David Lawrence Massey

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David Lawrence Massey

March 13, 1943 - July 26, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Lawrence Massey on Sunday, July 26th at Streamway Villa in Cobourg. He will be remembered as a kind and gentle man with a great sense of humour and penchant for practical jokes. Beloved husband of the late Joanne Massey, he will forever remain in the hearts of his children, Angela, and Adam and his grandchildren, Aidan, Niamh, Fergus, Calder and Finn. Lawrence will be terribly missed by his sisters, Kathy and Verlie, brothers Don and Richard, and extended family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home 30 King St. E., Cobourg on Saturday August 8, 2020 from 1 to 3 p.m. Those planning to attend the celebration must RSVP the funeral home by e-mail at contact@maccoubrey.com or by phone at 905-372-5132. Any donations can be made to Parkinson Canada or Streamway Villa.

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Dessy Marinova - August 14, 2020

Dear Angela, I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. It sounds like he was a wonderful man. My sincere condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Dessy

Andrea Adams - August 14, 2020

Dear Angela and family, I am so very sorry to hear about the crossing over of your father in July, following your mother’s crossing in December. I send my heartfelt condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family, Andrea

Carolyn Lennox - August 14, 2020

I am so sorry about the loss of Lawrence, Angela's father. Angela has been a valued member of our staff at TDSB, and I have no doubt her father was a wonderful man who will be sadly missed by all. May wonderful memories of him last in your hearts and sustain you always.

Nancy Kidd nee Darling - August 10, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Lawrence and Joanne were role models for me as I was growing up in Morganston. I remember both with great fondness and respect.

James Massey - August 9, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Parkinson Canada

Bill & Helen Gibson - August 8, 2020

Dear Barb and Richard. Bill and I are very sorry to hear of the passing of Lawrence. He is in a better place and with his beloved wife Joanne. Sorry to have missed his Celebration of Life, just got the message. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Love Bill and Helen Gibson

Heather Johnston, Grant Van Blaricom and Family - August 8, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Parkinson Canada

Bill and Marg Andrus - August 8, 2020

Angela, Adam, Richard and families. It is with a heavy heart that we say good by to Lawrence , our friend , who we met through Parkinsons northumberland. His remarkable words captured in his SELF PUBLISHED book " shaken , not stirred" ! Inspired, sprinkled with facts and filled with wisdom . He certainly will never be forgotten. Sorry we are unable to attend his celebration. Will always treasure the visits we have had in the recent past at streamway villa. Our sincere sympathy Bill & Marg Andrus

Lindsay, Nyah and Kiera - August 8, 2020

Angela and family, Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Sending virtual hugs, Lindsay and family

Edie & Gary Roberts - August 7, 2020

Thinking of all of you. Larry is now at peace. We will always remember the good times we had with him and later with him and your mom. I always loved Larry's laugh! Losing a parent / sibling is hard but I am sure you have many happy memories of past times together.

Gary & Edie Roberts - August 7, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Parkinson Canada

Bob Morash - August 7, 2020

Dear Adam, Angie & families, Very sincere condolences to you all on the passing of your Dad/Grandfather. It has been about 45 years since we first made connection with the Massey family & as I reflect back, I would say that more time was spent during those years with Lawrence & Joanne at the farm, at picnics, in Cobourg, Peterborough & other places. However, my greatest memory was 9/11 (2001), when Lawrence & I were chainsawing the huge Willow at the farm while things were taking place in New York city. Lawrence & Joanne were a fantastic couple & will be missed by all who knew them over the years. May your many past memories guide you through life as part of a highly respected family. Sincerely, Uncle Bob & families

Ryan Teal - August 5, 2020

Angie, Adam and your families. Condolences for the loss of your dad/grandfather. I have fond memories of time spent with my “Uncle Lawrence” over the years – be it at our family Christmas gatherings, picnics in Cobourg or otherwise; and I can’t recall him ever not being friendly, pleasant and easy to talk to. Genuine too, always asking questions about how things were going with me and others he was speaking with…and you knew he was truly interested in your response to those questions. He will be missed.

