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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: Odette Misiewich
Relation: friend

Our sincere condolences to Doreen, and the rest of the Lawton families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. from Bill and Odette Misiewich

From: Jean Petruk
Relation: friend

My deepest sympathy to DOREEN, and her family.

From: Dave and Donna Brown
Relation: Friend

Our deepest sympathy to Doreen and all of Paul’s family. Paul was a great friend to all of us at Mann Lake over the years. I have many happy memories of riding his horses, stopping at the farm to chat with Paul and Doreen on our bike rides around the lake and always being encouraged to put together an entry for the Ashmont Parade. He will be missed but we’re thankful to have known such a wonderful man.

From: Lydia Misiewich
Relation: Father of my friend, and neighbour in the community.

Sad to hear of Paul’s death. I’ll always remember him from gymkhana events, horseback riding and visiting with Deb. My condolences to everyone in the family.

From: Vince & Ellen Tkachyk
Relation: Friend

Our condolences to the Lawton family.

From: Joanne Windiuk (nee Nelson)

Doreen, Deb, Janice, Lance, Lee, Lynn & families: I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. I know this is a very sad and difficult time for you and your family. You have my very deepest sympathy.

From: Rhonda (Nelson) Sorensen

So sorry to hear of your loss. My sincerest condolences to the family.

From: Barbara Burns
Relation: neighbor and friend

Our Dad’s were neighbors and friends for several years. Both active in the community, both family men, both men who loved their animals. My Dad always spoke highly of Paul and valued their friendship which continued many years after Dad left the Boscombe community. My condolences on the loss of your Dad. I’m sure like mine, your dear old Dad will be sorely missed. Sincerely Barbara Burns (oldest daughter of Dave Burns).

From: Therese Leroux Rudiger
Relation: Our family knew the Lawton family from Ashmont School.

My condolences on the passing of Paul, your husband. My family knew the Lawton family , we attended the Ashmont School. I was a student of yours and loved when you played the piano and taught us to sing. I believe you taught me in grade seven.
I remember when you and Paul began dating, you were a lovely couple. Bless you and your family.

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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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