Edward David Lawfer

June 10, 1937May 29, 2018
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Edward David Lawfer, of Warminster, passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at his daughter’s home in Warminster. He was 80 years old. Born and raised in Horsham, he lived in Warminster for over 50 years.

After Ed served his country in the Marine Corps., he met and married Nora Novak in 1965 and settled in Warminster. They raised their four daughters in the home that he still lived in until his passing. His daughters fondly remember waiting for him each day after work to drive them home in his pick-up truck. Ed and his brother, Jim were partners of Cyan Electronics in Horsham for over twenty years until they sold the business in 1993. For the last twelve years, Ed has worked for the maintenance department at Elm Terrace Gardens in Lansdale. He truly enjoyed his time there. He loved his co-workers, as well as the residents and was fortunate to have made many lasting friendships.

Ed will be remembered for his quirky sense of humor. He was always coming up with something crazy that would catch you off guard and make you laugh. He loved old cars and motorcycles. He was very talented at fixing anything.

Ed adored his children and grandchildren and will be remembered by many as a generous, caring, compassionate man that gave the best hugs.

Ed was pre-deceased by his wife Nora in 2011. He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law; Pamela and James Christensen, Stephanie and Kenneth Schenck, Valerie and Robert Archambeau and Elaine Goodspeed, his six grandchildren; Mathew, Victoria, Caitlin, Jimmy, Danny and Lila, and his brother, James Lawfer.

Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Gathering on Monday, June 4, 2018 at Lamb Funeral Home, Huntingdon Valley, from 5-8 pm. Interment services will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, at 10 am. Donations in Ed’s memory may be made to Williams- Syndrome Association: 570 Kirts Blvd. Suite 223. Troy, MI 48084-4153, (248)244-2229, or the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517,Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517, (855)448-3997,


  • Joseph Lawfer, Father
  • Anna Lawfer, Mother
  • Nora Lawfer, Wife
  • Pamela Christensen, Daughter
  • James Christensen, Son-in-law
  • Stephanie Schenck, Daughter
  • Kenneth Schenck, Son-in-law
  • Valerie Archambeau, Daughter
  • Robert Archambeau, Son-in-law
  • Elaine Goodspeed, Daughter
  • James Lawfer, Brother
  • John Martin Lawfer, Brother
  • Larry Lawfer, Brother
  • Miriam Keller, Sister
  • Helen Norton, Sister
  • Ann Ferry, Sister
  • Mathew Lawfer, Grandson
  • Victoria Goodspeed, Granddaughter
  • Caitlin Goodspeed, Granddaughter
  • James Christensen Jr., Grandson
  • Daniel Christensen, Grandson
  • Lila Archambeau, Granddaughter
  • Edward is also loved and will be greatly missed by his six grandchildren: Mathew, Victoria, Caitlin, Jimmy, Danny and Lila.


  • Memorial Gathering Monday, June 4, 2018
  • Interment Services Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Edward David Lawfer

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February 1991


Ed at 10 months old


Bobby Messigner and Eddie - July 1939


Ed & Jim & puppies - 1946


Ed & Jim - June 1952


      When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Edward David Lawfer who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Edward was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Edward knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

      Edward was born on June 10, 1937 at Abington Hospital in Abington, PA. His parents were Joseph and Anna. Edward was raised in Horsham, PA. Even as a youngster, Edward learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, Edward was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. Edward was raised with 6 siblings: Larry, John, Helen, Miriam, Ann and Jim. Edward had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Edward, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.

      Edward's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. Growing up he was a boy scount and later a Marine. In his spare time he liked hanging out with his friends and playing with his dog.

       A logical and focused thinker, Edward was always good at following directions and meeting his schedules. Edward’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time".

           Edward was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Edward would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Edward was blessed with 4 daughters; Pamela, Stephanie, Valerie and Elaine. He was also blessed with 6 grandchildren; Mathew, Victoria, Caitlin, Jimmy, Danny and Lila.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Edward was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Edward was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Edward upheld his standards. His primary occupation was engineer. He was employed for the last 12 years as a Maintenance Technician at Elm Terrace Gardens. He was also the co-owner of Cyan Electronics in Horsham, PA for over 20 years. Edward was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Edward was a Marine. His sense of duty helped lead him into the military where his understanding of rank, his willingness to abide by rules and regulations and his desire to follow orders was admired by his fellow service men and women. He was sent all over the world and loved to travel. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Corporal.

      Edward approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were riding a motorcycle, fixing things and spending time with his daughters and grandchildren. Edward was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Edward to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Phillies and Eagles games. He also enjoyed watching big name boxing matches.

      Edward was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Edward’s favorites was Lucky. They were best friends for a few years after he stole her from his daughter. He loved animals as a child. His dog Amy was constantly having puppies.

      Edward passed away on May 29, 2018 at his daughters house in Warminster, PA. He is survived by his children Pam, Steph, Val and Elaine and his grandchildren; Matt, Victoria, Caitlin, Jimmy, Danny and Lila and his brother Jim and his wife Janet. Services were held at Lamb Funeral Home in Huntingdon Valley, PA. Edward was laid to rest in Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, PA.

      All who knew him would agree that Edward was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Edward David Lawfer did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.