Gerald Lawrence
Age 81 of Marco Island, FL and Landenberg, PA passed on October 1, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Rita Duffy Lawrence, and his sons Gerald (Stefanie Porges) and Brennen (Whitney Lawrence). He was proud to be "PopPop" to five grandchildren: Grace, Anna, Rose, William and Virginia. Born to David Leo Lawrence and Alice Goldin Lawrence, he graduated Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, and then LaSalle College in Philadelphia. He served in the United States Air Force and as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party before beginning a long career in the horse racing industry, including senior leadership positions at Yonkers Raceway, Churchill Downs, the New York Racing Association and Autotote - Scientific Games. In retirement, he was active in his church and community, and held the rank of Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the James A. Finnegan Foundation (, for which he served as a director for 43 years. Burial will be private.

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Condolences to the family. Remember Gerry from Central. He was two years behind me, but hung around like a little brother. So admired his father, our great Pittsburgh mayor and state's governor and Gerry was a special lad. Central days were the greatest. But as our burial liturgy and Mass formula states: "Life has not ended, merely changed" and we recognize Gerry again in the life hereafter while we are comfortably enfolded in the arms of our Merciful Father.
Col. Blandin (Bill) Karabinos '55
November 6, 2020
David Harrison
October 16, 2020
I worked with Jerry at NYRA from to 94. He was a great mentor and learned a lot from him. His stories about his dad and Art Rooney were priceless. Always liked him and Rita.
Dick Powell
October 7, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to Gerry’s wife Rita and his children. We have been friends for a lifetime and although not seeing each other that often, our friendship has always lasted throughout our many years together. Our prayers are to wish Gerry comfort in the arms of Our Lord God.
Sandy and Pat Rooney
October 6, 2020
We had so many good times together from dinners to football games to Disney! You were such a good friend and you will be missed so very much. We send our love to Rita and her entire family and will keep them in our prayers during this difficult time.

Love John & Paula Caltabiano

Matthew 11:28 ~ Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Paula Lindskog Caltabiano
October 5, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving.
Simone Taylor
October 4, 2020
A very professional leader who was well-liked during his years at Churchill Downs.
Mike Sadler
October 4, 2020
It was an honor and privilege to call Jerry our friend. He will be missed dearly. Our condolences and prayers go out to Rita and the Lawrence Family. May he Rest in Peace. God Bless him. Love
Ed and Caren Eastwood
October 3, 2020
Gerry was a dear friend and an a true Christian. I will miss him greatly.God bless him and give peace and comfort to his wife Rita and his family.
Bob Newman
October 2, 2020
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