My grandfather, George William Lawry, was the most stubborn and ornery man I knew, and he was also the most loving, caring and generous man, with a heart of gold, too.
He grew up in Pennsylvania, where all of his family made their home since coming over from Europe in the early 1800s. He married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy May Lawrence, Aug. 20, 1938. They welcomed Judy Lynne on Dec. 31, 1946.
He worked in the mill at U.S. Steel Corp. in Pittsburgh, Pa., as a machinist and was a wardroom cook — ship’s cook, petty officer third class — in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
In September 1997, he lost his wife of 59 years to cancer. Of course, after being married that long, one would think that he wouldn’t last very long afterward. Boy, did he fool us.
Grandpap found another love after a few years, Betty Aldrich. These two were just like high school kids courting. They called each other all the time — two to unlimited times a day.
They visited as long as they were able to transport themselves back and forth. For Grandpap, that was until he was 94 years old, when he knew it was too difficult to drive anymore. Even during his hospital stint, they were able to share a quick video with each other (unable to physically be present). First a love video from Betty, and then a love video from Grandpap.
During his stay at Manor Care, he also had the nurse take him to see her on another floor. Love like that is very hard to find, isn’t it?
He accepted Christ when he turned 92, so I know I will see him again.
He leaves behind a brother, James Lawry; a daughter, Judy (spouse Charlie); a son-in-law, Richard; a daughter-in-law, Barbara; three grandchildren, Dale (spouse Pam), Heidi and Debbi (spouse Tyrone); and three great-grandchildren, Hannah, Tyra and Brianna. He will also be missed by his beloved friends and community, as he has made a lasting impression of his generosity and love.
As he always used to say, “You’re the best,” “You’re a sweetheart” and “I love you, I love you, I love you.” You will be missed, and we all love you very much.
Contributions: Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 6310 Capital Drive, Suite 202, Lakewood Ranch FL 34202. Flowers may be sent to the family at 2704 Bear Creek Lane, Chesapeake VA 23323.