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Saturday December 8, 2012

GEE, Lawrence Sydney (Larry)

At MacKenzie Health, Richmond Hill, ON, on Monday, November 5, 2012, following a brief but overwhelming illness that took his life too early. Aged 61 years. Born April 11, 1951 in London, ON, son of Sydney Gee and Mary Gee (Stewart). Youngest sibling, survived by sister, Dr. Alice Dewdney of Topeka, Kansas, and brothers David Gee of London, ON and Richard Gee, of Boston, MA. Uncle of Kinya Vaughn and Darth Vaughn of California, great uncle of Kyra and Koren Vaughn. Also uncle of Evan Gee, of Boston, and Debbie (Gee) Lang, also Catherine, Sarah and Shannon Gee, all of London, ON. Larry was also nephew of Elenore Yates of Ottawa, and first cousin of Sue Davies, Debbie Yates, Janet Yates, and Sheila Eckford. Survived by loving wife, Susan J. Gee (Kneale), brother in law Paul T. Kneale and his wife Margot Kneale, and sister in law Judith W. Jones (Kneale), and her husband, Paul D. Jones (deceased), all of Brantford. Also, brother in law Allan W.R. Kneale and his wife Sandra, of Victoria, BC. Proud uncle of niece Lauren S. Haines (Kneale) and her husband, Andrew Haines, of Brantford, and nephew Paul J. Kneale, of London, England. Also proud uncle of nephew Paul A.K. Jones, of Brantford, and niece Erin Jones Gambacort, her husband Aaron Gambacort, and their daughter, Briar Lynn Gambacort, all of Brantford. Larry recently became the proud step father of Susan Gee's daughter, Susan Farnum and her husband Peter, of Roseneath, ON. Also proud step grandfather of Ryan and Katie Farnum. Larry married Susan J. Kneale on October 31, 1987, and they recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario in 1975, Larry built his career in Toronto, working 14 years at CIBC in the PC Acquisition and Strategic Sourcing Group, and at CIBC Insurance, The Personal Insurance Company, as director of Network Operations and Data Centre Infrastructure and Operation Services from 1999 to 2001, before starting his own IT consulting firm, contracted by Bank of Nova Scotia, as Project Manager of their Email Archive Project, 2007 - 2008, Bank of Montreal, as Senior Consultant on Windows 2000 Strategic Planning, 2001 and the Royal Bank of Canada as Project Manager/Analyst on their VISA Disaster Recovery Plan, 2002. Larry loved music, but especially loved and appreciated jazz. He supported and attended jazz festivals and events regularly and was a great fan of Frank Sinatra, whose music he often performed. He loved singing and entertaining, story and joke telling. Computers were not only his business, but his passion, and he recently took up a new hobby in model railroading. Larry loved his many pets over the years, including dogs Barney, Digby, Brutus and Sneaky, as well as cats Julie, Smokey, Shadow and Zoomer. Though soft spoken, Larry always had kind words for those around him, had a ready smile, and a great laugh. Loyal friend of many who knew him, personally or through business, he will be greatly missed by everyone, but especially by his wife, Susan. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association will be greatly appreciated.

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