Stephen A. Lawrence Sr.

June 3, 1948January 12, 2019

A husband, a father, a volunteer and a leader, Stephen Anthony Lawrence, Sr. was all that and much more. Perhaps it was too early … more vacations to the Caribbean needed to be taken, more softball games needed to be played and more Red Sox and Patriots games to be seen; more mistakes to be fixed and people to say sorry to … and definitely more fun filled and happy family times needed to be had.

On Saturday, January, 12, 2019, at the young age of 70, Steve (as he was called) passed away while in the company of his family.

Steve was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts to the late Frank and Isabelle (Andrade) Lawrence and was part of a large family -- 12 siblings … so there was never a dull moment. Throughout his life, he loved spending time helping others. He was a volunteer for Kiwanis for many years and even became the local chapter president. From this point, he moved on to become a New England District Kiwanis Lt. Governor. When his son, Stevie (as the family calls him), played little league, Steve was there as his coach. And, when it came time for the annual Boy Scout car derby, Steve was there to help his son build the fastest car. His daughter, Shauna, will cherish forever the evening talks with her Dad by the wood stove, anything about sports or life- it didn’t matter because it was time spent together just the two of them.

Many friends and family members to this day remember the fun-filled summer pool parties Steve and his wife, Chris, often hosted throughout his life. And, if you didn’t get a chance to go to one, you always missed a great time! Exchange students were also part of his life and he will never forget them.

Steve was an entrepreneur at heart and after 20 years of working his way up from being a copier technician to an executive and partner at Smith Office Equipment Co., Inc., he ventured out on his own to proudly and successfully found two companies: CopyType Equipment Co., Inc. and Antiques & Things.

While there are many stories to share about his life – e.g. he was a sergeant in the Army Reserve, he loved to ski, lift weights, play softball, fix things, and build things – there just isn’t enough space to do it here. If you had the chance to meet him and be a part of his life in some way, we’re sure you have your own memories of him.

Most importantly, he truly loved his wife, his children, their spouses, and his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife – Christine E. (Guzaj) Lawrence; their son, Stephen A. Lawrence, Jr. and his wife Liping Kuo of Weymouth; their daughter, Shauna L. Gates and her husband Ryan C. Gates of Holden; and two grandchildren, Tucker W. Gates and Jackson A. Gates.

Services will be private


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Christopher Lawrence

January 24, 2019

Frank Lawrence Jr. once said to me if I need the grass cut,or the firewood brought in I know I can always count on you son for that,but if I ever need anything else no matter what it is I know I can count on your brother Steve he is always there for me like a ROCK-he is like my right arm. "Unforgettable"that's what you are my dear have only been gone a short time,but it feels like 20 years have passed since we lost you,I miss you dearly my brother Steve. In mom and dad's eyes,and in my eyes you were and will Always be TOPS. You are"The best that there is! The best that there ever was! The best that's ever going to be! My big brother Steve. I cannot now nor will I ever bring myself to say goodbye to you my brother,and friend,instead I will say "SO LONG" Steve. Farewell May You Rest In Peace. I Love You/Brother. Christopher Paul Lawrence

Mike Lawrence

January 23, 2019


I will never forget the mail route with Dad,lifting weights in the cellar,your wonderful generosity giving blood to help others,and of course all the softball games together.You tried your best and will be remembered.Thanks for the memories.

Your brother Mike and Family

Dianne Lawrence

January 21, 2019

Uncle Steve,
Uncle and godfather that never forgot a birthday, holiday or special event. You were always so good to me. I will forever remember your kindness, our talks and family get-to-gethers. Your words of genuine love and support to me when Jennifer passed away will always be on my mind and in my heart.

My love and prayers for peace to you and your family.


Bethany Lawrence

January 21, 2019

Sending strength and prayers to you all during this time. Many great memories of Uncle Steve. May he rest in peace. Love you all! - Bethany and family

Patrick Lawrence

January 21, 2019

My brother Stephen ; Life is so horribly short. It is with great sadness that you have left us but you now go with God. As my second oldest brother, I will always remember all the bedtime stories you would make up and tell us especially those about all the critters that supposedly lived in the attic ! When I was a kid of about 8 or 9 years old, you would give me 50 cents to go to Charlies and get you a pack of Winston which were .42 cents, telling me to keep the change. I was so happy as a pkg of twinkies across the street at F.J.W. Market were exactly 8 cents !!! I will never forget you teaching me to cook clam steamers on the grill instead of steaming them. Awesome ! I will always remember our talks over the last couple of years about family. You always had a heart the size of Mt. Everest !!! Doing, giving and never wanting anything in return. I will never forget you my brother Steve and will always love you. May your soul now rest in peace and above all, thanks for the memories !!!!!!!

Bernadette (Boucher) Lear

January 21, 2019

Uncle Steve --

Thank you for your many kindnesses to me and my family. One I particularly remember is a Thanksgiving when my Dad had been out of work. You dropped by with bags of groceries -- not just the basics, but Thanksgiving dinner too! Your example of charitable giving and community involvement is something I brought into my adulthood and I wish I'd had the chance to tell you all the cool stuff you inspired.

Wishing peace to you and your family.


Bernadette :)

Paul J Lawrence

January 20, 2019

Beloved big brother, teacher, friend, mentor. You are the one that taught me how to live. You taught me how to be happy in life. I get to live on with fantastic memories of our times at your antiques store. All the conversations about family and friends. All the antique road trips. All those that we helped over the years. All those Saturday meals. I am a much better man because of you! You will be missed by my wife Lisa and grandson Michael. You always gave so much of yourself asking nothing in return. Steve, I love you so much brother. I hope I can continue to carry that flame of life that I learned from you. You have left nothing to be sorry for! Nobody to apologize to! Rest peacefully brother Steve. You've earned every moment of it. Love always, your brother Paul.