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Obituary - Clarence J Bourgaize

Clarence J Bourgaize

1920 - 2020

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Bourgaize(2020) "Larry"

It is with great sorrow that the family announce the passing of C.J. “Larry" Bourgaize at the Riverview Care Centre, in Medicine Hat on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at the age of 99 years. Larry is survived by his grandson, Bill (Carol) Merriman as well as his three beautiful great-granddaughters, Ashley, Courtney and Amy. He is also survived by his companion and girlfriend of 26 years, Nina Mae Dickie. Larry was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Frances (Tom) Merriman and grandson, Grant Merriman as well as his brothers and sisters. He was born in Guernsey in the Channel Islands, Great Britain, on August 3, 1920, to Nicholas and Mabel Bourgaize. Larry served as an Airman and Dispatch Rider for the famed #600 Squadron of the Royal Air Force during World War II. It was during his training at the S.F.T.S. #34 in Medicine Hat where he met Dorothy Muriel Browne. They were married in 1942, and Frances was born a year later. After the war, Larry made Medicine Hat home for his bride and new daughter. He worked as a truck driver for many years with Canadian Freightways as well as working for Canada Safeway and the Co-op. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Riverview Long Term Care Centre where Larry lived out his final years. He will be interred at Hillside Cemetery on Monday, May 25, 2020, alongside his late wife, Dorothy. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in Larry’s name directly to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta, #201, 770 - 6 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, AB., T1A 4J6.


  1. Jason Green:
    May 21, 2020 at 03:10 PM

    So sorry to hear the sad news of Larry’s passing. I only met him when he visited Guernsey back in the early 90s but got to know him over that summer. He was a great brother to my late grandmother, his sister Evelyn Guilbert and uncle to my mum the late Margaret Green both of whom enjoyed regular chats with him on the phone. Staying close despite the Atlantic between them. Missed by all the family in Guernsey. Rest in peace x

  2. Christopher Green:
    May 21, 2020 at 03:12 PM

    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of my Great Uncle Larry. I only met him once when he visited Guernsey one summer many years ago. My late Grandmother Eve Guilbert, Larry's sister, who passed away only last year, spoke of him often and used to ring him regularly for many years. Sad times indeed and the end of an era.

  3. Sandra Chester:
    May 21, 2020 at 03:42 PM

    I am saddened to hear that my uncle Larry has passed away. I only met him the once when he visited Guernsey one summer. I have fond memories of him; he was such a nice man. My mum, Grace (Larry's sister) passed away some twelve years ago but always kept in touch. My condolences go out to all his family. RIP Uncle Larry

  4. Sharron Gulyas-Green:
    May 21, 2020 at 03:50 PM

    Dear Bill and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss and send our heartfelt condolences at this sad time.

    My Mum, Margaret and Grandmother, Eve would always talk about Uncle Larry in Canada with great affection and I know they kept in regular contact over the phone for all those years. I also have lovely memories of
    when he visited Guernsey when I was younger.

    We send you all our love and best wishes.

    Sharron (Green), Alex, Annalise and Alicia Gulyas

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