Milan W. Lawson

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MONTPELIER - Milan Warner "Cobb" Lawson, longtime resident of Grandview Terrace, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at his home after a brief illness. He was the firstborn son of Ruth (Russell) from Waterbury Center and Fire Chief Sidney F. Lawson, on Oct. 16, 1933.
Milan graduated from Montpelier High School in 1951, Northeastern University in Boston in 1957 after a five-year program shared by the university, of six months starting first job out of high school then six months back to the university for a total of five years.
His career with the Vermont Transportation Agency spanned 45 years, retiring at age 67 after a variety of tech titles and responsibilities from first, soils engineer, to District 6 engineer, and on up the ladder, including writing numerous articles on "Safe Roads" and "Proper Salt Application." He attended highway conferences all over the United States, retiring at age 63 after 45 years.
Milan was a Freemason and past master of Aurora Lodge No. 22, F&AM. He is a noble and life member of the Shrine and served as recorder for Mount Sinai Shriners #3 for 13 years.
He also is past president of the Montpelier Cribbage League, the Nelson Pond Association of Calais-Woodbury, and was treasurer of same when he passed away.
"Cobb" was also an avid deer-hunter up to a couple of years ago when walking in deep snow became an issue, but faithfully continued even if sitting most of the time in his truck. He enjoyed many adventurers with his son, Dan, his nephew, Todd Fitch, and a variety of others and the "stories" they could tell.
Other great passions were snowmobiling with family and friends, and family membership to the Woodbury-Calais Mountain Tamers. He also had a great passion for trapshooting at the Montpelier Gun Club just outside and took many trophies at the State Shoot in his lifetime.
He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Corinne Kelley Lawson, and son, Daniel Lawson, as well as two brothers, Father Ronald Lawson and Sidney Lawson Jr., both of Montpelier. Cobb and his family members and mega-guests had spent summers on Nelson Pond since 1964.
Milan will be buried in the family plot in the Waterbury Center Cemetery on Maple Avenue.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, July 17, from 6-8 p.m. at Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School St., Montpelier.
A memorial service and Masonic memorial service will be held at the Masonic Center, Gallison Hill Road, Montpelier, on Tuesday at 1 p.m.
Online condolences may be sent to www.guareandsons.com.
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Guare & Sons Funeral Home - Montpelier
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Montpelier, VT 05602
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Published in Times Argus from July 14 to July 15, 2017
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