fall time, trapping muskrats, as well as spending time fishing with his family and friends.
Left to honour and remember him are his wife Doreen of 56 years, his sons Allen (Charlene), Lawrence Jr. (Sandy), and Jason (Sylvia); grandchildren – Caleigh, Brendon, Brent, Dallon, Gerrall, Callum, Loralee, Lawrence Jr., Blaine, and Shannon; great-grandchildren – Landon, Levi, Callum Jr., and Jordan. He was predeceased by his parents John and Gladys Hocaluk; daughter Geraldine in 2001; grandparents Jim and Eliza Folster, and Fred and Annie Hocaluk; aunts Agnes Folster and Nellie Greening; and uncles Dave and Ernest Folster, and Peter and Mike Hocaluk.
In his early years, Lawrence attended Stoney Point school, Scanterbury school, and eventually Libau school where he was sent to live with his uncle Mike and aunt Helen, as well as his aunt Nellie and Isaac Greening to make sure he attended school due to frequently playing hooky to hunt in the bush with his dog, and visit an elder in the area who enjoyed his company; his teacher also lived in the hotel where they lived so playing hooky wasn’t an option. He later went on to work at the Selkirk Rolling Mills, and the Gull Lake gravel pit, which later changed to Inland Aggregate where he spent many years working with his good friend Herbie, and where he eventually retired.
Lawrence married his wife Doreen on September 28, 1962 at the Anglican Church in Scanterbury. Together they had four children that they raised in the Patricia Beach area. They enjoyed going out as a family hunting muskrats, and fishing in the summer and winter; Lawrence enjoyed spending time with his boys in the outdoors. Later in life, Lawrence devoted his life to the Lord and changed his ways for the better. He attended the Selkirk Aboriginal Church with his wife on a regular basis where he made a lasting friendship with Pastor Ray and Elsie Settee.
Lawrence spent a lot of his time with his “Boss,” which was his granddaughter Caleigh. Together they enjoyed picking berries, fishing, planting and looking after the garden, going for rides in his truck where he would show her where he spent a lot of his time growing up, as well as look at and appreciate the wildlife in the area that they would come across. They also enjoyed making fresh zucchini bread, going shopping every Saturday morning, caring for and spending time with their dogs Puppy, Piper, and his ‘little Eva’, as well as countless other memories that will forever by cherished by Caleigh.
Pallbearers are Johnny Folster, Eldon Desjarlais, Blaine Hocaluk, Gerrall Scramstead, Dallon Yuzicappi, and Tyndall Fontaine.
The family would like to thank the paramedics, friends, and family that came together moments before Lawrence entered his heavenly home.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 13, 2018 at the Private Tom Chief Memorial Hall at 2:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, pay it forward with a good deed or act of kindness to honor Lawrence – he always appreciated when people showed kindness, love, and respect in all that they do.
Condolences, pictures, and videos may be left on his tribute wall at www.gilbartfuneralhome.com