Kendall R. LawsonJanuary 12,2013
Kendall R. Lawson
Kendall R. Lawson
MONTPELIER — Kendall Reid Lawson, 73, of Independence Green, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington after a short illness.
He was born on July 21, 1939, in Barre, the son of Kendall Eugene and Eleanor Stott Lawson.
He attended East Barre Elementary School and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1957.
A graduate of the University of Vermont, where he was a member of ROTC, he was with the 569th Ordnance Company in Ludwigsburg, Germany, where he was stationed for two years.
Following his tour of duty overseas, he worked in Cambridge, Mass., as an industrial engineer for the Myerson Tooth Corp.
On July 15, 1967, he married Margaret “Peggy” Licht in New London, N.H. They resided in Melrose, Mass., until his father’s illness caused them to move to Vermont where he worked in the family businesses, the Kendall Lawson Furniture and Appliance Co. founded by his father, and Vermont Explosives Corp. founded by his grandfather. He also owned and operated the Wardie-Jay (Circus Hobby Kit) Manufacturing Co., the Historical Products Co. and the Heart of Vermont Co., from which he recently retired. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Barre, where he served on the Session, and a former member of both the Barre Kiwanis Club and the Country Club of Barre.
His children and grandchildren brought him great enjoyment and he was immensely proud of them.
He is survived by his former wife, Peg, of Montpelier; his son, Craig Lawson, and his wife, Janet, of Mill Valley, Calif.; his daughter, Jill McNamee, and her husband, Joe, of Windham, N.H.; four granddaughters, Nina and Claire Lawson, and Emily and Chloe McNamee; and two grandsons, Cole Lawson and Ryan McNamee. He is also survived by his sister, Marcia Papianou, and her husband, Alex, of Foxboro, Mass.; and his brother, Douglas, and his wife, Gail, of Essex Junction; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by both of his parents.
A service of remembrance and celebration of life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Barre on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at 11 a.m.
Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in his name to the American Diabetes Association, 1 Kennedy Drive #L8, South Burlington, VT 05403, www.diabetes.org.
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