John "Jack" Lawrence, Jr.
AGE: 96 • Port Elizabeth
John "Jack" Lawrence, Jr. age 96 passed away on September 1, 2017. Born in Philadelphia, Jack lived in Woodbury most of his life and was a graduate of Woodbury High School in 1939. After retiring he resided in Naples FL and his beloved family home on the Maurice River in Port Elizabeth NJ. He served in the Navy during World War II from 1942-1945. While he was stationed in Cape May, he met his wife Helen. Jack and his brother Bill, took over the family contruction business in Westville, John D. Lawrence Inc., the hertiage of which orignated in the late 1800's as a barn and home building company in Elmer NJ.
He was a member of the Woodbury Kiwanis, YMCA Board of Directors, Woodbury Architectural Review Committee, Woodbury Country Club, Carpenters Company of Philadelphia, served as President of The Building Contractors Association of South Jersey.
Jack was predeceased in December by his wife of 73 years Helen P. (nee Walton. Survived by daughters Joan Lawrence-Rhoads (Stephen), Nancy Burgese (Pasquale), brother William and grandchildren Sarah and Alexander Rhoads and Katherine "Katie" Henry.
Friends may greet the family on Saturday September 9 after 9:30am in the Budd Funeral Home, 522 Salem Ave. (Kings Hwy), Woodbury NJ. Funeral service will be at 11am. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River and Its Tributaries, Inc., P.O. Box 474, Millville, NJ 08332 or to the Mauricetown Historical Society, P. O. Box 1, Mauricetown, NJ 08329. Memories may be shared at www.budd funeralhome.com
Published by The Daily Journal on Sep. 6, 2017.