Treve "Cowboy" Lawrance

Treve Lawrence one of the founders of this website
passed away on Sunday afternoon 13 May 2012.

In Memory of Treve Lawrance

It’s hard to think of Treve without smiling.

That is the sort of fellow he was, always full of good humour, what a fantastic guy, what a friend, what a lot he meant to us all.

…and today I won’t be able to do him justice

Treve’s trademark was his smile and the way he could make us smile and laugh. But beneath that smile was a genuinely good, caring and reliable person.
He had a wicked sense of humour. Woe betides anybody who tried to pull a fast one on Trevie – he would get his own back 10 times over.

Treve may have left us now, but he has left us with memories. For me I call these Treve Moments – Let me share a few Treve Moments with you.

Now, when ever I hear the word “Cowboy”, I have a Treve Moment …… and smile.

Treve’s Uncle Justine was a mining engineer working in Canada. Uncle Justine had given Treve some Canadian mining boots. On Treve’s first day at South Crofty he proudly wore the boots underground – only to be ridiculed for his Cowboy boots. And that name stuck for more than 35 years.
Treve was proud to have been part of Crofty. He had many “tickets” – qualifications allowing you to do certain underground jobs, he had his blasting ticket, his tramming ticket, his bell ringing ticket. He used to say he never did get his “bucket ticket” – it was a sh…..ifting job anyway!
I used to regularly bump into Treve underground when he was a checker – counting the amount of wagons going back to the shafts. And we would sit down for a few minutes and yarn.
On one occasion I was wearing one of those fancy new digital watches. “What’s that he said?”. I explained, he looked at it, there was nothing on the display “how do you tell the time then” – “push this button and it lights up” I said. “huh” he replied. He dug into his pocket and brought out an old battered fob watch with one hand, he looked at his watch told me the time, I looked at my new digital watch pushed the button, and he was spot on.
Now I will leave you to imagine the mirth and the language he used comparing the old and new, …… and the smile on his face. And everytime we met underground he would pull out his watch and say “well boy, I’ll tell you what time it is” and he was right!

Now, when ever I see a clock with one hand – I have a Treve Moment …. and smile.

Treve was loyal and trusted. He was soon brought to surface to work in the ventilation department, In the early days of computers he wasn’t afraid to use them. His main responsibility was going underground measuring temperature and the direction the air moved.
They used a piece of equipment called a smoke tube which would give off puffs of smoke so you could see which way the air was travelling.
On one occasion he called me into his office – there was something wrong with his computer. I sat down and tried to sort it out and smoke started billowing from it. It was not until the laughter started that I realised what he had done.
Now, when ever I see one of those old fashioned computers – I have a Treve Moment …. and smile.

Treve left Crofty,  but Crofty never left Treve.

Every time we met, the conversation would quickly (degenerate !) back to Crofty, the places underground, the near accidents we had, the characters we knew, the fun we had, who we had met recently, who had passed on.
His memory of the underground workings was amazing; he remembered every drive, every stope.
Whilst at Crofty he was often the guide taking professional photographers around the mine, sometimes appearing in the photos himself. Last week I had a Treve Moment – there he was in a photo at Heartlands on the site of South Crofty …. and I smiled and thought “how appropriate”

Treve was totally reliable and genuine.

Treve the Gadgetman

Treve loved technology and gadgets. In his camper van, in his house, computers, electronics, sat nav he was there, he understood it.
Take Photography. He came to our daughters’ weddings. His amateur photos were far better than the professional ones – and they are the ones we look at – and we have a Trevie Moment ….. and we smile!
Most recently he was into generating electricity from sun light. Today would have been a good day for him (bright sunlight outside)

Treve has left us with many memories ….. and smiles.

In conclusion: Elsie and family – you must be finding it very difficult to smile.

If the smile is not on our faces, it’s in our hearts.

We are smiling for you.

 Stephen Lay work colleague and friend.