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John William Lawson, Jr.

February 1, 1930 ~ October 27, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old

John Lawson, Jr. Obituary

John William Lawson, Jr., 93 of Cromwell, CT passed away peacefully on October 27, 2023, at Covenant Living in Cromwell.  Born in Manchester, IL, grew up in Jacksonville, IL, he lived most of his life in CT.  John was the son of the late John W Sr and Thelma Pauline (Lyles) Lawson.

John entered the United States Navy on 12-1-52 and was on the USS Knapp, a Fletcher-class destroyer during the Korean War/Conflict.  While serving, John earned a National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal (European Clasp), and United Nations Service Medal.

John was a retiree from the Connecticut Foundry in Rocky Hill. He enjoyed crabbing, fishing, and his grandchildren.  He enjoyed going to his grandkid’s sports games and especially Cromwell basketball and football. He also enjoyed visiting his brother Fred & family in IL.  While out in IL on vacation he would stay up until 1am playing Cinch with his entire family.

John and Carole both enjoyed their breakfast outing every day with their McDonalds “gang”.

John is survived by his daughters Laura P Lawton and her husband Peter of Cromwell, Regina A Villard and her husband Derrick of Cromwell, his grandchildren Danielle (Lawton) Levesque and her husband James of Vernon, Andrew Lawton and his wife Nicole and his great-granddaughter Genevieve, Derrick Villard, Jr and Mya Villard. He is also survived by his brother Frederick Porter Lawson of IL nieces, nephews, and grandnieces & nephews all of IL.

Along with his parents, John was pre-deceased by his wife of 63 years Carole M (Ferrari) Lawson, his sisters Wandaline, Geraldine, Marjorie and brothers Raymond and Glen Lawson.

Family and friends may call on Friday, November 3, 2023, from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the Cromwell Funeral Home 506 Main Street, Cromwell CT.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am at the funeral home. A burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Park in Rocky Hill where full military honors will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, 2275 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 9, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 or to Connecticut Fallen Heroes Foundation, 9 Bear Den Road, Trumbell, CT 06611.  To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit

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November 3, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Cromwell Funeral Home
506 Main Street
Cromwell, CT 06416

Funeral Service
November 3, 2023

11:00 AM
Cromwell Funeral Home
506 Main Street
Cromwell, CT 06416


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