Robert “Jack” J. Lawrence, Jr

September 18, 1943 - February 9, 2009
Robert “Jack” J. Lawrence, Jr

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Robert J. Lawrence Jr.

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Robert Jackson Lawrence Jr. affectionately called “Jack” by his relatives and friends on February 9th, 2009. Jack, age 65, fought a courageous battle with cancer for several months. His tenacious spirit was revered by his family, friends and co-workers alike.

Jack was preceded by his parents Frances and Robert J. Lawrence of Williamsville, NY. He is survived by his loving wife, Erika Lawrence with whom he resided for many years in Clarence, NY before making their home in Wilmington, NC. Jack is also survived by his wonderful sons, Eric who is attending NCSU in Raleigh and by his sons Scott and Brian who continue to reside in Amherst and Williamsville, NY. Jack has two beautiful sisters Nancy Fuller of Okatie, SC and Highlands NC and Barbara Lawrence of Fort Lauderdale, FL. He also has three wonderful grandsons Dylan, Colin and Tyler Lawrence.

Jack lived an active life in upstate NY involving himself in community affairs and charitable organizations such as the Rotary Club. Jack was a great supporter of the local Arts especially Studio Arena in Buffalo, NY. He was an avid fisherman and a long supporter and active member of the Buffalo Curling Club and a great fan of the Buffalo Bills cheering them on for many years. Jack loved the water and spent many summer days boating with his family and enjoyed taking excursions in his motor home.

Jack graduated from Miami University, Ohio, with a business degree that he promptly put to use in the family business, Gardner Furniture, which was located in Buffalo NY, then Amherst, NY. As one of the owners of Gardner Furniture, Jack spent countless hours to help build it into the most reputable and successful furniture store with several outlets in Western New York. After retiring Jack and his family moved to their present home in Wilmington, NC where after a few years he found his way back to the furniture business putting his expertise and knowledge to work at Rooms To Go.

Memorial Service to celebrate the life of “Jack” will be held at 11AM on March 28th , 2009 at the Unity Christ Church , 717 Orchard Ave, Wilmington, NC (910-763-5155) followed by a luncheon for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 2222 South 17th St., Wilmington, NC 28401.

Online condolences may be sent to

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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  • February 25, 2009
    Celeste Cavanaugh says:
    Erika, Brian, Scott, and Eric, I was deeply saddened to read about Jack's passing. My thoughts are with your family. Jack will be remembered fondly. (Gardner Furniture)

  • February 22, 2009
    Anne and Steve Ohanessian says:
    Dearest Erika And Eric, We are so sorry about the death of Jack. His great smile, sense of humor and kindness will be missed. May you both find comfort in your good memories and know he truly loved you both. Eric go forth and study hard and make your Dad proud. Love, Annie

  • February 22, 2009
    Gary and Willow Brost says:
    Erica and Erik: We saw Jack's obit in the Buffalo News and were sorrowed by the news. We spent many hours on the sidelines of the soccer fields in Clarence together watching our sons grow up. We still miss the old crew on the travel league and the comaraderie generated in those fun times. Our prayers are with you and your family. Gary and Willow Brost

  • February 22, 2009
    Anthony Renna says:
    My deepest sympathy to your family for your lost. I worked many years with Jack at Gardner Furniture and have many fond memories of my time there. May God bless you in your time of sorrow.

  • February 22, 2009
    Janet Glor says:
    Dear Erika and Eric, We are sorry to read about Jack's passing. He was a dedicated volunteer to our neighborhood association. I hope that you are able to remember the good times and think of the peace that Jack is at now. Our sincere sympathy, Janet, Peter and Daniel