Robert “Jack” J. Lawrence, Jr

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

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 24, 2009
    Claudia Cairns says:
    My deepest sympathy to your entire family. The Gardner circle continues to shrink. Jack will be remembered by all who knew him.

  • February 22, 2009
    Barbara Marotto says:
    Dear Erika and Eric, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We remember the laughter and good times we all had together. May God give you peace knowing that Jack is now in His presence. Our deepest sympathy - Barb, Rich and Alec

  • February 22, 2009
    Shirley K. Reiser (Henry) says:
    Happy memories at Gardner

  • February 22, 2009
    Randy Lawrence says:
    Dear Erika, I was saddened to read that my former highschool classmate Jack has died. My heart-felt condolences go out to you and your family. Randy Lawrence

  • February 22, 2009
    Lawrence F. Tober says:
    Dear Erika and Family of Jack, I was saddened to learn of Jack's passing while looking for my aunt's death notice, right above his, in the Buffalo News this morning. He and I were good friends in grammer and high school at WCHS, and lived for many years across the street from one another on Meadowbrook Road. I have many fond memories of our trading tropical fish, building go carts, and yes, getting into trouble together along the banks of Ellicott Creek. Godspeed, old friend! Larry Tober