William Asa Lawrence II

  • Born: December 13, 1932
  • Died: June 16, 2021
  • Location: Concord, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742

glennb@concordfuneral.com
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family


William Asa Lawrence II, of Concord, passed away at peacefully on June 16th at Emerson Hospital after two years of failing health. He leaves his devoted wife of almost 64 years, Joany, his daughter, Betsy Lawrence, of South Dartmouth, MA, his son, Bill Lawrence and his wife, Bouchra of Bethesda, MD, and his son, Ned Lawrence, of Lake Isabella, CA and four grandchildren, Hadley Brooke, Evelyn, Christopher, and Zachary Lawrence, and one sister, Mary Lawrence Curry, of Nashua, NH, and her family.

Bill grew up in Groton, MA, the son of Carl A. P. Lawrence, a banker from Ayer, and Mary Scattergood Hoag Lawrence. He graduated from Groton School and Harvard College, where he rowed on the crew teams. After serving in the U.S. Army, he worked in sales and operations in the paper and plastics industries for many years, he was an assessor for the Town of Concord and ended his career only six months ago managing the Concord Acton Industrial Park.

Bill loved hard work and service and taught his kids the same. He believed strongly that giving back to one's community was an obligation that we all should fulfill. He served as a treasurer for Nashoba Country Day School, the Concord Museum, and the Newbury Court Campus Staff Appreciation Fund and was active in the Concord Business Partnership and other non-profits through the years. He took all the credit for the decision that he and Joan move to Newbury Court where they have enjoyed twelve wonderful years.

Bill loved life and lived it well. He adored his friends almost as much as he adored his wife. He loved Harvard football games and was the graduate president of The Owl Club for many years. He was well known for his jokes and prolific email chains of important and not-so-edifying information. He was a long-time member of the Concord Country Club.

He loved his summer community of Nonquitt in South Dartmouth, and sitting on his porch overlooking Buzzards Bay, where he sailed his boat, Night Owl, for many seasons. He was a beloved president and a longtime trustee of the Incorporated Proprietors of Nonquitt. He was the longest standing member of the New Bedford Yacht Club having joined in 1944 when he was 12 so he could race his BeetleCat.

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Bill on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 11:00 am at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm St., Concord. Burial will private with U.S. Army Military Honors at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a gift to:
Concord Museum
53 Cambridge Turnpike
Concord, MA 01742
www.concordmuseum.org
or
New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, MA 02740
www.whalingmuseum.org

or another organization of your choice.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

My late mother, Bess Nikitas, served with Bill on the Newbury Court Campus Staff Appreciation Fund. She thought Bill and "his wonderful Joany" were a delight. As a Trinity parishioner I was honored to serve as an usher at his service and to hear from his children and grandchildren about his life and legacy. May his memory be eternal.

Martha Stone, CONCORD

Posted by Martha Stone - CONCORD, MA - Friend   July 15, 2021

Dear Joan & family
I first met Bill at Harvard College back in the 1950's.He always seemed to take such delight in participating in many of the college activities. In recent years, it has been a pleasure to continue this old friendship. We will dearly miss him. Our deepest sympathy goes to you and your family. With great fondness Liz and Andy Ward

Posted by Andy Ward    July 10, 2021

We have lost a close friend, and a great guy...All who knew Bill would agree, I am certain.

Our best to Joanny and their offspring.

Posted by Rob & Peggy Leeson - Friend   June 28, 2021

BILL WAS A GREAT FRIEND SINCE OUR EARLY DAYS IN NONQUIT , SAILING, ETC., AS WELL AS DURING OUR STAY AT HARVARD AND THE OWL CLUB.

I AM SURE HE WILL BE MISSED BY MANY...

ROB & PEGGY LEESON

HE WILL BE MISSED BY MANY, I AM SURE. PEGGY AND I SEND OUR CONDOLENCES AND
BEST WISHES TO JOANY AND THEIR CHILDREN.

ROB LEESON

Posted by ROBERT LEESON, JR LEESON - Wakefield, RI - Classmate   June 22, 2021

The town of Concord will miss BillĀ“s continued service to community affairs .

Posted by Charles Blair - Friend   June 21, 2021

Willy and I are sad to learn this news. We send Bill's family love and peace.

Posted by Fran and Willy Keene - South Dartmouth, MA - Friend   June 21, 2021

On behalf of the staff at the Concord Country Club, I extend our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to Joany and the Lawrence family. We are so sorry for your loss. Everyone at CCC will miss him, his great smile and sense of humor.

Posted by Elaine Dupuis - Concord, MA - Friend   June 21, 2021

He was a dear friend of my parents, Joan and Orrie Wood, and a longtime neighbor of my family in Concord. He will be sorely missed.

Posted by Susie Wood - Hingham, MA - Family Friend   June 20, 2021

Bill was one great guy. He followed me as Graduate President of the Owl Club and continued to be active in their events. He will be missed.

Posted by Pen White - Friend   June 20, 2021

So sorry to hear. Our condolences.

Posted by Bill & Alice Smith - N. Dartmouth, MA - Friend   June 20, 2021

Bill was my friend,confidant, and smile director! He was a stalwart buddy who made me feel very grateful for the years we shared in concord. A part of me has gone with him. God bless his family...especially Joany who made his life one of joy and love....Bill Barrett

Posted by Bill Barrett - Concord, MA - Friend   June 20, 2021

So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Anucha Browne - Brooklyn, NY - Family Friend   June 19, 2021

Sorry for your loss

Posted by Louie&Dora Branco - New Bedford, MA   June 19, 2021


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