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Tristan Lawson,12

Tristan McCarthy Lawson, 12 of Williamstown died on Monday, October 4, 2021 at Albany Medical Center.

Tristan was born in Springfield, MA. on August 26, 2009 a son of Daniel Edward & Maury M. (McCarthy) Lawson. He attended Williamstown Elementary School.

Tristan was fun, loving, caring and kind. He always thought of others before himself. Despite suffering from DIPG ( Diffuse intrinsic Pontine Glioma) , also know as brain stem cancer- Tristan would always think of others and ask how they were doing.

Tristan was very smart and athletic (before the cancer affected him). Tristan knew all of his multiplication facts through 12’s by the end of third grade and could climb a very tall swing-set pole to the top with ease. Tristan loved to do things: swim, play frisbee, X-C Ski ( especially at Prospect Mt. in VT with his triplet brothers through The Bill Koch League),basketball, apple picking, soccer, hiking, sledding, ……..

Tristan read MANY books just for his love of reading. He wrote in a journal daily with his loving cat , “Stripes”, by his side. His brown striped cat with white paws, nose, and belly truly loved him. They comforted each other.

Stripes loved to sleep as close as possible to and on Tristan- which has given us many wonderful photos. Tristan got Stripes as a kitten when he started his cancer battle for extra love, comfort and cuddling. They definitely were a truly loving match that were meant to be.

Tristan also loved his family, friends, Pusheen, cats in general, camping, hiking, fishing, sports, school ( Tristan loved to learn and was serious about it), cooking, making computer slide shows and working with computers, and many cartoons ( Gravity Falls, The Owl House, Amfibia, The Simpson’s, The Amazing World of Gumball, Big City Greens……. ).

Tristan started fighting his cancer battle with Doctors in Boston MA, but after a couple of months moved to Doctors in New York City at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital where they could do a lot more to help him. We did everything that we could for a terminal cancer, believing that we could be someone who would over come this- but unfortunately that was not our outcome. DIPG is unfortunately the worse brain cancer a child can get……

Tristan’s cancer tissue has been donated to Weill Cornell Medical / New York Presbyterian Hospital through, ”Gift From A Child,” in a continued stand against cancer

(Please look up the organization “ Gift From A Child”). , to help in finding a cure to this awful disease. Tristan is still helping others even after his death. Tristan and his family were extremely close, he will be missed more than words can say. He was so loved by his family and he loved them back just as much.

Tristan leaves his parents, Daniel & Maury Lawson as well as his siblings including, his sister Juliann Lawson, brother and identical triplet, Hunter Lawson, fraternal triplet, Daniel Lawson and his brother, Nicholas Lawson of Chapin, SC. Tristan also leaves his paternal grandmother, Joan (Bohl) Lawson and maternal grandfather Robert E. McCarthy Jr. and uncles, aunts and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandmother, Juliann McCarthy and grandfather, Richard Lawson.


FUNERAL NOTICE: A liturgy of Christian Burial to celebrate the life of Tristan Lawson will be on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 9:00 AM at St. Patrick & Raphael Church, Williamstown. Calling hours will be on Friday, October 8, 2021 from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Flynn & Dagnoli – WEST CHAPEL 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA 01247. Memorial donations are suggested for the Lawson Family Fund or Gift From A Child through the funeral home. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

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Dear Maury and Dan, Words cannot express how deeply sorry our whole family is for your dreadful loss. We are thinking of you and praying for you all as you grieve. Please know that you are in our hearts now and always.
from: Sloane Torreson: 10-13-2021

Maury, thinking of you and your family in this very difficult time. It sounds like Tristan was a wonderful young person with a wonderful, caring family that supported him. Sending love.
from: Sue (Bullett) Durocheron: 10-11-2021

Daniel and Maury:
On behalf of Prospect Mountain, I would like to pass along our condolences for the loss on your son. We know your family, including Tristan, enjoyed skiing on our trails.

David Newell
from: Prospect Mountain Associationon: 10-11-2021

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. He is an angel In heaven
from: Mary Dupuis on: 10-08-2021

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of Tristan.
Tristan was an awesome athlete he always ready to play and gave 100%. He will be greatly missed. Please know that he is in my thoughts and prayers.
from: Rob Hnatonko on: 10-07-2021

So very sorry for your loss. I was his nurse for a very short angel who is now at peace.
from: Dr.Mary Ellen Morrisseyon: 10-07-2021

Dear Maury, Dan, Julie, Hunter and Danny, and extended family. I was devastated to hear about Tristan’s struggle with childhood brain cancer and his passing. I am SO very sorry for your loss. I remember him when he and he and his brothers came to Personal Fitness on occasion, and he was such a sweet boy. His obituary sounded like he lived a short but very full life, and for that I am grateful. But it’s hard, really hard. I will not call you now—although I would love to tell you in person how very sorry I am—but I will wait to get in touch in a week or two. Please reach out if there is anything I can do at the moment. In the meantime, I will keep Tristan and all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Mary Lou
from: Mary Lou DeWitton: 10-07-2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Reading this story of his life, it sounds like he lived his short life to the very fullest. God bless you and may your many fond memories console you in at least some way.
from: Mary Swifton: 10-07-2021

Maury and Dan, Steve and I are so sorry for your the loss of your beautiful boy. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
from: Donna Nareyon: 10-07-2021

Dear Maury and Family, I haven’t seen you in many years- you used to babysit for me when I was growing up in Williamstown, memories I fondly recall. I have just read the devastating news of the loss of your gorgeous son Tristan. I just want you to know that Tristan, you and your whole family are very much in our prayers. I hope that you find strength in the memory of your amazing child. Sending you much love. Jenny
from: Jenny (Walsh) Singeron: 10-07-2021

Praying for peace and comfort during this time. Hold on to all Tristan's memories - and he will remain close to your hearts forever.
from: Tammy Wrighton: 10-07-2021

So sorry to hear of your heartbreaking loss and praying for your whole family.
from: Valerie Hallon: 10-07-2021

We are so very sorry for your Loss, Tristan was a truly gifted loving caring smart and wonderful child. As a parent of three children my heart goes out to you and I’m sure that Tristan is running in green pastures and jumping over quiet babbling Brooks in heaven. He is Happy , and singing with Family Who has gone before him and who are there to welcome him . I am sure that he is looking down from Heaven and sending love to you and your family . :). I pray that God gives you all strength and courage during this very difficult time.
Sincerely ,
Bill Kelton and family
from: Bill Keltonon: 10-07-2021

Oh Maury, I am so very sorry. Please call me if there's anything I can do to help you through this.

from: Shannon Santelli on: 10-07-2021

Maury, So very sad to hear of this loss. Peace and love to your family from mine.
from: Tanya Snyderon: 10-07-2021

We are so sorry to hear of Tristan's passing. Blessings to you as you navigate and celebrate his life. Our thoughts are with you all. Love and Light - Ken, Kolin, Jackson and Jenna Sullivan-Bol
from: Sullivan-Bol Familyon: 10-07-2021

So very sorry for your loss Maury. Tristan sounds like he was an amazing young man. Thinking of you all.
from: Ryan Cameronon: 10-06-2021