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Lawson Williams, Jr. 87, died Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Ashland Farm in North Andover, MA. He was born on June 16, 1929 in New York, N.Y. to the late Lawson and Irene (Mathey) Williams. He was raised in Newton, MA and was a graduate of Noble and Greenough High School before attending Boston University, where he met and married Joan Fanning. He then enlisted in the Unites States Air Force and served our country proudly during the Korean War. Lawson flew 101 missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service.
He was employed as a Captain by TWA as a commercial pilot flying domestic and international flights, until his retirement. In his retirement years Lawson was a volunteer for The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in San Clemente, Calif., helping the Police Department with special events, home checks, and traffic control. He enjoyed boating and water sports, especially water skiing with friends and family. He was known for his wit, intelligence, compassion and story telling.
Lawson is survived by his children, Deborah Goss and her husband, John of Newbury, Lawson Williams III and his wife, Karen of Northborough, and Darryl Williams of Sun City; grandchildren, Lara LaFoschia and her husband, Matthew, Kyla Goss, Elyssa Williams, and Jaqueline Williams; sister, Marie Petersen, nieces and nephews, Jeffrey Petersen, Sherry Martin and her husband Dale, and Mark Petersen and his partner, Linda Wood as well as his former wife, Bette (Woolsey) Williams.
Family and friends are invited to his graveside service at 12 p.m. on Monday September 26, 2016 at Oakhill Cemetery in Newburyport. The Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home, 193 High St., Newburyport, MA 01950, is assisting Mr. Williams family with his funeral arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Lawson’s name to the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter at Pet Project Foundation, P.O. Box 5678 San Clemente, CA 92674. or to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W. Lilburn, GA 30047.
To offer online condolences, please visit www.tlcfuneralhome.com.
Published on  September 24, 2016
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