LAWRENCE, Michael Cannon age 69, of Clearwater, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. He was born to the late Harold and Margaret Lawrence in Hartford, CT. Michael graduated from the Loomis School in 1961, received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1965 and went on to receive an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1971. After serving as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve, Michael and his wife, Nancy, moved to Clearwater in 1971. Founded by Nancy's parents in 1954, Michael and Nancy were longtime owners of the Ace Liquor stores in Clearwater. He enjoyed cold beer, Bucs games, Yale athletics and attending many Clearwater Central Catholic sporting events. When he wasn't following sports, he was cheering on his daughter at horse shows or playing board games with his granddaughter Caroline Grace Katko. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nancy Golden Lawrence; his daughter, Jennifer Lawrence Katko; son-in-law, Andrew William Katko; granddaughter, Caroline Grace Katko; sister, June Lawrence Rickard (David); and nephews and nieces. A celebration of life will be held from 11:30am-3 pm, Saturday, Nov. 23rd, at Capogna's Dugout, 1653 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33756. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Suncoast Hospice, Clearwater, or to the Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa. www.mossfeasterclearwater.com
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Nov. 21, 2013