John P. "Jack" Lawlor
Waterbury - John P. (JACK) Lawlor, 86 passed away Sunday, September 16, 2018 at St. Mary's Hospital. He was predeceased by his wife Ida Dora (Guisto) Lawlor.
He was born on December 21, 1931 in Waterbury, CT to Nellie and Michael Lawlor.
He is survived by his four children: Mark (Michelle) of Monticello, Minnesota; Marina (Bill) Lickson of Tallahassee, Florida; Kelly (Robert) Aviles of Waterbury, CT and Brigadier General John P. (Natalie) Lawlor Jr. of Southington, CT.
He also leaves behind eight grandchildren: Megan, Anthony, Meredith and Ty Lawlor of Minnesota, Jamie Foley of California, Kelly (Ken) Pullam of Missouri, Nicole Silva (Paulo) of Waterbury, Thomas Aviles of Waterbury and one great grandson: Patrick Foley of Missouri.
Jack was one of eight raised in the "Brooklyn" section of Waterbury. He is survived by three siblings, Marie Farrington, Eddie Lawlor of Watertown and Bernie Lawlor of Waterbury and predeceased by: Tommy, Michael, Margie Kelleher, and Helen Donovan. He leaves behind several nieces and nephews and a loving godson John (Jack) Farrington.
He graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1950 having enjoyed success as a student athlete. He was drafted into the U. S. Air Force where he served as a member of a Recon and Recovery Squadron, Republic of Korea. He was proud of, but rarely spoke of his service. He was honorably discharged in 1956. He obtained his AS degree from Post College. He was a communicant of St. Patrick’s parish and a member of Harmony Masonic Lodge # 42.
He served over 30 years with the Waterbury Fire Department after returning from Korea and retired in 1989. The last years of his service he served on East Main Street at ENGINE # 5. He was decorated for heroism. He took great pride in serving as a mentor for other fire fighters throughout his career and celebrated the diversity changes of the department during his career.
Jack's family would like to thank the many caregivers that have played a role in keeping him comfortable and shared kindness to him especially after his beloved Dora passed.
Arrangements: Funeral to be held Saturday September 22, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. from The Murphy Funeral Home, 115 Willow St., Waterbury to St. Patrick’s Church, 50 Charles St. for a Mass at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 669 Platt Rd., Watertown, CT. Calling hours will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to www.stjude.org in dads name.
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