A memorial service was held at the New Ross Volunteer Fire Department Hall on Saturday October 12, 2013 for the late Laurence Roland Welner who passed away on October 8, 2013. Laurence began his career with Nova Scotia Power and then was later certified in both the electrical and automotive mechanical trades. He spent time working in the Artic with the Canadian National Railway and taught courses on a wide variety of subjects including building maintenance, forestry, engine repair and many others. After retirement he opened up and managed Welner's Auto Service. His passion however was volunteering his time and knowedge to his community. He actively served for over 40 years in the New Ross Volunteer Fire Department (1958- 1998) serving in various positions including Training Officer, Deputy Chief, and Fire Chief.