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Donald E. Lawrence

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of Westminster, Army Vet; 82

WESMINSTER -- Donald E. Lawrence "Don", 82, passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, 2012, at his home in Westminster, after a short illness.

Mr. Lawrence was born September 28, 1930, in Westminster to the late Eric and Eva Lawrence (Rameau).

Mr. Lawrence served in the US Army and was stationed in Europe during the Korean Conflict, where he attained the rank of Corporal.

Following the war, he returned home to Fitchburg, MA and married Lillian (Simard) Lawrence. The couple lived in Fitchburg in a home built by Mr. Lawrence's father-in-law. The marriage produced two daughters, the late Donna Lawrence (Holstrom) and Paula Lawrence.

Mr. Lawrence, an industrious man, worked for Doehla Greeting Card Company of Nashua, NH, as a plant engineer for 37 years. Following his employment at Doehla, he went to work for I.C. Federal Credit Union, where he was responsible for landscaping and general maintenance of all Credit Union branches.

After his retirement from I.C., Don worked for nearly 15 years at St. Joseph's Parish in Fitchburg, as a handyman and cemetery maintenance worker. Don was a skilled craftsman in woodworking and built the Easter candleholder that is used annually at the Church.

Don loved the outdoors and put his adept landscaping skills to good use at his home in Westminster, where he enjoyed cultivating gardens and beautiful flowers to share and view with his fellow horticultural fans and family.

In 1994, Mr. Lawrence moved with his wife to their summer home on Wyman Pond in Westminster on a permanent basis. There, he was a frequent sight, driving his blue pontoon boat accompanied by his wife, friends, and family.

An avid sportsman and hunter, Mr. Lawrence was known to enjoy fishing trips to Lake Wacanichi in Chaboogamoo Canada, as well as New Hampshire. Don's strong work ethic extended to his physical fitness, and well into his senior years he exercised at Global Gym in Leominster. Don was also a competitive pitch and pool player, who enjoyed winning almost as much as he hated losing. Mr. Lawrence was a previous member of the Forty and Eight and a lifetime member of the American Legion, Post No. 429, where he served as Commander in the 1970s and 1980s and amongst other positions was part of the post team that implemented the Bingo Charity Games.

Mr. Lawrence is remembered as an adoring and affable man, whose boundless love was felt by all who knew him.

He leaves behind a wife, of 58 years, Lillian (Simard); pre-deceased daughter, Donna (Holstrom) of Gardner; daughter, Paula Lawrence and companion, William Maynard of Fitchburg; grandson, Stephen Holstrom and wife, Amelia of Manchester, CT; granddaughter, Lauryn Donaldson, husband, Shane, and great-grandchildren, Kaylie & Jacob of West Boylston; sister, Shirley Nolette and husband, Leo of Westminster; pre-deceased sister, Eveline "Sister" Leger and husband, Joseph "Fat" Leger of Westminster; son-in-law, Gary Holstrom and wife, Anne of Gardner; as well as many nieces, nephews, and members of extended family.

LAWRENCE -- A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph's Church, 49 Woodland Street, Fitchburg, on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at
10 a.m. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph's Church at the above address or - of Worcester, 7 Oak Street, Worcester MA 01609. The funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg.

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise from Nov. 15 to Nov. 18, 2012
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