Lauris Gregory Guptill
Lauris Gregory Guptill – age 82, of New Minas, Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, June 17, 2022 with his family and dearest friends by his side. Born in Grand Harbour, Grand Manan, NB on December 17, 1939, he was the second son of the late Winston and Marjorie (Ingersoll) Guptill.
Lauris enjoyed a number of careers - a commissioned officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a navigator following graduation from High School, followed by two years as a commercial fisherman on Grand Manan Island, then as an Air Traffic Controller in Moncton and Fredericton, NB and St. John’s, NL. This was followed by 30 years in various financial and administrative positions with all three levels of government. After retirement Lauris operated his own businesses with his daughter Tara – the work and the people he enjoyed most – a business that is profitable and thriving today under the excellent management of Tara. A very special thank you to his friend Cody - who asked him to be a part of the development of his business at a time when he felt he had been "put out to pasture".
Lauris is survived by his best friend and wife of 58 years, Paula (Lucas); daughter and special friend, Tara (Don) Fowler and very special grand-daughter, Eva (I’ve loved you girls more than I can tell); brother, George (Rose), St. George, NB; and sister, Sherrill Perry, Saint John, NB; God daughter, Allison (Allie) MacFarlane; God son, Peter Sonnenberg; and many nieces, nephews and cousins as well as chosen "family", Doris and Phil Ells and Melanie Sonnenberg of Grand Manan, NB; and chosen "family", Doug and Jill and Ashley and Cody Holland of Coldbrook, NS. He was predeceased by his father, Winston; mother, Marjorie; sister, Suzanne Delaney; brother, Michael; brother-in-law, Gilbert Perry; brother-in-law, Jack Delaney; sister-in-law, Cindy Guptill; and God son, Phillip Ells.
There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be arranged, including a service in St. John’s Anglican Church in Port Williams with a graveside committal following the service, at a later date to be decided. Donations should be made to the charity of your choice. At your convenience, please visit Paula, Tara and Eva and share your remembrances of your times with Lauris. Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. Online condolences and inquiries may be directed to www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com.
As I move on to the next stage of my journey, I would like to
say "Thank You" to a number of people who made this part of
my earthly journey with me.
Thank you to those who loved me,
You made my heart grow fonder.
Thank you to those who cared,
You made me feel important.
Thank you to those who entered my life,
you made me who I was.
Thank you to those who left,
You showed me that nothing lasts forever.
Thank you to those who stayed.
You showed me true friendship.
Thank you to those who listened,
You made me feel like I was worth it. May God Bless you all.