It is with the deepest sadness that we must report the passing of Madison’s previous owner, Laurence Cater, August 25, 2016.
On the advice of his father-in-law, Laurie bought this publishing company from Peter Madison in 1973. The two worked together for five years.
Laurie retired as publisher of Madison’s Lumber Reporter and Madison’s Canadian Lumber Directory in 2008.
[ It was just the two of us in the office in North Vancouver. On a dreary February day when there was not much happening in the lumber market and I was working on the Canadian sawmill Directory, I would say to Laurie, “Oh, so-and-so is now VP at such-and-such.” He would set up on the bookcase behind me, with his nuclear strong cup of black coffee, and say, “I remember when he worked for Crown Zellerbach…” and just talked for two hours. Like a sponge I absorbed his words. -ed ]