Our thoughts go out to Maureen and their three grown sons, Lance, Adrian and Anton at this difficult time. Donations were made in his memory to St Luke’s Hospice.
Lawrence, known variously as Lawrence, LOL and LHP died suddenly in his sleep on 1st May 2012. He was baptised into the Catholic faith and worshiped at the church of Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury, Roxborough Park all his life. His faith defined the man and was a keystone of his life. Lawrence joined the 17th Harrow as a Cub in 1941 and moved up to the troop in 1943, where I first met him.
Having gained his Kings Scout Badge in the Senior Scout Troop he joined the Royal Signals for his National Service in 1950 and returned to the Troop two years later. Without delay he took a warrant as an Assistant Scout Master (1953) and gained his Wood Badge in 1955. Further roles followed – Scout Master (1956) Group Scout Leader (1973) and ADC (Scouts) 1978, not forgetting 21 years of leading the District Activity Weekend. The Movement recognised his “distinguished” service by awarding him the Silver Acorn followed by a Bar to the Award. His service to Catholic youth, by way of Scouting, was recognised by Pope John Paul II by awarding him the “Bene Merenti” medal, a distinction he greatly treasured.
Lawrence’s lasting legacy is, of course, our present Headquarters. He was one of the key players in achieving this by being involved in all aspects of site clearance, obtaining planning permissions, leases from the Diocese, funding and then the erection of the pre-cast concrete building.
The interior was fitted out entirely by professional help drawn from the Leadership Team and Parents. Lawrence was very protective of the building and the usage made of it. As Building Manager any problems with fixtures and fittings he would be advised and if he could not resolve – he became an expert on blocked toilets and drains – he would consult with others to achieve a remedy. Up to the time of his death he would appear on a Friday evening to clean the basins and “loos”, empty the waste bins and if the floors had not been swept to his satisfaction he would do them again.The esteem, love and affection this man enjoyed was demonstrated by the 300 or so past and present 17th Harrow and District members who attended his funeral with a Requiem Mass on 21st May 2012 at Our Lady and St Thomas of Conterbury, Harrow on the Hill.
Our thoughts go out to Maureen and their three grown sons Lance, Adrian and Anton at this difficult time. Donations were made in his memory to St Luke’s Hospice. May he rest in peace.