Matthews called Lawler a real friend.
“We graduated Newburyport High School together in 1946, and over the years went to many reunions together.
“I remember the night when I defeated him for mayor years ago, he came over to my house at about 2 a.m. It was a clean campaign, and we just talked about politics, the city and we caught up on things. He left at about 4 a.m.
“George and I were good friends. I will miss him; we all will miss him.”
Arrangements are being handled by the Twomey-LeBlanc Funeral Home. Details were incomplete at press time.