Service

A Service of Remembrance will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church, 280 St. James Street, Friday, July 11th at 11 am.

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Donations

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50 Years

CARING • HELPFUL • TRUSTED

Tom Lawson

Death Notice

Honorary Colonel Thomas Charles Ray Lawson, OSJ, CD   The Phoenix has lost its captain. With his first mate Beverley and crew members Barb and Ted by his side Tom has set off on an extended journey into waters unknown.   After a well-fought battle with cancer, Thomas Charles Ray Lawson died on July 7th, 2014 at his home in London, Ontario. Tom will be sadly missed by Beverley Massey and her family, Ted Lawson (Joanne) of Montreal, Barb Lawson Miller (Neil) of Mississauga and Louise Lawson (Nick) of Adelaide, Australia and his eight grandchildren; Robin, Lauren, Mackenzie and Kahlyn Lawson, Melissa and Austin Miller, Jack and Ellie Keukenmeester. Lovingly remembered by his brothers and sisters, Connie Gardiner (Bob), Joan Vanduzer, Marilyn Snook, Tim Lawson (Karola) and Peter Lawson (Leslie), their families and his many cousins. Pre-deceased by his parents, Colonel Tom and Miggsie Lawson and his sister Frannie.   Born in London, Ontario on January 8th, 1943 Tom attended Medway High School and Upper Canada College followed by the University of New Brunswick and the University of Western Ontario. He settled in London, married Gail Fyffe from Picton, Ontario and had three children, Ted, Barb and Louise. The family moved to Grand Bend in 1979, where Tom served a term as Mayor and was a Lambton County councillor.   In his youth Tom served as an Army reservist and later became Honorary Colonel of the 22(London) Service Battalion in 1998. He strongly supported the Canadian Forces and worked to increase their appreciation as a member for life of the Garrison Community Council.   Tom was a career businessman and entrepreneur serving as a Director of the Lawson Mardon Group, and operating his own enterprises. He was also passionate about aviation operating a flight training business, organizing air shows and flying his own plane. He was proud to have been an Honourary member and Chairman of the Snowbirds 431 Air Demonstration Squadron.   Tom also worked with the First Nations as a member and Director of the Eastern Aboriginal Economic Development Board. In 2011 he was appointed to the First Nations Financial Management Board as Lead Director.   Tom served as President of the Rotary Club of London and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was recently honoured with the Jack Burghardt Community Service Above Self Award. In 2002 he also received the Order of the Officer of St. John, St. John Ambulance and in 2012, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.   Over the course of his life Tom served as Secretary of the Great Lakes Cruising Club (Chicago), Chair of the London Museum of Archeology, Director of Lawson Health Research Institute, as both a Vice President and Director of the Lawson Foundation and Grand President of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 28 (Chatham). He was also a Long Service Member and Governor of the Commissionaires Great Lakes Division and Executive Director of the London Chamber of Commerce.   Beverley and the family would like to thank the team at the London Regional Cancer Centre and the nurses and care workers that showed him compassion and respect which allowed him to remain at home during his remaining days.   A Service of Remembrance will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church, 280 St. James Street, Friday, July 11th at 11 am. A reception for friends and family will follow after the service.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the London Regional Cancer Centre.