Jason Teal - August 5, 2020

Dear Angie and Adam, My sincere condolences on you on your father's passing. He was a sincere, kind and wonderful man. I have many fond memories being at the farm as a young child thanks to Uncle Lawrence. Let the memories of your father provide you with comfort and serve as guidance. Sincerely, Jason Teal

Elissa Mountney (Arthur) - August 5, 2020

Angie & Adam, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. He was such a lovely man. I have fond memories of spending time at the farm with your family as a kid. Your mom always baking treats and your dad with the animals. Sending much love to you both. Elissa

Margaret Davey - August 5, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Parkinson Canada

Judy & Blake Farmer - August 5, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Parkinson Canada

Glen and Janet Hynes - August 5, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Parkinson Canada

Lisa and Joe Rom - August 4, 2020

Sending our condolences to the Massey family

Bev & Dave Sherwin - August 4, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Parkinson Canada

Gordon Jibb - August 4, 2020

Met Lawrence in 1979 and found him to be a great person. I sold him crop insurance for his wheat crop. He eventually became an agent along with myself to look after all of Northumberland County. I think of him often and will keep so many fond memories close to my heart.

Richard, Barb, Ashley, Natalie and family - August 4, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Parkinson Canada

Diane and Rich Corrigan - August 4, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Friends of Kathy in Peterborough.

DON MASSEY - August 4, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Parkinson Canada

Kathryn Morash - August 3, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Parkinson Canada

Hank and Lynda Coyle - August 2, 2020

Angie, Adam and families- we were very lucky to have had good times with your Mom and Dad at the Warkworth hockey arena. Then as time went by and luck would have it, we ended up living beside each other in Cobourg. What great neighbours ! We miss them very much.

Calder & Finn & Alli - August 2, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Parkinson Canada

Linda Massey Brunton - August 2, 2020

My sympathy to lawrences family, Angie and Adam and their children. Lawrence was a special cousin to me and I will be forever grateful for his time commitment in writing the Massey legacy for us to forever treasure. With love to my cousins who grieve his loss. Linda (Massey) Brunton

Ginny Craig - August 2, 2020

I was and still am a very close friend of Kathy. I was in grade five when I first met the Massey family. I had a huge crush on Lawrence and thought he was the was the perfect older brother, which of course he was. He was a lovely man and will leave a huge hole in the hearts of his family.

Carl Wilson - August 2, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Parkinson Canada

Carl Wilson - August 2, 2020

Dear Angie & Adam, Both your parent, Lawrence & Joanne were vey kind gentle souls with big hearts, with a positive out look always looking for the best in any given situation, their personalities were a blessing to us all. I had business dealings with your folks as well as knew them both through the farming community & I conclude by saying I valued this very special couple your parents, God bless the entire Massey Family.

Verlie Teal - August 2, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Parkinson Canada

Peter Stewart - August 2, 2020

Angie and Adam: Your parents were a wonderful example to us all of how to live life with dignity and grace, thoughtfulness and kindness to others. They will always be remembered as true examples of the Massey Clan! Peter

Peter Stewart - August 2, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Parkinson Canada

Anne Burnham - August 2, 2020

We send our sympathy to the family of Lawrence. We knew him a few years back when he contributed to our community through some agricultural committees. Paul and Anne Burnham

Mary Carr Mezl - August 1, 2020

Kathy,Verlie&family Ann Darling sent me the sad announcement of Lawrence's passing. Mom was in Streamway so I know the care and friendship, along with the home-like atmosphere brought a calmness to his time there. Lawrence and your whole family bring back many fond memories. My thoughts and prayers Mary

John Van Beek - August 1, 2020

My sincere condolences Adam, Angie and all the Massey family on the pasting of your father, grandfather and brother. I knew Lawrence for only a few years, but understood immediately that he was a genuine compassionate man. I would tease him about his beloved Leafs and would simply grin from ear to ear. May your memories of Lawrence sustain you throughout the coming years.

