Laurie Blackwood Pike was born in 1944 at Stanhope, Newfoundland. When he was four years old, his parents decided to move to Canada. Since he was not yet in school and did not have steady work, he decided to go with them. (Like you would)
He first sang publicly in his father’s Church choir and at 15 joined a men’s Gospel group–The Berean Quartet. They performed around Yarmouth Nova Scotia at the Town Mission, The Knights of Columbus, etc.
In his adult years he has performed only occasionally in public, usually at the gigs of musician friends. He prefers the intimacy of a kitchen party, or working with his Musical Muse—Hockey Gale in the studio late at night.
A Businessman and Commercial Traveller, by occupation, he currently works as Business Development Manager with a national chain of Hardware and Building Supply stores.
He is married to Kathleen Pike, a visual artist, and crafter and has one daughter, Laurie Shannon, who lives next door in Hillsborough, N.B.
He is not a grandfather, but got the nickname, Grandpa, when his hair went gray in his late 20’s.
In 1986 he bought a rural General Store, developed a logo and trade style and branded the business Grandpa Pike’s. His unique store was profiled in the hardware industry’s Hardware Merchandising magazine.
In recent years he has used the name Grandpa Pike for charity work.
In 2007 he partnered with The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada,
[Newfoundland-Labrador Chapter], to release a music CD.
“The Will To Live” contains Country, Irish, Folk and Gospel tunes and is still selling, and raising money for The Wish.
In 2009, again with The Wish, he produced a Gospel/ Christmas CD.
This CD entitled “For Christ’s Sake!” was released November 9th 2009.
Grandpa Pike likes: Farmall tractors, Audi cars, Tim Horton’s, old farm equipment, music, Mary Brown’s, radio, animals, and he loves: anyone who needs his help, his family and God.