TORONTO, Aug. 4 /CNW/ - It is with great sadness that we share the news
of the unexpected death of Richard John "Jack" Lawrence.
Jack and his companion, Carol Richardson, died in a plane crash leaving
the family cottage on Lake Muskoka yesterday afternoon. Authorities continue
to investigate the details surrounding the accident.
He leaves his children: Brian and wife Catherine, Judy, Wendy and husband
Nevio, Debbie, Carolyn and husband Stephen, Richard and grandsons Matthew,
Mitchell and Marshall; and was previously married to Janice Lawrence.
As a father, Jack spent the last few years of his life taking exceptional
care to contribute to his children's development and future success. The
health and happiness of his family was his first priority and the family is
extraordinarily grateful for the years they spent with their father. He taught
his children lessons for each to find his or her own way with tremendous
support, creativity and mentorship. Jack took great pride in his family that
is felt and cherished by his loved ones today as they reconcile the loss of
Jack was most recently the Chairman and CEO of Lawrence & Company Inc., a
company he founded in 1996, and was known for his influence and leadership on
Bay Street. In the mid 90s he oversaw the sale of Burns Fry to Bank of
Montreal, guided it through a successful transition, and then stepped out,
setting BMO Nesbitt Burns on its path to become the No. 1 ranked investment
firm in Canada.
Jack graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an HBA in
1956. After supporting himself through University, Jack worked at Fry Mills
Spence for 5 years before he became President, and then merged with Burns Bros
Denton in 1976 to create the powerhouse that would become Burns Fry. During
all this, he influenced and contributed to Canada's economic policies and
helped business gain a larger voice in policy-making decisions - a very
important step for the development of the Canadian economy and the first step
in what would become a lifelong mission for Jack. In 2001, Jack made a $3.7
million donation to the Richard Ivey School of Business to fund the building
of the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management - a forum for
business, media, students and academia to work with government and actively
participate in public policy issues for the greater Canadian good.
Jack was born on April 23, 1934 and lived a full, healthy and active
life. Remembered for his consistent fitness regime and interest in the
Cambridge Group of Clubs, and his disciplined lifestyle, this tragic accident
comes as a great shock to those close to him.
His last weekend was spent enjoying tennis with his eldest son Brian,
dinners with friends and family, and a canoe ride along the bay towards Bala.
Jack will be greatly missed by his family. Further details will be made
available after the post mortem is shared with the family.
For further information:
For further information: Krista Dettelbach, (416) 642-6679,