Lawrence Thomas Obituary, Death Cause – On December 5th, 1932, a beautiful soul named Lawrence Henry Thomas Melgaard, affectionately known as Laurie, entered this world. On September 3rd, 2023, surrounded by his loved ones, he peacefully departed, leaving behind a legacy of love, kindness, and cherished memories. At the age of 90, Laurie’s journey came to a close, but the impact he had on the lives of those around him will endure for generations. Laurie was a devoted husband to Shirley (may she rest in peace) and a loving father to Patricia and Peter (may he rest in peace). He was also a doting grandfather to Clare and Kate.
His love and commitment to his family were unwavering, and he brought joy and warmth to their lives throughout the years. Later in life, Laurie found love and companionship in Erna, and together they built a beautiful life filled with love and shared passions. He was not only loved by Erna but also admired by a wider circle of friends and family, including Claire, Chris, Grant, Merryn, Marion, Toby, and their respective families. Laurie’s interests were as diverse as they were captivating. His love for vegetable gardening, bees, and poetry reflected his deep connection to nature and his creative spirit. Those who had the privilege of witnessing his green thumb or hearing his words of verse will forever remember the beauty and wisdom he shared.
As we prepare to bid farewell to Laurie, his life will be celebrated on Monday, September 11th, 2023, at 11:00 am at the N J Todd Funeral Home, 81 Baddaginnie-Benalla Road, Benalla, Victoria. Though he has left our physical world, Laurie’s spirit will live on in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know him. His memory will continue to bloom, much like the gardens he tended with love and care. In this time of grief and remembrance, our deepest gratitude extends to Dr. Ursula Read and the compassionate staff at Cooinda for their unwavering support and care. Laurie Melgaard’s journey may have come to an end, but the love and warmth he brought to our lives will remain forever etched in our hearts. As we gather to celebrate his life, let us remember the man who touched our souls with his kindness and love. Laurie’s legacy is not just in the memories we share, but in the way he inspired us to cherish every moment and embrace the beauty of life.