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April 25, 2023
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Lawrence Richard Welton CD (retired) Royal Canadian Dragoons
It is with shattered hearts we announce the passing of Lawrence Richard Welton. He succumbed to an extremely aggressive form of lung cancer. A battle courageously hard fought.
He is survived by his loving wife Marlene Cullen. Preceded in death by his parents, Lyle and Katie Welton. Loving and devoted father to Levi and his mother, Michelle. Loving brother to Vic (Jane), Greg (Vicki), sister Christina (André) and Ian (Bonnie). Cherished lifetime and best friend of Martin Scott. Will be sorely missed by many aunts and uncles, nephews, nieces and the Cullen clan.
Lawrence spent his life in the service of his country, his fellow Canadians, neighbors, family and friends.
The short time we had together was met with happiness, laughter and joy every day. He loved his son Levi with every fibre of his being which is reflected in the wonderful, caring human he has become. I am so proud to call him son. I have been warmly embraced with love by my circle of friends. He will be especially missed by his good friend, Ron Laurin and his wonderful wife, June.
Lawrence could fix, build, superglue anything he put his mind to including garage doors, much to the delight of my brother, Dave. He lit up a room when he entered with his infectious laugh and wicked sense of humor.
I will be eternally grateful to a group called "Guitars for Vets". Thursday evening at the Stittsville Legion was always a highlight of the week for Lawrence. He would always come home beaming. This started a passion for learning guitar, and collecting every known stringed instrument known to mankind, (mustn't forget the didgeridoo hanging in the man cave.) This led to the birth of Ashton Strings. His attention to detail and getting to know his clients, which became a long list of friends brought him immense joy, satisfaction and happiness.
Towards the end there was a steady stream of folk that would come and reminisce in his guitar shop/mancave. I would always hear laughter and wonder what was going on out there.
Thank you, Tom and Ken, for your unwavering support during this most difficult time. He loved you guys.
Lawrence suffered in silence by the unrelenting toll of the mental and physical effects of being a professional soldier. Thank you for your service my brave man. I am so privileged to have been your wife. Equally privileged to be welcomed with open arms and hearts by the Welton clan. The best decision of my life was to marry the kindest, sweetest, funniest most thoughtful man I know.
Towards the end I could see that it would take all your strength to smile and tell me everything would be okay. It is. I am surrounded by our friends, family, neighbours and our Lord.
Rest in peace my love. M.
Friends may support the family at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home, 19 McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place, on Thursday, May 25, 2023, from 10 a.m. until the service in the chapel at 12 noon. A reception will follow.
The service will be livestreamed, search YouTube for: BarkerFH Lawrence Welton starting at 11:55 a.m.
Memorial donations to the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society or the Canadian Cancer Society.