Graveside services for Lawrence B. Lawton, age 81 of Cemetery Road will be held privately for his family at the Flackville Cemetery. Mr. Lawton died Saturday (July 23, 2011) at his home. Arrangements are with the Fox & Murray Funeral Home.
Surviving are his children, Paula Hillis and husband Alex of Cambridge, Bern Lawton, Timothy Lawton and wife Marion of Ogdensburg, Susan Shannon and husband Mitchell of Ogdensburg and Sandy Gauthier of Phoenix, AZ; brother Leo Lawton and wife Nora of Ogdensburg; sisters Rosalee Bloss and husband Chuck of Lakeport, Janice Norton and husband Mills of Canton, and Lori Rienhardt and husband Richard of Otisco; grandchildren Betsy Brander and husband Chad Underwood, Alexander Hillis III, Lawrence Hillis, Joshua Hillis, Carrie Lawton and companion Joe Moore, Cindy Lawton and companion Nigel Austin, Brian Lawton, Patrick Lawton, Benjamin Lawton and fiancé’s Wendy Chapin, Jonathan Morley and companion Jeanette DeLorme, Emily Morley and companion William Moeglein, Alicen Morley and companion Kristopher Lee, Elena Gauthier, and Andre Gauthier; and several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by the love of his life Patricia Pierce; and eight siblings, Lloyd “Bert”, Robert, Ronald, Delbert, Alford ‘Fred”, Jon, Dixie and Mary Lawton.
Larry was born on September 21, 1929 in Stone Mills, a son of the late Lloyd & Alice (Halladay) Lawton. He graduated from the George Hall Trade School and was enlisted in the US Navy from 1948-1955. He married Patricia R. Pierce on December 2, 1950, and worked briefly for Tenant Electric in Potsdam before operating a dairy farm in 1957. He is best known for starting and operating the family business Lawton Electric with sons Bern and Tim. One of his fondest memories is of driving the Euclids or “Eucs” during the development of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
He enjoyed reading, writing poetry, hunting, fishing, driving tractors, and most of all spending time with his family.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Richard E. Winter Cancer Center. Online condolences can also be made to the family at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.