We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Donald Andrew Laut on January 13, 2019 at home after a brave and all-too-brief battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Marianne Zorić and proud and loving father to Nicholas. Son to Don and Jeannette (Hartviksen) and later Jack O’Hara. Son-in-law to Joe and Stefica, brother to Bill and Rob, brother-in-law to Dolly, Joe and Diana, Terezia and Rich, and Vendelin. Delighted uncle to Aiden, Ryan, and Matthew. He leaves behind numerous aunts and uncles and cousins as well. Appreciative and kind friend to Joan and Charles, Jane and Sorel, Isadora, and countless others. He was profoundly grateful for the care and support he received from these friends, including Marina and Alex, who were never far during the days of his illness and rendered invaluable assistance.
Highly respected and indeed even loved by his colleagues at the Immigration and Refugee Board where he was a Member, he was a calm voice of reason in his work and a supportive colleague who mentored many. Caring and responsible, he looked after his mother`s needs, was a pillar of support to his in-laws and to his family at home. Andrew cared deeply about the environment and was passionate about electric cars, especially his Tesla Model 3. He proudly shared his knowledge about its wonders with any curious person. He loved the beach and swimming, science fiction literature especially Heinlein and the Harry Potter novels for their message of the triumph of love. A SpaceX and Elon Musk fan, he was excited by the rocket launches, one of which he attended, and the possibilities of space exploration. His love of Bruce Springsteen only grew stronger over the years. As his family and friends know, when he loved, he loved. Even at the end, he considered himself blessed.
Friends may call at Turner & Porter - Neweduk-Erin Mills Chapel, 1981 Dundas Street West, Mississauga, Thursday from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm (prayers at 8:30). Funeral Mass to be held at Merciful Redeemer Church, 2275 Erin Centre Blvd, Mississauga on Friday, January 18 at 10 am. Cremation at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, or the Canadian Food For Children charity.