Joyce Campbell - July 31, 2020

Angie and Adam and families - We were very sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. You’re obit said it all: he was a kind and gentle man with a great sense of humour. I’m very glad we met him and your Mum and your branch of the Massey family when we did, in 1999 (??). I wish it could have been sooner. It was one of your Dad’s insurance customers, down near Trenton, that “introduced” us. When she discovered I was a Massey descendant, she asked if I knew Lawrence Massey. I told her no, but I had the blue Massey book with me and looked through it, and there your grandparents and your Dad and his siblings were. I told Helena that she could give my name and contact info to Lawrence if she wanted to. It was 4 or 5 months later that I received either a letter or an email from your Dad. Shortly after, Colin and I were invited up to the farm to meet the Masseys - your Mum and Dad, your grandparents Don and Velma, and Paul and Susan Van Blaricom. What a wonderful afternoon we had. And so it just grew from there. Of course, it wasn’t just the Massey kinship that fuelled our friendship. It was that common passion for history and genealogy. And now Colin and I are the only ones left. It was hard watching your Mum and Dad struggle as they did in the last years. I’m sure it must have been ten times harder for you. At least now you know that they’re at peace. And it’s a really difficult time to have a death in the family. I’m afraid we won’t be able to be there in person, but we would like to be a part of the gathering on Saturday in a virtual way. We’ll contact MacCoubrey’s about that. You are both so young to have lost both your parents. You have our deepest sympathy. Please, all of you, keep well. Best to all, Colin & Joyce Campbell

Joyce & Colin Campbell - July 31, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Parkinson Canada

Colin M Genge (Joann's cousin) - July 31, 2020

To the family- most of you know me; I brought my wife and kids up every summer for wheat harvest during the late 80's to mid 90's. Kathy I remember tending you when you got whacked with that wicked ground ball. The boys I remember as well, and Verlie, I think we only met once. Lawrence was the "big brother" I never had and he will be missed. Use your faith to help you get through this time; it will not fail you. Adam it's a tough part of life but he made sure you're man enough to stand through it. Ang we've already talked so you know my message to you. God bless. Colin

Sheridan Van Blaricom and Pam Jessop - July 31, 2020

Many good times were had at the farm. We'll miss Lawrence and his good humour. Angie and Adam we are with you. Pam and Sheridan

Brian Weir - July 31, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Parkinson Canada

Brian and Meda - July 31, 2020

Angie and Adam, Kathy, Verlie, Richard and Barb, Donald and families We have so many happy memories of Lawrence and the farm— the many visits with laugher and fun around the table.. I am particularly indebted to Lawrence for all his work and dedication on the Massey Family History. It was such a great deal of research to compile it all. May Gods peace and comfort be with you all now, and your memories bless you in the coming days weeks and months. With our love and prayers The Weirs Brian Meda Mike Angie, and family and Mark

Rhea Palmer - July 31, 2020

Dear Angie and Adam Our sincere condolences on the passing of your dad. Don and Rhea

John Van Beek - July 31, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Parkinson Canada

Jenny Andrus - July 31, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Parkinson Canada

Jenny Andrus - July 31, 2020

We are are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Lawrence. He was very kind man and was a wonderful voice for the local Parkinson Community. He and the the entire Massey family have been dedicated participants to the local SuperWalk fundraising efforts, and it has been moving to see your involvement year after year. With deepest sympathy, the Northumberland SuperWalk Committee.

