Laurence “Laurie” Patric Tulloch
August 6, 1943 – December 8, 2022
Laurie Tulloch passed peacefully on December 8th, 2022 at the age of 79.
Born in Port Arthur, Laurie lived his entire life in Thunder Bay. He attended Shuniah Public School, Lakeview High School, University of Manitoba (undergrad – Chemistry) and Lakehead University (Master of Education in Curriculum Development) where he developed a love for education and sports, excelling in both. He was active in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and awarded a trip to England. It instilled in him a need to serve country and community.
While in high school he was asked to a Sadie Hawkins dance by Joanne Elliott. As a man of great insight, he recognized that Joanne would bring love, joy, and adventure along with good meals and baking. Laurie was supported by Joanne and Joanne by Laurie. It was a marriage of 56 years of love, friendship, commitment, and trust.
Family was very important to Laurie. He and Joanne had two wonderful children, Laurence and Nancy. They had summer adventures that included camping and science camps (learning didn’t get summers off!), travelling in Canada and the USA to visit family, friends and create lifelong memories. He motivated his children to be their best, do their best and offer their best. He was very proud of all they have accomplished including their generosity in community. His grandchildren, Rebecca and Adam, gave him the opportunity to spoil and create memories with them. Together they attended theatre, had adventures in Canada, the USA and Europe. Laurie took full advantage of grandparenting and loved every minute.
His love of learning never stopped, and it was a natural transition from learner to educator. Laurie taught high school science before moving into administration being a vice-principal, principal and superintendent of education. He was fortunate to have taught and worked at almost every high school in Thunder Bay over his 30+ year career. If Mr. T., (as he was affectionately known) called you into the office, students knew no matter the situation, Mr. T. would be fair. He genuinely liked his students, saw their potential, and wanted the best for each and every one.
While teaching, Laurie was the recipient of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation award for his contribution to the establishment of professional development programs for teachers at the local, regional and provincial levels. He believed in sports being a positive influence for young people and demonstrated this through encouragement of participation in sports, through coaching football for many years and by being a long-standing convenor of SSSAA football. He was President of the Science Teachers Association of Ontario. and active on the Secondary Teachers Association of Ontario and was the founder/developer of numerous specialized high school programs offering unique opportunities to students. He was determined to see students thrive. Following retirement, Laurie was the Superintendent of Education for the Summer Beaver (Nibinimik) school board. His fond memories of the people he met and worked with in the First Nation community were often recounted.
He served the community in many ways, including volunteering with the MS society following Joanne’s diagnosis. He volunteered for the Valentine’s Day dance, the Walk to End MS, Mother’s Day Carnation campaign and served on the Board of Directors. His volunteerism continued with Relay for Life, the Justice of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee, the Thunder Bay International Baseball Association responsible for bringing the U18 Baseball World Cup to Thunder Bay and through service to Westminster United Church.
Laurie was a proud member of the Port Arthur Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He took active roles in Rotary Radio Day, the Santa Clause Parade and a wide variety of community service and fundraising activities. He enjoyed being the sergeant at arms at club meetings, fining his fellow Rotarians and collecting “happy” dollars. He truly believed in service above self.
Laurie is predeceased by his parents, Laurence and Ann Tulloch and brother-in-law, Garry Elliott. He is survived by his wife Joanne, children Laurence (Angie) and Nancy (Ian), brother Jeff (Carole) Tulloch (Lebanon, Ohio), sister Mary Ann Tulloch (Thunder Bay), grandchildren Rebecca (Keagan) Huard and Adam (Joelle) Huard and step-grandchildren Josh and Zack Kelly. Also surviving are brothers-in-law, Ross (Jeanne) Elliott, Dave (Trudy) Elliott, sisters-in-laws, Gail (Barry) Ferguson, Terry Elliott and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Laurie’s quick smile, easy laugh and charismatic wink will always be remembered.
Memorial visitation with family will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 N. Court Street. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity United Church with lunch to follow at the Sargent Family Reception Centre. Cremation has taken place. You can also attend the service through live stream at: www.trinityunited.church/livestream or www.tbayunitedmedia.ca. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Laurie and Joanne Tulloch Family Fund at the Thunder Bay Community Foundation would be greatly appreciated. You can donate online at: https://tbcf.org/donate-now/. Rotarians are also encouraged to donate to the Rotary Foundation. Online condolences may be expressed at www.sargentandson.com.