Bob Lawrie, a wonderful husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away on June 6th after a battle with Parkinson's Disease. Bob was 82 years old and would have celebrated his 55th wedding anniversary on June 20th with his wife Jan (Desenfants) Lawrie. Bob was born and lived his whole life in Sacramento. After serving our country in the Navy during the Korean War he returned home and graduated from Sacramento State University (class of 1959) where he met his wife Jan. Bob worked many years in the food sales industry and recently retired as the Recorder for the Sacramento Shrine office. A Mason and Shriner for over 55 years, Bob was extremely proud of his work which benifitted the Shriners Crippled Childrens' Hospital. In addition to being very active in the Shrine, he was an avid duck hunter who was able to hunt up until this past season. Very active in his young children's lives, he frequently coached their baseball and softball teams, giving to them that most precious of gifts: his time. Bob and Jan traveled to many wonderful places together, often with family and friends. In 2006, he voluntered to be a Civilian Volunteer for the Sacramento Sheriff's department in the event of a local emergency. Bob is survived by his wife Jan, his children Dean and Jill and their spouses Peggy Lawrie and Ben Nerone. Bob is also survived by his brother Tom Lawrie of Sacramento, his sisters-in-law Harriet Lawrie and Sally Bowlsbey, and his grandchildren Deneen and Stefani Lawrie, Gina and Kate Nerone, and many nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his parents Archie and Asta Lawrie, brother Don Lawrie, sister-in-law Sharon Lawrie, and brother-in-law Bud Bowlsbey. A memorial celebration of Bob's life will be held on Monday, July 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the Shrine Center at 3262 Marysville Blvd., Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Bob's name to the Shrine Childrens' Hospital, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 8, 2014