A former Red Deer alderman who was pivotal in the creation of the Peavey Mart Centrium has passed away.
Daniel Lawrence, who served as an alderman from 1980-83 and 1989-92, passed away at the age of 92 on Nov. 2.
“On behalf of city council and city staff, I would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of former Alderman Daniel Lawrence on their loss,” says a statement issued Monday by Red Deer’s mayor and council.
“He was a faithful public servant who cared immeasurably for our community and provided a voice for the citizens of Red Deer, whom he was proud to serve. He distinguished himself not only in politics, but also in building the community through business, and real estate ventures.”
The statement notes that Lawrence was “instrumental in bringing” the Centrium to Red Deer and was influential in the project’s planning and execution.
“His tireless dedication to public service was a testament to his love for Red Deer and its residents,” said the statement.
A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Deer Park Alliance Church in Red Deer.
“Daniel Anson Lawrence will be remembered for his love for (his wife) Phyllis and their families and friends, his dedication to his community, and his diverse and successful career pursuits,” states Lawrence’s obituary.
“He leaves behind a legacy of hard work, determination, and a deep commitment to those he held dear. Dan’s memory will continue to live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.”
Lawrence grew up in the Pine Lake area, where he attended primary school. He continued his education at Lindsay Thurber Composite High School in Red Deer.
Prior to serving as a Red Deer alderman, Lawrence had a varied professional career. He began his professional journey as a farmer. He then operated Tent Town in Pine Lake.
“He left an indelible mark on Pine Lake’s history, and his legacy will be remembered fondly,” states his obituary.
Lawrence later transitioned into the work of real estate. He eventually acquired Carling’s Brewery from the City of Red Deer, dedicating countless hours to rebuilding the brewery and turning it into “a future rental opportunity for the community.”