Wooden Sticks head pro passes suddenly

I’ve have a couple of notes recently asking me to post something about the sudden passing of Laurie Buckland, the head pro of Wooden Sticks in Uxbridge, who died after a short battle with cancer. I didn’t know him, but have had many who I respect say he was a terrific guy:

Leaving broken hearts behind, Laurie passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side, after a short but valiant fight with cancer. He leaves “the light and love of his life” Renee, his much loved and respected sons Jordan(Dawn) and Jeremy(Andrea), his adored grandchildren Quinn, Grace, Marlee, Rowan,Lohan and Jessa who brought him great joy. Laurie also leaves his loving and loved sisters Patricia(Harry) and Charlotte as well as his dear sister in law Margie and brothers in law Harry, Neil, and Allan, cousin in law Jane and many nieces and nephews. He will be sorely missed by mother in law Lena and Aunt Marg. Laurie is predeceased by his parents Ellen and Len Buckland and father in law Neil Currie. Special love and thanks to Laurie’s “brother” and best buddy Paul Berry. Thank you as well to Dr. Bill Featherston and nurse Muriel Cartner for their help and compassion during this very difficult time. Laurie was a long time member of the Canadian Professional Golf Association and was a much respected golf professional at the Aurora Highlands Golf Club, Bradford Highlands and most recently was the Director of Golf at Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge. A private family funeral will be held on January 12th at Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, Newmarket. Friends are invited to gather at Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge on January 19th between 1:00 and 4:00 to celebrate Laurie’s life and share their special memories of him. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Brain Tumour Research Centre at Sick Kids Hospital, or the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre at Southlake.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently a columnist with and Ontario Golf, and a contributing writer to ScoreGolf, his blog, Going for the Green, was launched in 2004.

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  • Very sorry to hear about Laurie’s passing. I had the opportunity to meet Laurie on many occasions and a nicer man and more competent, complete Golf Professional you could not find.

    My condolences to all his family, friends and everyone connected with Wooden Sticks. There is no question he will be missed.

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