BANGOR - Henry Samuel Lawler Sr., 75, husband of Alice K. (Drew) Lawler passed away at his home after a hard fought battle with cancer, April 17, 2013. Henry was born May 29, 1937, in Jackson, the son of Henry C. Lawler and Thelma (Davis) Lawler.
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He attended schools in Waldo County and graduated from Crosby High School, Belfast, in 1957. Attending class reunions were always special to him. He attended Husson College and completed numerous courses in accounting, banking and finance. Managerial positions in his long financial career included Liberty Loan, Beneficial Finance, Maine National Bank, the former Merrill Trust Company and Key Bank of Maine. He was the owner of Old Colony Real Estate and developed his carpentry talents into a business of restoring and financing mobile homes. He made many friendships while building his camp at Swan Lake where he spent his summers. Henry enjoyed camping, hunting, traveling and spending his winters at his home at Golden Ponds, Fort Pierce, Fla., with his wife, Alice. He enjoyed visits from friends and family. In Henry's presence strangers were never strangers for long. Henry was a life member of the Rising Virtue Masonic Lodge No. 10 A.F & A.M., Bangor, Mount Moriah R.A. Chapter No. 6, Bangor, Bangor Council No. 5 R. and S.M. and a life member of General Grand Council Cryptic Masons International, St. Johns Commandery No. 3 Knights Templar, Bangor, and a member of Anah Shriners Bangor. He was a member of the award winning Anah Motor Corps Team, the Kiwanis Club, Bangor-Brewer Conservation Club and a nine year volunteer with Hospice of Eastern Maine.
Henry was predeceased by his parents; brother, Clayton; half-brother, Norman Lawler; two half-sisters, Hazel DuDevoier and Shirley McPherson; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was loved and will be missed by his wife, Alice, of Bangor; son, Henry Lawler Jr. of Fort Pierce, Fla.; two daughters, Lenore Van Benschoten and husband, Thomas, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Liana Dewberry Schultz and husband, Ronald, of Greenville, Texas; seven grandchildren, Tifany Bowen and husband, James, of Londonderry, N.H., Henry S. III and wife, Alison, of Peyton, Colo., Dacia of Fort Pierce, Fla., Sarah and Mathew of Boulder, Colo., and Camden and Kathryn of Greenville, Texas; two stepsons, Frederick Drew and wife, Kimberly, of Hermon and Jonathan Drew and wife, Heide, of Ellsworth; sister, Mary Bowden of Orrington; stepsister, Penney Bisping of Minnesota; special friend, Robert Dubay of Glenburn; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of Henry's life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, with the Rev. George Hicks, officiating. Family and friends are invited to join in fellowship and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor, after the service. Interment will be 5 p.m. at Smart Cemetery, Curtis Road, Swanville. Those who wish to remember Henry in a special way may make gifts in his memory to, CancerCare of Maine, Lafayette Family Cancer Center, care of Healthcare Charities, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931, or Shriners Hospitals for Children, care of Anah Shrine Center, P.O. Box 735, Bangor, ME 04402-0735. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
133 Center Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Published in BDN Maine on Apr. 22, 2013