Edward W. Lawler
1923 - 2017
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Harpswell – Lt. Col. Edward W. Lawler, 93, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017, after a short illness. Born in New Haven, CT on May 26, 1923, Ed was the son of the late Daniel and Marguerite (Postelle) Lawler. Ed honorably served his country in the United States Navy during WWII in all three theatres of war. Following his discharge, he completed his education at New Haven's Hill House High School Class of 1943 and attained his Bachelor's degree in architectural landscaping in 1950 from the Utah State Agriculture College. After graduating from college, Ed joined in the United States Army where he proudly served his country for 22 years. As a highly decorated career officer and combat engineer, Ed participated in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. During the Vietnam war, Ed designed and helped build many roads and airfields in Southeast Asia that still exist today. Ed's memories of his experiences in the Navy and Army were recorded for the Library of Congress. Ed's Navy career is documented in the United States Navy Memorial. Ed married Helen Marie McDonough, an Army nurse, in 1951, in El Paso, Texas where they were both stationed at the time. Together, they shared 36 years of marriage, and raised six children while living in France, Germany, and the United States. Helen passed away in 1987. Following her death, Ed married Linda Virginia May in 1988, and they shared 29 years of marriage in Harpswell, Maine. Linda and Ed loved to travel. They made yearly pilgrimages to Patrol Craft Sailor reunions around the country. They were loyal patrons of the Maine State Music theater, and they were active members in St John's parish in Brunswick. Their favorite pastime was raising their beloved dogs, Erin and Shannon. Ed was a lifelong learner and attained his Master's in Education Degree from the University of Maine at Gorham in 1976, in pursuit of his goal to become a school teacher as a second career. Throughout his 24 years of teaching Ed taught at Portland Regional Vocational Technical Center where he was instrumental in bringing technology into the classroom. As a teacher he took great interest in helping students help themselves up by the bootstraps. Not by coincidence, enlistment into the armed services increased significantly during his tenure. Never one to sit idle, Ed remained active in community and veteran organizations. He took pride in being a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus under the auspices of Council 1947 and was a faithful participant in the Patrol Craft Sailors Association. In his free time, Ed enjoyed fishing, traveling, hunting snow shoe rabbits with his friends, and spending summers on China Lake. He loved people and people loved him. His family and friends will remember him for his tremendous sense of adventure, and his fearlessness. Ed was a very giving and generous person. Above all else, Ed had a deep love for his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He always noted how he was a rich man because of wealth of love in his family. In addition to his parents and wife, Helen, Ed was predeceased by his sister, Marie Merrill. He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda Lawler of Harpswell; daughters, Deborah Lawler of Portland, Susan Sullivan and husband Michael of Westport Island, Dr. Helen Soule and husband Russell of Portland, Marguerite Lawler and husband Robert Rohner of Portland and Eileen Worthley and husband Douglas of Portland; son, Edward Lawler and wife Vivian of East Windsor, NJ; Ed adored his grandchildren, Maura and husband Matt, Joseph and wife Amy, Daniel and wife Rachel, Marguerite, Hannah, Rachel, Leah and husband Steve, Lillian, Genevieve, Aidan and William. Ed delighted in his great-grandsons, James, Luke, Ryan, Ronan and Joshua. Ed also had great affection for Linda's children and grandchildren. Randy Carver and wife Marsali of Legrange, Jeff Carver of Buxton, Michael Carver of Limerick, Greg Carver and wife Lori of Gray, and grandchildren, Randy, Brianna, Mackenzie, and particularly Jonathan. Visiting Hours will be held on Thursday, April 6 from 4-7PM at the Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 7 at 10AM at Sacred Heart Church, 65 Mellen Street, Portland. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Broadway, South Portland. To view Lt. Col. Lawler's memorial page or to share an online condolence, please visit www.ConroyTullyWalker.com. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Knights of Columbus Council 1947, 103 Harpswell Rd., Suite 104, Brunswick, Maine 04011

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Published in The New Haven Register from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2017.
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April 8, 2017
Sorry to hear of your loss....... Mr Lawler was my teacher at Portland Regional Vocational technical School in the early 70s.Architectural engineering what a great man I remember.Great mentor! R.I.P.
April 6, 2017
Dear Lawler Family,
So very sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. Fond memories of him cheering on the PHS swim team. He always had something complimentary to say. I came in dead last one time in the breast stroke and he was standing at the end of the pool telling me how much my technique had improved!
I am sure you will miss him.
Condolences to all of you.
Shane & Lorne Ellis
April 5, 2017
My prayers and thoughts go out to your family. Mr. Lawler was both a mentor and inspiration to me while at Portland High School. He was part of my decision making process when I entered the Army in 1972 making it a career for 22 years. He will always be remembered for his teaching skills and desire to lead us into adulthood. He will fondly remembered as "Bumpa" by his first class at Portland High School "Cookie Tech".
Waldo Ward
April 5, 2017
You will be remembered forever in our heart! So honored to have shared good times at China Lake.
Cheryl Larou
April 5, 2017
Another from the 'Greatest Generation' in God's care.
Thank you for your service.
April 5, 2017
I am sorry for your loss. Remember him as the wonderful man that he was.
Barbara McHarg
April 5, 2017
Dear Family
I am glad I got to know Ed while teaching and coaching at Deering High School. A wonderful man who served his country, students and family with compassion and love!!
My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Bill Moses
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