WATERTOWN — Edward F. Lawlor, 97, of Watertown, entered eternal rest on Friday, November 12, 2021. He was the widower of Barbara (Tyler) Lawlor and Shirley (Houle) (Norris) Lawlor.
Mr. Lawlor was born on May 19, 1924, in Waterbury, the son of the late Michael and Nellie (Moteijaitis) Lawlor. He served in the Army as a staff sergeant in the 9th Infantry Division and was stationed in Normandy, northern France, the Rhineland, the Ardennes and in Central Europe during World War II. He was one of the soldiers who landed on Utah Beach on D-Day in 1944.
Mr. Lawlor was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his service and bravery. He was employed by Connecticut Light & Power as head cable splicer until his retirement.
Mr. Lawlor was an avid golfer and a member of the Crestbrook Golf Club for more than 20 years. Proud of his Irish heritage, he was a member of the Hibernian Club of Waterbury and a member of the American Legion.
He will best be remembered for his love for his family, easy-going demeanor and curiosity. He was fiercely loyal to the people he loved. He enjoyed his winter travels to Myrtle Beach, almost as much as he enjoyed homemade chicken soup, Filet-o-Fish sandwiches and locally grown peaches.
Mr. Lawlor is survived by son, Raymond Lawlor of Watertown and wife, Karen; son, Eric Lawlor of Bethlehem and wife Dawn; daughter-in-law Lisa Lawlor of Watertown; brother, Bernie Lawlor of Waterbury and wife Diana. He was beloved “Poppy” to his five grandchildren, Benjamin Lawlor and wife Shayna; Garrett Lawlor and wife Rebekah; Katherine Lawlor and fiancé Evan Ordway; Matthew Lawlor, and Julia Lawlor. He was affectionately known as Uncle Eddie to his many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wives, he was predeceased by his son, Michael Lawlor; three brothers, Thomas Lawlor, Michael “Joe” Lawlor, and John “Jack” Lawlor; and three sisters, Helen Donovan, Marge Kelleher, and Marie Farrington, whom he used to speak to every day on the phone.
In addition to his loving family, he leaves behind his loyal and dear friend, Steve Moran.
The family would also like to acknowledge Steve and Patty Andes for their devotion and friendship.
Calling hours will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, November 27, at the Hickcox Funeral Home, 195 Main St., Watertown. The funeral service begins at 11 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, North Street, Watertown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Waterbury Veterans Memorial Committee, 1569 Thomaston Ave., Waterbury 06704.
For additional information or to leave an online message of condolence, visit www.hickcoxfuneralhome.com.