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May 12, 1934 - July 4, 2019


With great sadness our family announces that Paul Lawton has made his last journey on the cowboy’s trail, moved his last herd of cattle, thrown his last curve ball, and flung his final lasso. He departed peacefully at St. Therese Hospital in St. Paul, Alberta on Thursday, July 4 at the age of 85 years. Paul was born in Vilna, Alberta and grew up on the family ranch near Ashmont, Alberta. He attended school at Rocky Bay, and then continued his education at Ashmont School where he graduated. He went on to ranch for many, many years on the land he bought and cherished. He was an avid baseball pitcher, and enjoyed many years as a threat on the mound. Known for his wicked curve ball, slider and fastball, he left opponents swinging and missing. In his senior years he won many horseshoe competitions at the “Senior Provincial Games”.

Paul ranched with his wife Doreen until he was no longer able. He was a cowboy at heart and he taught his children to work hard, play, enjoy sports, and take challenges head on. Paul loved to train his horse teams and provide sleigh rides for his family every Christmas or whenever the opportunity arose. There are so many memories to cherish. Paul was a devoted member of the community, a reliable and helpful neighbor, and a great friend. He always took the time to listen and laugh, and he brought joy to many.

Paul leaves to mourn his loving wife of 62 years, Doreen; children, Debra (Dolfe Oberg) Jackson, Janice (Ed) Strautman, Lance Lawton, Lee (Kristi Fletcher) Lawton & Lynn (Paul) Paquin; 8 grandchildren, Joshua, Leiha & Emma Jackson, Jacob & Ben Strautman, Paige & Jorja Paquin, & one in heaven; 3 brothers, David (Ritta) , Jack (Janet) & Bob (Lorraine); numerous nieces, nephews and relatives; along with old friends, team roping friends & horse-shoeing companions. Paul was predeceased by his parents, Howard & Marian Lawton; and his grandson, Liam Lawton.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Ashmont Agri-plex, Ashmont. Mr. Steve Upham will be Master of Ceremonies, followed by a cowboy sendoff as Paul is taken to his final resting ground in Ashmont Community Cemetery, Ashmont. Lunch to follow at the Agri-plex. We would like to extend thanks for the help he received at the St. Paul Extendicare and the St. Therese Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haying in the 30s (Cancer Support Society) or Alzheimer Society c/o 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1. To send condolences online, please visit www.gracegardensfuneralchapel.com.

GRACE GARDENS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1 780-645-2677


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From: Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel

Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Guy & Lois Bouchard
Relation: Friend

Sending sincere condolences to the Lawton family. Paul was a true community supporter and will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. 🙏🏻❤️

From: Deanna Krankowsky
Relation: Family friends

My sincere condolences to Doreen and family.

From: Louise & Gerry Kievits

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families.

From: sherry & wayne fithen
Relation: friends

Our condolences to the Lawton family he will be missed

From: Louise Dunning
Relation: Very Good friend in cowboy life fun and his talks

Yes one less Cowboy but remember God was preparing a room for him a great person and Dear friend as well RIP Paul you made it to Father,s house God our father

From: Terry and Chris Ostapiw
Relation: Friend

It is with great sadness to hear of Paul’s passing. Paul always had a ready smile and helping hand for all that he met along his journey in life. Our hearts and prayers go out to the whole family during this difficult time. Our deepest condolences for your tremendous loss. It is also with sadness that we are not here to attend the funeral on Friday.

From: Linnette Newby
Relation: Friend

So sorry to the Lawton Family in the loss of Dad, Hubby, brother and grandpa u will be missed Paul, to every family member please take care.

From: Merle Ewonus
Relation: Friend

We are so very sad and sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. We have fond loving memories of past times enjoyed. Our sympathy to Doreen and all the family. Merle and Greg Ewonus and family. Calgary

From: Marielle and Don Dagenais
Relation: Friend

Doreen and family so sorry for your Loss. Paul was a beautiful man and you could see the love of life he had. He had such love and dedication for Doreen. Sorry we will be unable to attend funeral. Sending hugs.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
July 12, 2019
Beginning at 11:00am

Ashmont Agri-plex

Ashmont, AB Canada

Ashmont, AB Canada

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Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

Haying in the 30s (Cancer Support Society)

Alzheimer Society

c/o 5626 51 Street, St. Paul, AB  T0A 3A1.

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