Obituaries

Orrin Thomas Lawson

December 23rd, 2013

Orrin Thomas Lawson, age 67, of Wilmington, passed peacefully, surrounded with family, when he went to be with the Dear Lord, on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, following a long illness.

 Orrin was born in Cambridge, Ma, on December 1, 1946 to Herbert E. and Marion C. (Carr) Lawson.  A longtime Wilmington resident, he attended Wilmington Public Schools.

 Orrin was a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran, serving his country from 1966 to 1968, stationed at Cam Ranh Bay in South Vietnam.

 After service duty, he worked for Vappi Construction and assisted building the Burlington Mall.  Later, he began his own home building business, “Lawson Homes.”

Orrin was married to Frances Dunbar, June 30, 1976, a school teacher for the Billerica School Department.

 During summertime, Orrin enjoyed lobstering, clamming, fishing and boating out of Winthrop, Mass (Boston Harbor); road trips to Florida, Nova Scotia with his Aunt Ethel, and Maine to visit family and friends.

 Orrin had a very special gift, a thinker and a tinkerer.  He could make and fix anything.  His passion was to tinker with cars, trucks, boat engines at Damey’s garage, and build or repair anything dealing with wood.  He was truly a “Jack of all Trades, Master of Everything.”

 Orrin had a special place in his heart for his nephew, Eddie and nieces, Dorice and Allison along with all animals, especially his beloved dogs, “Pup” and “Nuisance” and several cats.

 Along with his good-heartedness, Orrin was a volunteer firefighter for the Tewksbury and Billerica Fire Departments.

 Orrin was predeceased by his parents, several aunts, uncles and cousins.  He leaves behind and will be truly missed by his sister, Evelyn A. Reitchel; nephew Eddie Reitchel and his wife Meghan of Augusta, Maine; nieces Dorice Groshon and her husband Justin of Scarborough, Maine and Allison Keith and her husband Jesse of Bronx, NY; Great nephews Easton and Lincoln as well as several cousins.

 Orrin’s family wish to extend sincere thanks to his loving and caring life-long neighbors, the Foley’s and Connell’s; Doctors/Nurses at USVA Togus and Maine General Hospital Hospice Care.

 Relatives and friends may call at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, December 28th, from 1-2 p.m., immediately followed by a funeral home service at 2:00 p.m.  Interment with Military Honors to follow in the Veterans section of Wildwood Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers, donations in Orrin’s name can be made to the ASPA, Attn: Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC, 20090-6929 or the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA  01701.  www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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  1. Von & Betty Taylor says:

    Our deepest sympathy and prayers to the Lawson family on the passing of Orrin. Our family lived down the street from the Lawson home in Wilmington. They were wonderful neighbors. We know Orrin will be missed by many of the people that had the privilege to know him. Thanks Orrin for your service to our country and your community.

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