Letters from Santas: January 2017

Remembering Lawrie Smith

Lawrie and Jacki SmithThis month’s letter is dedicated to the memory of Lawrie Smith, who passed away on January 1st, 2017, after battling ALS for over a year.

Lawrie will be remembered by everyone at Santas Anonymous for his generous spirit, warm heart, and thoughtful leadership. In our December Letter from Santas, he wrote about how lucky he was to be “part of such a marvelous adventure”.

In the years to come, Laurie’s impact will be felt throughout our operations, from the way we do certain things to the family members who have taken up his cause.

Santas Anonymous would not be what it is today without people like Lawrie Smith, and we will never forget him.

Lawrie Smith was a dear friend to many, a beloved volunteer for CFAX Santas Anonymous, and a treasured member of the Greater Victoria community.

As he wrote about in his Letter from Santas, Lawrie joined Santas Anonymous over 26 years ago, alongside his wife, Jacki. He dedicated countless hours to managing the warehouse for our Christmas Hamper program, and contributed throughout the year to volunteer recruitment and program development. Thanks to Lawrie’s resourcefulness, attention to detail, and organizational talents, Santas Anonymous has grown into the organization it is today.

However, while we valued Lawrie for his skills, what we love most about him is his spirit.

Lawrie knew that people working together could do wonderful things and make a difference–that’s why one of his favourite phrases was, “we can make that happen”. He understood the importance of approaching every challenge as a team, and shared that value with everyone he met.

When folks say “we lost a great man” it is true, we did. But we all move into the future with a common thread.

As Lawrie led us, we will lead others. We will continue to learn from the example he set, and carry his legacy well into the future. We will wear our passion on our sleeves, and work together to make this a better world.

We will make it happen.

And through it all, we will carry him in our hearts.


Christine Hewitt
Executive Director

A Celebration of Lawrie’s life will be held at the Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave W, Sidney, on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Condolences may be offered to the family at pacificcoastcremation.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CFAX Santas Anonymous Society in Lawrie’s honour.

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