Stanley L. Lawrence Sr., 81STAMFORD, Vt. - Stanley Leroy Lawrence Sr., 81, of East Road died peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at his home. A local businessman and civic leader, Mr. Lawrence was co-founder and former owner of Stamford Valley Golf Course and had served on the School Board, Conservation Committee and as a former trustee of the Stamford Fire Department.
Born in Arlington on Dec. 29, 1930, son of Leroy E. Lawrence, former speaker of the Vermont House, and Marion Blood Lawrence, he was raised and educated in Stamford, and graduated from Drury High School in North Adams, Mass. He went on to attend the University of Maine, then transferred to the University of Vermont, where he was an Alpha Tau Omega fraternal brother, graduating with a bachelor of science in agricultural engineering in 1958.
He served in the Army and then was active with the Air Force Reserve as an aircraft radar technician in Burlington.
An engineer, Mr. Lawrence was first hired as a design engineer in the tractor division of Massey-Ferguson Co. in Detroit, Mich., where he received patent coverages on 15 designs of hydraulic wafering machines, which were considered ahead of their times.
He returned to Stamford in 1964 after being recruited by the former James Hunter Machine Co. in North Adams, where he became the chief engineer. During his 20 years there, he was granted many patent coverages on his mechanical engineering designs, including in ultrasonic welding. He went on to supervise and engineer at companies including Milton Bradley Toy Co. (The American Board Game Co., Candyland), Kimberly-Clark Corp. (Scott Tissue, Kleenex, Cottonelle), and became the director of research and development at Clark Aiken Manufacturing and ECH Will Manufacturing Corp. He was also the former owner of Berkshire Valley Auto Sales.
Mr. Lawrence is probably best known for converting the farm that he grew up on into the golf course, which he and his wife, Roberta, operated for 28 years before turning the family business over to their two sons to carry on their heritage.
He was active on the golf course's board of directors, was a member of the Masons in Adams, Mass., a Berkshire (Mass.) Shriner, a member of the Readsboro American Legion and attended Stamford Community Church. He enjoyed bowling, golfing and traveling the world for work and pleasure. He was a competitive cribbage and pitch player at the North Adams Elks and was a loyal Red Sox and Patriots fan. In his retirement years, he spent his days enjoying his children and grandchildren.
He will be remembered as a compassionate man who loved his family to the ends of the Earth.
He leaves his loving wife of 56 years, the former Roberta Maud Scott; his two sons, Stanley L. Lawrence Jr. and his wife, Sheila, and Mark R. Lawrence and his wife, Melissa, all of Stamford; a daughter, Kelli Lawrence Corbeil of Brattleboro; a sister, Ellison Finney; nine grandchildren, Stanley Lawrence III and his fiancĂ©e, Stacy Williams, Samantha Lawrence Zawistowski and her husband, Alan, Shaine Lawrence, Amanda Kelli Lawrence, Nicholas Lawrence, Matthew Lawrence, Chad Lawrence, Connor Corbeil and Zachary Corbeil; four great-grandchildren, Gabe, Scott, Skylar and Cooper; his mother-in-law, Fay Smith; daughter-in-law, Terry Lawrence; and numerous sister- and brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his son Scott Brian Lawrence, son-in-law William J. Corbeil, and his sisters Priscilla Mullett and Linda Noyes.
FUNERAL NOTICE - A memorial service for Mr. Lawrence Sr. will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. Stamford Community Church on Main Road.
Burial will be held privately by his family at a later date. Donations may be made to the Stamford Fire Department in care of Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams, MA 01247.