Jim Lawrie has been a fixture of Hua Hin for many years but we learned of his passing on Thursday. Jim initially came to Hua Hin during the Canadian winters when the golf club he was associated with, Spruce Needles Golf Course, was closed for the winter months.
Jim was with this golf course from the out-set, one of the original 12 Horsemen, who first met to discuss the possibility of opening a new course in the Porcupine in August of 1958.
Their idea for a new course was apparently spot on as the course opened in the fall of 1960 and is still a popular course in the area today.
As Jim got older, he started spending more time in Hua Hin and eventually rented a home and then bought one.
He was active with the Milford Country Club, south of Hua Hin, and worked as a teaching Pro there.
In his off hours, he could often be found at Billy’s, or John and Ya’s places, playing Yahtzee or cribbage.
He also liked visiting Wat Bo Fai, where he would feed the huge fish in their ponds.
Jim had been ill for a while and hadn’t gotten out much, spending much of his time on the front porch of his home.
We don’t yet know the details of the cremation but hopefully someone will let me know or leave a note in the comments below.
Jim will be missed by many in Hua Hin and many more who met him when they come through town.
We were told that they were waiting for Jim’s sister to arrive from Canada before making any arrangements. Today we understand that Jim was cremated on 24 Nov 2013.