In addition to his municipal service, Mr. Lawler also contributed his time to other notable civic organizations in Newburyport. He was a founding father and two-time general chairman of Yankee Homecoming and one of the original incorporators of Opportunity Workshop and a member of the board of the Friends of the Council on Aging. His contributions to the city he loved are too numerous to mention. His devotion to his city was only surpassed by his love of his wife, children and grandchildren.
He was born in Newburyport on October 1, 1927, the son of the late George H. Lawler and Mary A. (Hurley) Lawler. George was a devoted husband to his wife, Barbara (Corbin) Lawler, who predeceased him in 1987 and a loving father to his four children, Mary Ann Lawler of Newburyport, George H. Lawler III of Haverhill, Nancy A. Furber of Ben Lomond, Calif., and Timothy W. Lawler and wife, Cathleen, of Newburyport. He also leaves his grandchildren, Nathan D. Lawler and wife, Nurgul, of Astana, Kazakhstan; Robert H. Furber and Corbin A. Furber, both of Ben Lomond, Calif., and Timothy M., Maggie R., and Michael C. Lawler, all of Newburyport. He was predeceased by a son-in-law, Robert Furber. In addition to his family, George was a close confidant and devoted friend to Essex County Sheriff Frank G. Cousins Jr., and enjoyed many hours spent in the company of Gardner Cousins and his mother, Nicole Cousins.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Green Street, Newburyport. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Newburyport. Callings hours will be held on Friday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Twomey LeBlanc & Conte Funeral Home, 193 High St., Newburyport.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Friends of the Council on Aging, Senior Citizens Community Center, P.O. Box 494, Newburyport, MA 01950. For directions or to leave online condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.