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William Patrick Lawler Jr.
March 7, 1937 ~ September 23, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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William P. Lawler, Jr., a beloved father and grandfather, died the evening of September 23, 2023, at the age of 86, after spending a nice day with friends. Bill, as his friends and family affectionately called him, was born in Easthampton, MA on March 7, 1937, and lived his entire life in that community. Bill met the love of his life, Joanne, when she was just a young baby in a stroller, only to reconnect in their teens, and fall in love, being married for over fifty-five years, before Joanne’s death in 2015.
Bill leaves two children living, Mark William Lawler (wife, Sally A. Lawler), and Kathleen Lawler Bodmer (husband, Brian E. Bodmer), with their sister, Kimberly Lawler Krain (husband, Howard L. Krain), predeceasing them in 2006. Bill has six cherished grandchildren, Elizabeth Sally Lawler, Emily Lawler Dowzicky, Brendan Michael Krain, Alexandra Meghan Krain, Matilda Paige Bodmer and Donovan Jace Bodmer. Bill is also survived by his sister, Judith Lawler Caron (husband, Arthur Caron) and many adored nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Bill was active in the Easthampton Lions Club for many years, and as a veteran of the US Air National Guard, enjoyed spending time at the Westfield base over the last several years. Bill had a quick wit, and enjoyed water skiing, boating and vacationing with his family.
A Funeral Liturgy of Christian Burial is scheduled for Friday, September 29, 2023, at 11:30 AM at Our Lady of the Valley Parish, with burial to follow at St. Brigid's Cemetery in Easthampton. Calling hours will also be held Friday, September 29, 2023, in the morning from 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM, prior to the funeral, at the Graham Funeral Home and Cremation Services, located at 18 Adams St., Easthampton. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Easthampton, MA in memory of Bill.