John Wesley Lawrence
John Wesley Lawrence, 80, died Sunday, July 30, 2017, on Sanibel Island, Florida. He leaves his wife of 36 years, Karen Lawrence; his five children: John Wesley Lawrence, Jr. (m. Elizabeth Wray Lawrence), Kirstin, Kenneth, Katie, and Colby Lawrence; and four grandchildren: Kelsey and John Wesley Lawrence III (Jack), and Heidi and Mitchell Klockenbrink.
John was born to Frederick Theodore Lawrence, Jr. and Beatrice Appleton in Summit, NJ, where he was raised with his five brothers; Frederick III, Robert, and Alan Lawrence, Nick and Chuck Harroun.
His undergraduate degree was from Cornell University in Agriculture in 1955. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He found his way to finance with Merrill Lynch first in Chicago, IL then Burlington, VT, where he stayed most of his professional career.
The Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX win was a huge highlight for him, and his beloved Cubbies winning the World Series 2016 culminated his lifelong love of Chicago sports.
John's profound sense of humor and love of family are his lasting legacy.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's memory to Clinic of Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), online at www.crowclinic.org
or sent to CROW, P.O. Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957.
Services will be held at Sanibel Community Church, Friday, August 4.
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Published by The Burlington Free Press on Aug. 2, 2017.