LaRue Burley

Obituary of LaRue Burley

BURLEY, LaRue (Lou)

December 22, 1942 ~ December 9, 2020

In everything, there is a season, and in every life, there is a time.

Lou passed away peacefully at his home in Guelph on Wednesday December 9, 2020 with his family by his side. He leaves behind his wife and loving friend of 60 years Rita, his 3 children, Kim (Alan), Kelly and Doug, sister in-law Elizabeth (Betty), nephews Bob (Leslie), Ken (Brandy), Richard (Spencer), Sean (Tara), great nieces and nephews; Cody, Colton, Madison, Kurtis, Quinn, Cassidy and Kiersten.  He will be especially missed by his 3 grandchildren: Jeena Marie, Jonah and Elizabeth.  He shared a special bond and relationship with each one of them.
Predeceased by his parents Cecil and Helen, sister Elizabeth (Betty) and grandson Aaron.

Born and raised in Belleville, Lou graduated from Loyalist College and pursued a career in Purchasing Management and Distribution for many years. Later in life he fulfilled a lifelong goal and earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at the University of Waterloo.
He and Rita began their journey in 1960, they worked alongside each other with love and friendship as they raised their 3 children.  Lou was dedicated to his community coaching both Belleville minor hockey and lacrosse, sharing his love of sport with many young people.  Lou enjoyed his cottage on Pringle Lake, and was eager to share his time there with friends and family.  After moving to Scarborough in 1977, he continued to share his love of hockey and lacrosse through coaching. While in Scarborough, he and Rita made lifelong friends and enriched the lives of many.  In 1982, after arriving in Guelph, they quickly added dear friends to their village, who have provided support, care and concern over these past months.

He had a love for nature, being in the woods and walking to clear his mind.  His greatest joy came later in life, with his grandchildren Jeena Marie, Jonah and Elizabeth. From the horse barn, to the hockey rink and then to the dance studio, grandpa was there, he was the best Uber you could get. Never late, always with a Tim's treat, and your best cheering section earning him the special title “Louber”.  He lived a life of loving dedication to family and friends, a man with integrity, values and empathy for others.   We will miss him.

The family extends heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Potter and everyone in her office for the very special care of Lou and Rita always, but especially over the past few months. To the team at LHIN and Medigas, thank you for your very professional and compassionate care.  It was greatly appreciated. Finally thank you to all of our friends and neighbours.  Your care and concern, help, advice and company have made our journey easier and we appreciate each and every one of you.  

Respecting Lou's wishes there will be no visitation, and a private family burial will take place in July at St. James Cemetery in Belleville. 

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Hospice Wellington (519-836-3921), Victim Services (519-824-1212) or to the charity of your choice. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Gilchrist Chapel – McIntyre & Wilkie Funeral Home, One Delhi Street, Guelph, (519-824-0031).

Graveside Service arrangements entrusted to Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, Belleville (613-968-2273). We invite you to leave your memories and donations online.


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