June 22, 1939 - December 3, 2023
In loving memory ~
It is with very sad news that we announce the passing of Lawrence Carpentier on Sunday, December 3rd. He was first and foremost a dedicated husband to his wife, Elizabeth Ann Carpentier, and father to his children and their children. Not only was his family of the utmost importance to him but also important was his vision in the forest industry where he established and nurtured the longest-running forest products company in Vancouver Island's Forest Industry's history.
Lawrence was born in Zenon Parc, SK, in 1939, and together with his parents (Emile and Marie-Louise) and brothers (Paul, Albert, and Arthur), they moved west in the early 1940s. He met and married Ann in 1961, and in that marriage, they would have three children: Guy (Carmen), Sally (Ian), Stacy (Jason); six grandchildren: Natasha (Kaelan), Christina, Emilie (James), Addison (Brian), Nicholas, and Grace, and two great-grandchildren: Cashel and Rowa. In those final days of his life, he often spoke of wishing to live long enough to meet infant Rowa, and he did, passing away only days after he held her.
Together, for over 60 years, Lawrence and Ann created a beautiful life, one that spoke to their commitment to one another and to their family.
However, his legacy will not only be remembered by his much-beloved family but also by those in the Forest Industry, as it was in 1965 when he, his brother Paul, and their wives (Ann and Margaret) planted the first seeds of their dream by starting C&C Lath Mill Ltd. At that time, there were dozens of other forest companies, but today, the only one left standing from that time is C&C Lath.
After Paul's retirement, Lawrence continued to steer the company with a very solid business model, and it is a model that speaks to the man, himself, as Lawrence believed in fairness, compassion, and hard work. In that hard work, he steered the company with a balance of resilience and innovation. And his impact has been felt by all those who have dealt with him.
While he may have recently passed away, the story of his life will be a guiding spirit for his family to follow, and we are all so very proud to have been able to call him Dad or, as his grandchildren called him, Poppy.
His legacy stands tall, and the impact he had on others will forever be etched in the collective memory of those who had the privilege to be a part of his journey.
The family is particularly grateful to Dr. Dan Philippson, Heather Buss, MaryDawn MacWatt and Kyle Storr.
A Celebration of Life, for both Lawrence and Ann Carpentier, is planned for February 17th, 2024, at Arbutus Ridge, from 1:00 to 4:00. Directions to Arbutus Ridge are as follows: 3515 Telegraph Rd, Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L4.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, you consider donating to a charity of your choosing.