John Stanley Lawrence
Age: 70 • Grand Isle
John Stanley Lawrence, 70, died peacefully on Thursday, June 30, 2016 in the Burlington Health & Rehabilitation Center.
John was born November 15, 1945 in Grand Isle, the son of George and Mary (Letourneau) Lawrence.
He graduated from Milton High School in 1965 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive.
Following his discharge in 1968, he married Sue Tebeau on April 20th, 1968 in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grand Isle.
John worked for ECI, then Fassett's Bakery, with a bread route through the Islands.
He campaigned for Sheriff while delivering bread, and was elected Sheriff on February 1, 1973, which he served until his retirement in 2003.
John was very active in serving his community, serving on the Grand Isle Fire Dept., a founding member of the Grand Isle Rescue, and continued serving with the North Hero Fire Dept. At one point, John was the Grand Isle Sheriff, North Hero Fire Chief and the Rescue Chief of Grand Isle and North Hero.
John is survived by his wife Sue of Grand Isle, his sons John Paul Lawrence of Clifton Park, NY & Wade Lawrence and his fiancé Sandy of Grand Isle, his grandchildren Darren and Gordon, his brothers and sisters Dick Lawrence & wife Arlene of Manchester, CT, Ellen Deo of Grand Isle, Mike Lawrence of Grand Isle, Mark Lawrence & his wife Vicky of Grand Isle, Peter Lawrence of Malta, NY and Mary Lawrence of Burlington his sisters-in-law Liz Lawrence of Milton, Brigit Lawrence of Grand Isle and Irene Lawrence of Vernon, CT, his mother-in-law Theresa Steady of Grand Isle, sister-in-law Betty Hurlbut & husband Daniel of Ormand Beach, FL and by several nieces and nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, and brothers Gary, Jim, Joe, Edwin and Thomas Lawrence, and his sister Linda Prouty, and his brother-in-law Donald Deo.
Thank you for all that you have done, Dad. You were a great father, giving so much to your family, town, county and country. You will very much be missed and loved.
Rest in Peace,
Memorial contributions in John's memory may be made to Grand Isle/North Hero Rescue, P.O. Box 79, Grand Isle, VT 05458.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 from 4-8pm in the Minor Funeral Home in Milton. A private burial will be in the family lot in the Grand Isle Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Online condolences may be made to www.minorfh.com
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Published by The Burlington Free Press on Jul. 3, 2016.