Lawrence Truckey - Hometown Hero

Onoway and District Historical Guild recognized Lawrence Truckey's accomplishments through a “Hometown Hero” exhibit at the Onoway Museum.

Lawrence Truckey was born in 1934, the third of Agnes and Andrew Truckey’s four children. The family lived in Onoway and he took all his schooling in Onoway, graduating in 1951.

Lawrence played hockey and baseball from a very early age. Later, curling became Lawrence’s favorite sport. After he retired, became a member of the St. Albert Curling Club and competed very successfully at the regional and provincial level.

Andrew Truckey owned a trucking business and Lawrence drove for him as soon as he got a license, driving both the truck and school bus. In 1954 Lawrence bought the business, then sold it two years later.

Lawrence married Mabel Westerlund in 1954.

Lawrence enrolled in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta and began teaching in 1955. In addition to teaching, he drove a school bus and took evening classes, obtaining his B.Ed. in 1960. He took a year’s leave in order to obtain his M.Ed. in 1964.


Lawrence played many roles in the educational system of the County of Lac Ste. Anne No. 28:

  • Junior-senior high teacher - Beaupré School
  • Principal - Mayerthorpe School (grades 1-12, 800 students)
  • Assistant Superintendent -County of Lac Ste. Anne No. 28
  • Principal - Onoway School (grades 1 – 12, 900 students)
  • Teacher/Vice-principal – Onoway Elementary School
  • Superintendent – County of Lac Ste. Anne No. 28

Truckey Family 1966In 1966 - 1968 Lawrence and his young family lived in St. Lucia, West Indies, where he was an instructor at St. Lucia Teachers College under a government External Aid program. He also instructed teachers in Uganda in summer 1971 under the Canadian Teachers Federation.

Lawrence was involved in many community organizations but was especially instrumental in the Onoway and District Agricultural Society leading up to the building of the Onoway Arena.

At heart, Lawrence was a farmer and farmed most of his adult life. He was the first farmer I the district to purchase a round baler. In 1979 he purchased a farm and made that his career until 1984 when he was named Superintendent of the County of Lac Ste. Anne. No.28.


Last Updated: August 29, 2014