Obituary of Larry Harold Trask
Larry Trask, 76, of Regina, SK, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 16, 2023. Dawn, his wife of 50 years, and his trusted companion Misty were by his side. Gramps is lovingly remembered by Dawn; children Tamara and Jeremy (Kimberly); grandchildren Megan (Bhaskar), Sarah, Kayli, Sebastian, Hannah, Jadah, and Kaelan; and his fresh great-grandson Adi. He will also be remembered by his sister-in-law Betty (Wayne); brother-in-law Gavin; Aunt Edith; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Larry was predeceased by his parents Ruth and Ralph; and brothers Roy, Don, and Byron. He was also predeceased by his wife’s parents Edwin and Elsie Smith; sisters-in-law Sherry Clarke and Linda Lowdon; and brother-in-law, Ron Lowdon.
Larry spent much of his time outdoors throughout his life and loved to fish and camp. He spent his early years as a conservation officer, working in the wilderness of northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Larry applied his knowledge of plants and animals to his work, and he observed the personalities and movement of animals in their natural setting. He later used his observations in the creation of his beautiful life-like art pieces.
Larry and Dawn began their life together touring Australia. They were married there, and their children were born during the Australia days. Interestingly, some of his grandchildren are now pursuing citizenship as a result. Larry took his teacher education training in Australia and taught there and in New Zealand before returning home. In Canada, he worked with all ages of students in multiple communities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He had a lasting impact on his students as a committed and passionate teacher who would go above and beyond. In later years, Larry made artwork his career. He was known for his stone sculptures, and he exhibited them throughout Canada and the USA. Larry mentored other artists in his craft and encouraged their creativity. He enjoyed expressing his understanding of nature in his sculptures and paintings. Larry captured the beauty of everyday life in his storytelling and through his artwork.
We all enjoyed his unique take on what we saw on our walks. Larry and his dog walked the trails of White Butte daily for the past thirteen years of his retirement. He posted a birdhouse painted by his grandchildren out at the butte and checked on its occupants regularly. Gramps combined his love of teaching with his love of family through homeschooling Jadah in natural sciences at White Butte.
Larry was very involved in his community through the years. He and Dawn initiated the Qu’Appelle Banner Project and were instrumental in the Qu’Appelle Community Players: acting, directing, and anything else that needed to be done. In later years, he helped out at mountain bike races either in the feed zone or out on course while Jeremy’s family participated. Larry also helped out at the Regina Floral Conservatory.
Special thank you to those who made Larry’s cancer journey easier: Dr. Bester, Julie, Dr. Salim, Dr. Bashir, and the caring staff at Palliative Home Care, Allan Blair Centre, Pasqua Hospital 3B, and Grace Hospice. We really appreciate your love and care for Larry and our family.
A Come and Go Celebration of Larry’s life will be held from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Friday, April 21, 2023, at the Regina Floral Conservatory, 1450B 4th Ave, Regina, SK. Memorial donations may be made to your favourite charity or the food bank.