Laurie Russell Avey


It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce that on December 29, 2020 Laurie Russell Avey of Norwich Ontario passed away peacefully at Sakura House in his 76th year. 

Laurie was cherished husband and best friend to Barb for 39 years.Loving father to Cheryl Avey (Al Cargill) Alberta, Carrie Teggart (Ron) Bowmanville, Jared Cayley (Miranda Turnbull) Bracebridge, Toni Avey Tillsonburg, Ken Avey (Tina Dyke) Norwich. 

Predeceased by infant son Kendrick Harmen (1967), parents Kendrick and Evelyn (Cowan) Avey and brother-in-law Cliff Burd.

Survived by siblings Ron (Marie) Avey Norwich, Donna (Tom) Awcock Ingersoll, Elaine Fitzmorris London, Sandy (Bob) Bedgood Thorndale, Carol (Dave)Haley Matheson, Murray (Mary) Fingal as well as In-laws Sharon (Brad) Forder Ajax, Joanne (Tim) Caddel  Bonfield, Steve (Consiglia) Cox Paris, Wayne (Anna-Lisa) Cox Woodstock and Mother-in-law Alice Cox Woodstock. 

Proud Papa to Trey (Alyssa) Hylton, Jessica Lewis, Riley Lewis, Alexes Harris-Parry, Kelton Harris, Sarah Keenan, Trinity (Nick) Harris, Lincoln Harris, Jackson Avey, & Shianne Harris. Great Grandbabies Alivia Hylton & Nolan Hylton. Remembered by numerous nieces, nephews & cousins.

Laurie loved a good party whether with family &/or friends. Some people say that wherever Laurie went he brought the party with him. A jack of all trades there was nothing he wouldn’t try. For most of his career he was a short distance truck driver. He also picked corn, worked in body shop, the Co-op, Norwich Farm Maintenance to list a few. He also cut grass and plowed snow for B&K during his retirement.

Laurie owned and rode numerous motorcycles for at least 50 years. Laurie was an honorary member of Norwich Rebels Club (he was too young to be official). He has always had at least one antique vehicle even before they became antiques. Laurie also had an interest in steam tractors and regular tractors. Laurie called himself a back-yard mechanic. He used to take out a motor and replace with another one in an afternoon. He was very knowledgeable in mechanics. Laurie knew a lot of people. Every time we would go on a trip or motorcycle ride there would always be someone he knew no matter where we went. If Laurie liked you and counted you as a friend there was nothing he would not do for you. As a sister mentioned Laurie was the sparkplug of the family.

Laurie will be sadly missed by both family and friends. As per Laurie’s wishes there will be no formal service.

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  • Barb. Bob and I were so sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing. He was a man who enjoyed life. Bob talks about the times when they would get together with Doug deMont and Fred Andrews and drive the country side. Laurie knew all the good back roads.
    Take care.

    Bob Tokarz and Jan Lemcke
  • Our thoughts are with your family at this very difficult time
    Laurie was a good guy and will be missed by anyone that knew him.

    Len & Deb Travis and Family

    Len & Deb Travis
  • Never say in grief you are sorry he’s gone. Rather say in thankfulness you are grateful he was here.

    Elaine fitzmorris
  • Our sincere sympathy to all of Laurie’s family.

    Larry and Sharon Martin
  • Dear Barb
    Thinking of you and your family at this sad time. Laurie is definitely a cousin we will never forget.

    Colleen and Brad
  • We are so sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing. We always smile each time we think of him, as he enjoyed a good time. Wade remembers all his cousins motorcycles and his 59 red Chev with a 409 engine. It was a fast car. Please know that you are in our thoughts during this challenging time.

    Wade and Sue Avey
  • Our Blessings are with you in your loss of a Great Husband, Dad, Grandfather, and friend to many. RIP Laurie we will miss you. HUGS Barb & Family ❤️

    Bill & Deb Briggs & Family
  • Laurie was a dear longtime family friend. I knew him my entire life. My father Doug counted Laurie among his best friends. I’ll never forget each story my dad told starting with ‘…..let me tell you about my buddy Laurie’. We will miss him very much and we are sending our love to the family. Laurie was a special man and the world will not be the same without him. I hope Laurie and my dad are catching up and getting into trouble in heaven. ❤️❤️❤️

    Pam de Montmorency
  • Barb – so sorry to hear that Laurie passed away. He was always the funny man in the room!! He will be missed. Thinking of you Barb

    Julie ( Newell) Harde

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