Raymond C. Lawlor

1943 - 2016

ONEONTA - Raymond C. Lawlor, 73, passed away early Saturday morning, July 9, 2016, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, due to complications from his illness. 

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on May 23, 1943, Ray was a son of John and Harriet (Arps) Lawlor. At a young age his family moved to Florida where he spent most of his childhood. 

He moved back to the New York/New Jersey area where he worked for over 40 years as an electrician. For a time he owned and operated his own company, Aladdin Electric based in Sayreville, New Jersey. A member of the National Electrical Union #4, he worked in later years as an electrical inspector for both commercial and residential properties in New York.

On November 8, 1986, Ray married Beverly Heady in a ceremony at Ladentown United Methodist Church in Pomona. Since 2000 they have resided in Cooperstown. 

In his leisure, Ray enjoyed playing tennis, fishing and deep sea diving. He also served as a baseball umpire for local schools and at Cooperstown Dreams Park, and loved watching a variety of sports as well as going to the casino. 

Ray is survived by his wife of 30 years, Beverly; a daughter, Beth; son Bill and fiancé Nellie; stepson Clayton and wife, Sherry; four grandchildren, Katelyn, Brendan, Ashley and Eric; two brothers-in-law, Stan and wife Cathy and Bill and wife Terry; as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Harry, and a brother, Robert. 

Family and friends may call at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2016. A memorial service will be offered at the funeral home at 4 p.m. that afternoon, with the Rev. Betsy Jay, Chaplain at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, officiating.

Ray will be laid to rest at a later date in St. Peter's Cemetery in Haverstraw. 

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

If you would like to send condolences to the family, send an email to Connell, Dow & Deysenroth. We will forward your comments to the family. If you would like to send flowers in memory of the deceased, contact Mohican Flowers at (607) 547-8822, or A Rose is a Rose at (607) 264-3100.