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Robert Wiggin Lawrence

Robert Wiggin Lawrence, in his 86th year, died from respiratory complications on February 23rd 2010 in the Beverly Hospital.  An Ipswich resident for 43 years the Lawrence’s made their home on Birch Lane.

Born in Melrose August 10th 1924, to Charles M. and Stella L. (Falk) Lawrence his childhood was spent with siblings Dorothy, Eleanor, Charles Jr. and Richard at their Melrose residence and summer home in Mattapoisett.

Upon graduation from Melrose High School, Bob entered Tufts University graduating with an Engineering Degree. He then entered the US Navy where he proudly served our country in the Submarine Service patrolling the East Coast for the duration of WW II. Upon completion of his naval obligation, Bob entered into the executive training program at Honeywell Corporation where he worked for 22 years. He ended his Honeywell career as their Northeast Region Technical Sales Manager for its’ HVAC and control group.

In the early 1960’s Bob and brother Richard co-founded Sonolite Plastics Corporation in Gloucester.  At the start he served well as its VP/Treasurer and Chief Engineer then its’ President from 1982 thru 1997.  The company continues today under the direction of his two sons.  While work and problem solving were his passions, Bob enjoyed anything ocean, sailing in particular. Reserved, thoughtful and generous at the same time, he was a source for council to many over the years.  Bob will be missed by those who came to know him and especially those he helped along the way.  His was a life well lived.

He is survived by two daughters Deborah A. Ciampa and  Suzanne L. Morse and her husband Richard A. all of Ipswich; two sons Peter J. Lawrence his wife Donna  and  Jonathan B. Lawrence and his partner Ellen P. Johnson all of Gloucester. Also surviving him are his many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and brother-in-laws.  He was predeceased by his wife Helen E. (Okerman) Lawrence with whom he shared 52 years of marriage, his oldest son Douglas M. Lawrence, a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran; and his four siblings.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to: United Veterans Council, c/o Gloucester Office of Veterans Services, 9 Dale Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930.

Private arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of  Ipswich.

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