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CHARLES ALBERT LAWSON - TINTON FALLS, N.J. - Charles Albert Lawson, 71, died Aug. 16, 2014, at his home in Tinton Falls, N.J., after a courageous battle with cancer for the past eight years. He was born Oct. 31, 1942, in the Bronx, N.Y., to the late Robert Bernard Lawson and Isabella (McPeake) Lawson. He grew up in the Bronx with a life rich in stories, until his family moved to Long Branch, N.J. in 1952. Charles established himself with distinction through his career, his immense enthusiasm for life, his natural gift for storytelling, his love of cards, the racetrack, and golf, and his great generosity. Charles was predeceased by his sister, Mary Lawson Van Loon. Surviving are his son, Sean Lawson, daughter-in-law, Karen Lawson; daughter, Dana Pounds and son-in-law, James Pounds; granddaughters, Ava and Jade Lawson; brother, Robert Bernard Lawson Jr. and wife, Doris Anderson; nieces, Jennifer Lawson, Christina Convertino Lawson, and Susan Conine; and nephews, Steven Lawson, Paul Van Loon, and Gerry Van Loon. Charles graduated from Monmouth University in 1964. He served in the US Coast Guard from 1967 to 1969. While stationed at Cape May, N.J., his crew performed numerous search and rescue operations in high seas and storms off the Atlantic Coast. Charles had a lifelong career in accounting as a CPA. He started in the financial district of Manhattan, where he worked his way up to the position of Senior Partner at a regional firm. He went on to found his own firm, Charles A. Lawson and Co. in Red Bank, N.J. His practice evolved and grew with partners over the years, eventually becoming Lawson, Rescinio & Schibell P.C., in Tinton Falls, N.J. Charles held CPA certifications in New York, New Jersey, and Texas. He was also an active and respected businessman, advisor and investor. Charles was noted for commitment to service. He was an avid supporter and fundraiser for Monmouth University, serving on the Board of Trustees from 1986 to 1994. During that time, he was a member of many committees and worked to establish the Robert B. Lawson scholarship in honor of his father, a fund that each year provides one full scholarship to a worthy student. Charles served on the Board of Trustees of the Monmouth Medical Center Ronald McDonald House. Charles served on the Board of United Cerebral Palsy. He served as President at Deal Golf and Country Club from 1992 to 1994, and in several offices in prior years. Charles was a member of the Long Branch Rotary and the Ocean-Monmouth Society of CPA's. He had an amazing circle of friends throughout the community, and especially at the Deal Golf and Country Club that supported him immensely when his health waivered. At the time of his death, Charles had finished a draft of a book of favorite stories from his life which will be completed shortly. Charles, we thank you for all the love you have given us. "May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind always be at your back, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand." Visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Woolley-Boglioli Funeral Home, 10 Morrell St., Long Branch, N.J. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's RC Church, Long Branch. To place a message in Charles Book of Memories, please visit In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Charles to the Ronald McDonald House, 131 Bath Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07740.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Aug. 19, 2014
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