Dianne Lee - July 31, 2020

Angela, Adam & families I was so very sorry to hear of Lawrence's passing. He was a table mate with my husband for quite some time. I helped him and he always appreciated and said thank you. He was a kind soft spoken man always had a twinkle in his eyes and had a wonderful sence of humor. He was much loved he is now at peace and with your mom. Such a lovely loving couple. Lawrence and I had the same birthday and I have found that I'm distantly related through the Massey line to Lawrence. Hugs to all

Paul Burnham - July 31, 2020

Always remembered as a great soil and crop advocate and great guy. Paul

John Finlay - July 31, 2020

Lawrence was an incredibly nice guy, who always had time for a chat. He was a very good farmer with a scientific mind but held that special attribute of being humble. He was always cooperative and a great team player when in an organization. He was a valuable 4H leader many years ago. My condolences to his children and brothers and sisters.

Donna McGee - July 31, 2020

Condolences to Lawrence's family. He was a great guy with a wonderful sense of humour. We always enjoyed our visits with him while on the farm.

Anne and Gary Parker - July 31, 2020

Angie and Adam, Please accept our deepest condolences in the passing of your Dad. We remember him as a friendly, kind and clever man who was deeply devoted to his family. Your many memories of your good times together with him and your mother will be cherished now and always. With sympathy, Gary and Anne

Jessica carr - July 31, 2020

Lawrence was my bus driver in elementary school (just a few years ago!). My Mom always said she would hear all the kids before she could see the bus. Riding the bus wasn't the same after he retired. My condolences to friends and family.

Wayne Greer and family - July 31, 2020

I met Lawrence just a few years before he was diagnosed with Parkinsons'. He and Joanne were such a good team and it is sad each has left us so soon. Lawrence was always respectful of others, looked for the good stuff and easy to talk with. His knowledge around just about anything was amazing. These past few years were not easy ones and we all hope for him to be now at peace. For family this is a time to remember the good times with Lawrence in order that the sadness and sense of loss is in second place.

Kimberlea Puffer - July 31, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear about Lawrence. My best memory of him was at the end of one of the school years he gave me a massive bag of gummy bears. I used to put up all the windows on the bus for him when we were coming down Massey Lane to help and that was his way of saying thanks. The entire Puffer family sends their condolences.

Lynn ramsay - July 31, 2020

Dear Angela, Adam and children. My husband Bill entered Streamway about ten days after your dad did. They both sat at the same table for their meals for fourteen months. I got to know your mom and dad. Wonderful people. I'm sorry for your loss but I'm happy Lawrence is free and again with Joanne. God bless all of you.

Karen,Jake Vandermeer.(Christine & Jennifer) - July 31, 2020

Dear Angie,Adam and family, So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad (and mom). We had many fun times years ago when Angie played hockey. Your dad and mom were wonderful people and great parents. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this sad time. Karen,Jake,Jennifer and Christine Vandermeer

Sherri Adams - July 30, 2020

Our sincere condolence. Angie, it is with sadden hearts that we hear of Dad Massey’s passing. Jeff and I have very fond memories, while growing up and of the present day of your dad. Dad Massey was a man of great patience, guidance, love and ALWAYS had a smile and a welcoming heart in his home. We will greatly miss him, but will always remember his kindness in welcoming us as family. Love Jeff & Sherri Adams

Jim Rusk - July 30, 2020

I was saddened to learn of Lawrence's death. We had very much in common - one-room schools a few miles apart as were out father's farms on the Ninth concession of Cramahe. His father and my mother were first cousins on the McKague side. There was more - we both went to hgh school in Brighton and to OAC where we both majored in Soil Science. Whenever we got together, it was like an uninterrupted conversation in whch two people who did not see each other often still had the deep bonds of a shared past. My condolences to all the family. Please let me know when there is a gathering to remember him. Jim Rusk

Suzanne Liptay - July 30, 2020

Thank you for your contributions over the years. From the Parkinson Support Group

Gladys Morris - July 30, 2020

Lawrence was a joy to get to know. He and my brother Doug Carruthers were roommates at Streamway. He was a strong man, but very gentle. His eyes would twinkle and you knew he had a story. Sympathy to Angela and Adam and families.