Gales Ferry - CDR John V. Lawrence Jr., 93, of Gales Ferry. With regret we announce the passing of a remarkable person, Commander John Valentine Lawrence Jr., USN retired, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Groton. John was born Jan. 10, 1928, in New London to John V. Lawrence Sr. and Dorothy Fanjoy Lawrence. John married Linnie McKennie; she preceded him in death in 2006. He was later remarried to Eleanora Quin; she survives him.
He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Arlington, Va. in 1946. After attending college, John entered the U.S. Navy and earned his naval aviator wings in 1950. His military service is highlighted with his command of the Hurricane Hunters Squadron and serving as ship's navigator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex. After the U.S. Navy John was the plant manager for the United Nuclear plant in Uncasville.
John provided public service in numerous areas for the town of Ledyard, including serving on the Town Council and the Gales Ferry Fire District. He was a longtime member and senior warden of the Bishop Seabury Anglican Church in Gales Ferry.
John married Linnie McKennie in 1952 for 54 wonderful years until her passing. They had two sons, John V. Lawrence III, deceased, and Charles E. Lawrence, who resides in Gales Ferry. After Linnie's passing, John remarried to Eleanora Quin of Gales Ferry in 2009.
John is survived by his wife Eleanora; his son Charles and his wife Teri; stepsons, Marshall and Creighton Quin and their wives Mary and Jude; his brother Irving Lawrence and his wife Doris of Waterford; and grandchildren, Chris Lawrence of Arizona, Tim Lawrence of Maryland, Kate Yannacci of New Hampshire, Ryan Lawrence of Virginia; and 11 great-grandchildren.
As a legend for our community, John was well-known and greatly respected by a large number of Ledyard residents and will be greatly missed. For more information on John's amazing life, Service time, Virtual Live Stream Instructions and Donation information, please visit www.byles.com
Published by The Day on Jan. 28, 2021.