Veteran of WWII, RCAF, member Royal Canadian Legion, passed away at Guelph General Hospital surrounded by family, on Monday, November 18, 2013, at age 99, three months shy of his 100th birthday. LaVerne lived most of his life in Sarnia, relocating to Puslinch (Guelph) seven years ago to live with his son and daughter-in-law. Predeceased by his wife Winnie (2002), grandson Bob Inglis (2006), and sister Thelma Snell (Charles). He is survived by his son Paul (Gayle) of Puslinch; daughter Mary Inglis (Dick) of Thunder Bay; granddaughters Laura Valente (Joe) of Thunder Bay, Susan Gauvin (Christian) of Ilderton, and Samantha Rice of Lindsay; and great-grandchildren Michael and Julia Valente. Also survived by his brother-in-law Gordon Savage and nephew Stephen Snell (Karen). Following his World War II service, LaVerne managed the KIST soft drink bottling plant in Sarnia until the plant was sold, and then worked for Catalytic Construction until his retirement. An avid car buff, he could name and show you a photo of all 21 cars that he owned in his lifetime, beginning with his 1923 Overland and ending two years ago with his Oldsmobile Aurora. Taught by his mother, LaVerne loved to play piano and organ, sometimes from sheet music but often just by ear. For nearly a century LaVerne enjoyed a quality of life that enabled him to make the most of each day. Only in his last three months did his health decline, and the family is most grateful to the medical staff at Guelph General Hospital, and CCAC and its many care partners who treated him with such compassion and caring. An open-house reception for friends and family will be held at the SMITH FAMILY CENTRE (in front of Smith Funeral Home) 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, November 23, 2013, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. A private family service and interment at Lakeview Cemetery, Sarnia, will be held at another time. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Foundation of the Guelph General Hospital, either through their website www.gghfoundation.ca or at the funeral home (cheques only at the funeral home please) would be appreciated. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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