Henry A.  Lawler Jr.


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Amesbury, MA - Henry A. Lawler Jr., age 70, died unexpectedly in his home on Wednesday morning, May 29, 2019.

Born in Newburyport, October 13, 1948, he was the only child of the late Henry A. Sr. and Phyllis L. (Dow) Lawler. Henry grew up in Amesbury and graduated from Amesbury High School, class of 1968.

After graduation, he was called by the United States Army to serve in the Vietnam War, earning medals and honors of distinction for his service, including the Bronze Star, a National Defense Service Medal, Sharpshooter Badge H-14, the Vietnam Service Medal, a Combat Infantry Badge, a Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, Sharpshooter Badge M-60, and two Overseas Bars. He earned the rank of Specialist 4th Grade before his honorable discharge in July, 1970.

Returning home from service, he married Eileen A. (Goss), also from Amesbury, in October, 1970, and together moved to Merrimacport, where they resided and raised their family until divorcing in 1997.

Henry was a career commercial truck driver and a member of the Teamsters Union, Local 25, until his retirement in 2005.

In his free time, you could find him tinkering around his garage, always passionate when it came to automobiles he enjoyed fixing and building cars the majority of his life. Known as the original "MacGyver," he could literally fix anything. Weekends meant repairing bikes, big wheels, sleds and go-carts or inventing some new toy for all the neighborhood kids to play with. He always had a project in the works.

Henry is survived by his four children, Crystal, Lynne, John and his wife Kata (Fahey) Lawler, and Casandra and her husband Brent Shirley. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Patrick, Cheylin, Gabrielle, Jacob, Madison, Abigail and Owen; two great-grandchildren, Iris and Esme, and many extended family and friends.
A graveside service and remembrance will beheld Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. at Union Cemetery, Amesbury. In lieu of flowers, his children ask that donations be made in his name to Hope for the Warriors Foundation at www.hopeforthewarriors.org.
Published on June 17, 2019
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