In Memoriam - Rev. Dr. D. Laurence Mawhinney
It is with heavy hearts that the Town of Lunenburg recognizes the passing of former Mayor, Rev. Dr. D. Laurence Mawhinney, on September 15, 2020. Town flags are at half-mast for the next week in honour of his distinguished service to the community.
First elected to Town Council in 1976, Laurence served as mayor for 33 years, from 1979-2012. During that time, he served terms as president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, but he always felt that his greatest accomplishment was the successful campaign to have Lunenburg designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995. Lunenburg was only the second community in the continental U.S. and Canada to be listed. He was also named to the FCM's Roll of Honour for his contributions to municipal government in Canada. He represented this town, this province, and this country with dedication and dignity, doing us all proud.
Laurence's community service also included his ministry at several Lunenburg and area Presbyterian churches, 15 years on Lunenburg County school boards, and serving as the President of the Board for the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance.
Laurence truly made a difference in the life of our Town and he will be missed. Our sincere condolences to his wife Marion - with whom he celebrated 55 years of marriage in June - his children and grandchildren, and his many friends.
*UPDATE Obituary and memorial details here: https://www.sweenyfuneralhome.ca/book-of-memories/4332207/Mawhinney-Rev-Dr-David-Laurence-/index.php