William T. Lawrie
(1945-2021) William Thomas "Bill" Lawrie was born at an early age on October 3, 1945 in Kansas City, MO to Robert and Lillian Lawrie. After a series of strokes, Bill passed away on January 11, 2021 at St. Michael's Hospital in Silverdale where he received wonderful and compassionate care. Bill dictated most of this obituary from his hospital bed.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, sisters Donna and Charlene, mini Schnauzer Howie, and billions of others. Bill is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ann Wooldridge Lawrie, and all of those who are still alive to read this obituary, including his sisters Mary (Jon) Standlee and Elaine (Steve) Foss, his brothers Bob and Jim Lawrie, and Bill's two wonderful children, Tom (Shannon) Lawrie and Janet Lawrie, and former daughter-in-law Jennifer Lawrie, and his five grandchildren, Alice (Conrad), Owen, Grace, Paige and Conor, and numerous nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces. Bill also left behind his law partner of many years, Andrea Gilbert, and goddaughter, Carolyn (Cody) Hunter and her siblings and parents, Vicki and Marty Milander. Finally, Bill is survived by his many friends and Yorkie Roly Poly, who gave him so much comfort.
Bill attended the University of Washington and graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's Degree and Law Degree. He was commissioned into the Navy as a line officer in 1967 and transitioned to the JAG Corps in 1970. He remained in the Navy Reserves until 1994 when he retired with the rank of Captain.
Bill practiced law in the State of Washington from 1974 to 2018. He remained an inactive member of the Missouri Bar throughout his adult life.
Bill was not in a church choir.
Nor did he play professional sports, but he was involved with PeeWee sports, including coaching soccer to spend more time with his children. Bill was one of the founding members of the Rotary Club of East Bremerton and a member of two Rotary clubs in Seattle. His favorite hobbies were model railroading and salmon fishing. He loved the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City barbeque and smoking meat in his backyard. He was a magnet for children and all animals, most likely because of his kindness and humor, and possibly because of the barbeque and smoked meat.
Bill will be remembered for his integrity, generosity, devotion to his wife and family, wicked wit, terrible puns and rich sense of humor.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a celebration of life will take place at a later date. Interment will take place at the Wooldridge family cemetery in Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, he would appreciate a donation to the Kitsap Humane Society: https://www.kitsap-humane.org/donate/