John R. Lawrence
1925 - 2017
Ginley Funeral Home
131 Main Street
Franklin, MA
John R. Lawrence, 92, of Franklin, MA, formerly of Stratford and Wilton, CT, passed away on July 31, 2017 at his home after a recent decline in health. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Priscilla (Rhodes) Lawrence. Born April 15, 1925 in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Linwood and Martha (Hughes) Lawrence. Besides his wife, he is survived by their 3 children, Nancy Flournoy and her husband Peter of Norwalk, CT, John Lawrence and his wife Carol of Philadelphia, PA, and Robin Cowper and her husband Scott of Franklin, MA. He has 5 grandchildren, Heidi Lawrence, Catie Lawrence and her husband Mike Smith, Leah Weston and her husband Joe, Luke Cowper, and Lauren Flournoy, and 2 great-grandchildren, Ella & Ben Payne. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Ted Lawrence and his wife Mary, of Philadelphia and predeceased by his brother, David Lawrence. John attended school in Philadelphia before enrolling in the Marine V-12 program at Yale University. He achieved the rank of 1st Lieutenant in the Marines before his discharge in 1951. He graduated from Yale in 1948 with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering. John worked in the plastics industry for nearly 40 years, retiring in 1987. John and Priscilla married in June, 1952 and lived with their 3 children in Ohio, Colorado and Connecticut. Johns favorite place was the family camp on Lower Goose Island in Casco Bay, Maine, where he amazed us with endless projects and stories. His drive to overcome any obstacle was evident in his battle with prostate cancer over the past 17 years. A memorial service will be held at his former church in CT, the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan, on September 16 at 11:00 am. More information about Johns life can be found at www.ginleyfuneralhomes. com. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via
Published by Milford Daily News on Aug. 3, 2017.
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First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan
New Canaan, CT
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My sincere condolences to the family may you find comfort in the God of all comfort during this difficult time.
September 20, 2017
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Magnolia Heights
Lisa & Fred Rash
August 19, 2017
My condolences to the family. Losing a loved one is sorrow moment that it can't be described but knowing that our God have them in his memory because they are precious at his eyes give us comfort. Psalms 116:15
August 12, 2017
Robin, Scott and Family,
Sending our Sincere condolences to your family
We are sorry for your loss
Donna & Dr. Dickinson
August 5, 2017
Robin and Scott ~ I'm sorry for your family's loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May he be at peace.
Karen Thibault
August 4, 2017
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