Lawrence L. LaMourie
Lawrence L. LaMourie of Allen Park, Mich., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.
Lawrence was born in 1931 in Manistique, Mich. A son of the Upper Peninsula, he was proud of his French Canadian heritage and having grown up in a small town. The youngest of 12 children, Lawrence was the son of Adeline (Mayou) and Omer LaMourie.
After graduating from Manistique High School, where he played football and basketball, Lawrence joined the U.S. Navy in 1952. He served as a flight engineer on a Martin PBM Mariner patrol bomber flying boat, based in Chagaramas, Trinidad. Thanks to the GI Bill, Lawrence attended Michigan State University and graduated in 1959 with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. While at MSU, he was an avid golfer and active member of Chi Epsilon, the national civil engineering honor society.
Lawrence spent most of his career in the marine construction and dredging industry. He was primarily employed by Dunbar & Sullivan Dredging Company, ending his career there as its executive vice president and chief engineer. Later he was employed with Faust Corporation, with an emphasis on environmental restoration and other challenging projects. Known to his colleagues as “Frenchy,” he was well-known and respected within the industry, having managed projects throughout the Great Lakes, New York City, and South America. He mentored many young civil engineers and took pride in following their careers.
Lawrence loved the water and outdoors, particularly in the northern woods he grew up in and around, enjoyed barbequing for his family in all weather, and was a lifelong collector of nautical antiques. He made many friendships with antique dealers, auctioneers and marine artists through the state of Michigan.
Lawrence held his Roman Catholic convictions deeply and was a man of strong faith. He was a devoted communicant at St. Frances Cabrini parish for almost 50 years.
He is survived by his spouse of 52 years, Mary Catherine; his sons, Matthew J. (Mary) LaMourie of Yarmouth, Maine; Paul C. (Christine) LaMourie of Naperville, Ill.; Patrick T. (Dawn) LaMourie of Detroit, Mich.; and daughter, Eileen T. LaMourie of New York, N.Y.
He is also survived by five grandchildren, Matthew J. LaMourie II, Jonathan H. LaMourie, Samuel K. LaMourie, Jacob P. LaMourie and Daniel F. LaMourie.