George H. Lawler III (Buzzie to his family) died unexpectedly on October 1st, 2020 at Lawrence General Hospital surrounded by his loving family at the age of 63.
He was immediately welcomed into Heaven with loving and open arms by his parents, Barbara A. (Corbin) and George H. Lawler Jr., paternal grandparents, Mary Adelaide and George H. Lawler Sr. and maternal grandparents, Edna M. and Willard F. Corbin.
Born on November 15th, 1956 at Anna Jacques Hospital, he lived most of his life in Newburyport where he was proud to be a native, and told everyone who would listen that his father was the Mayor.
Many of his enjoyments included watching the Boston Bruins and Channel 4/WBZ News and playing checkers, connect four, tic-tac-toe (somehow always managing to win), and his Poppit balloon computer game.
Every year he would look forward to the Holiday Season with joyful anticipation. He could often be found watching the Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies and the 26 Days of Christmas Countdown programs while enjoying his multiple hidden chocolate Advent Calendars. On Christmas Day, he eagerly awaited his brother Tim’s famous shrimp cocktail with Ritz crackers, his sister-in-law Cathleen’s frosted sugar cookies, and the wall calendar refill and Wal-Mart Gift Cards from Timmy, Maggie, and Michael. Each year, he sat at his spot at the dining room table and anxiously awaited his visit with his sister MaryAnn and nephew Nathan. He never passed up the opportunity to brag to his housemates that his nephew came all the way from Kazakhstan to see him, all the while waiting for his long-distance call from his sister Nancy in California. A week later when New Year’s Eve arrived, he would offer to call his siblings to make sure they were awake for the ball drop in Times Square, something he never missed.
Discussing current events with his co-workers and staff at the CRC Day Program in Bradford was a favorite daily activity. His maintenance jobs of filling the soda machine, wiping the counters in the lunch room, and dusting the railings in the hallways brought him great satisfaction and much more importantly, a bi-weekly paycheck! It was a major disappointment to him when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the temporary closing of the CRC, but he made sure to stay up to date on the virus by tuning into Governor Charlie Baker’s mid-day news conferences.
Prior to COVID-19 restrictions he looked forward to his Thursday night outings to Wal-Mart in Salem, NH where he would spend time perusing the aisles doing his weekly shopping, get a haircut once a month, and enjoy a Subway sandwich, pretzel, and soda. The Wal-Mart employees were always waiting to greet and assist him and became concerned if a week passed without the pleasure of his company.
He absolutely loved spending time with his family and looked forward to his birthday celebration at the Starboard Galley, The Yankee Homecoming Parade and accompanying cookout, and attending Mass whenever he could at the Immaculate Conception Church, where everyone made him feel special, particularly Father Tim and Father George. His faith was strong, absolute, and unwavering.
George was a caring and devoted friend to his housemates Dannie, Ella, Stephen, and his beloved Lulu.
He will be truly missed by those he has left behind: His sister, MaryAnn Lawler of Newburyport; his brother, Tim and wife, Cathleen, of Newburyport; and sister, Nancy and partner, Mark Perrington, of Boulder Creek, CA. He also leaves behind his beloved nieces and nephews, Nathan and wife, Nurgul, of Aktobe, Kazakhstan; Bobby Furber and wife, Celia, and Corbin Furber, all of Northern California; Timmy Lawler and fiancé, Kelly Lordan, of Melrose, MA; Maggie Rose Lawler of Everett, MA; and Michael C. Lawler of Newburyport. He was pre-deceased by his brother-in-law, Robert Furber.
In the end, all we truly want is to be loved. He was truly loved.
Private services will be held on Friday, October 9th, at 10:30 am at the Immaculate Conception, Green Street, Newburyport. Burial will follow at the St. Mary’s Cemetery, Newburyport. The Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home 193 High St. Newburyport, MA 01950 is assisting Mr. Lawler’s family with his funeral arrangements.
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