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George J. Lawrence, 85, died at his home surrounded by his loving family on Friday October 7, 2016. George was born in Northampton, Mass., on April 18, 1931, to the late George Lawrence and Mary (McCarthy) Lawrence and was raised in Florence, Mass. After graduating from Northampton High School, George enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 19 and served his country proudly during the Korean War. He went on to continue his education, graduating from American International College in Springfield, Mass., with his Master’s Degree in Business. In 1957 George met and fell madly in love with his wife, Claire. The couple married in 1958 and raised their four children in Holyoke. While in Holyoke, George was employed for many years as the director of purchasing for Milton Bradley in Springfield, Mass. A proud family man, George was happy doing anything if it meant doing it with those he loved. A former Eagle Scout, his three sons became Boy scouts with George leading Troop 653 as Scoutmaster for many years. It was also in Holyoke where George first became an Extraordinary Minister.
George and his family moved to Newburyport in 1980 where he quickly grew enchanted with the city’s charm. George worked for Parker Brothers as director of purchasing in Beverly, Mass. Soon after he set out to start his own business, Taitronics Inc. in Newburyport, where he successfully recruited his wife, his four children, and brother to work alongside him. George loved to travel and his business afforded him many trips to the Far East where he secured many business partners and gained lifelong friends along the way, surviving a major Earthquake in Taiwan in 1999. George was the president of Taitronics for over 25 years until his retirement at age 80. Always passionate about his work, he remained very active in the business during his retirement.
He was also a proud member of many local organizations including the Lions Club, Salvation Army (Lifetime member), The Newburyport Elks, The Ancient order of Hibernians, the Dalton Club, as well as the of chairman of the Newburyport Yankee Homecoming in 1987.
George’s other passions included gardening, history, family vacations, Cape Cod, dancing with his wife, listening to and singing Frank Sinatra songs, sharing stories of the good ole days, contemplating life on the benches of Newburyport’s peaceful waterfront, dining out with family and friends, and hermit cookies.
George is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years, Claire (Roy) Lawrence of Newburyport; his four children, Gregory Lawrence and his partner, Pamela of Henderson, Nev., Thomas Lawrence of Newburyport, Pamela Lawrence of Amesbury, and Christopher Lawrence and his partner, Elvis Jimenez-Chavez of Amesbury; two grandchildren, George and Isabella and their mother, Joy Wright; brother, Ronald Lawrence and his wife, Nancy; his brothers-in-law, Ronald Roy and wife, Janet and Robert Roy and his wife, Maureen; as well as several nieces and nephews.
George was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, always putting others before himself. He had a generous and kind soul and touched the lives of many. He leaves behind a rich harvest of memories to cherish, honor, and emulate. His family and friends will always be thankful for the gift that was his life.
Family and friends may call on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home, 193 High St., Newburyport, MA 01950. Parking is available behind the funeral home. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at the Immaculate Conception Church, followed by burial at Oakhill Cemetery, both in Newburyport.
Memorial contributions may be made in George’s name to Anna Jacques Hospital.
For directions or to offer online condolences, please visit www.tlcfuneralhome.com.
Published on  October 10, 2016
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