OBITUARY

Thomas Edward Lawler

September 21, 1948March 14, 2020
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Thomas E. Lawler of Norman, a letter carrier for more than 25 years and a father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, passed away Saturday after a brief illness. He was 71. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Tom grew up on Long Island before he moved to Oklahoma in 1971 and attended the College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma where he instantly settled in as a Sooners' fan. Tom could be seen every day sporting a mustache and wearing a starched white shirt, a sports coat, and a Yankees' cap. Even though his birthplace was 1,500 miles away, he never gave up his love for the Giants and the Yankees. Or his passion for softball. Playing on the same team with his two sons, Chris and Dan, his favorite quip was “Lawler at bat, Lawler on deck, Lawler in the hole.” A military history buff, Tom's favorite pastimes were coin collecting and his trips to the casino. He also loved regaling friends and family with stories from his life and his experiences. He was the past president and current treasurer of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 1491 (Norman, OK). Tom's parents, John and Margaret Lawler, predeceased him. He will be sorely missed by his sons, Chris (Tina) Lawler, Norman, and Dan (Emily) Lawler of Phoenix, AZ; and by his brothers and sisters, William and (Claudia) (deceased) Lawler of Willow Springs, NC; John (Georgia) Lawler, Los Angeles, CA; Edward (JoAnn) Lawler, West Babylon, NY; Patricia (Frank) Latawiec, Huntington, NY; Margaret (Mike) Luciani, Ocean Pines, MD; and Linda Ferris, Coram, NY. He also is survived by three grandchildren -- Lauren Lawler and Paige Lawler of Norman, and Olivia Lawler of Phoenix, AZ -- numerous nephews and nieces, including Kimberlynn Lawler (goddaughter) of Raleigh, NC.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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Linda Lawler Ferris

March 19, 2020

By the time I was 5 or 6 Tom was already out of the house. He was in college in Oklahoma. I remember that he came home during the summer to work at the lumber place in town. That is where he found the puppy we later named Snowflake. Tom snuck the gog in the house thru the front door, a sure sign to Mom that he was up to something as we only used the front door for company. We always used the kitchen door. I will miss his texts and phone calls he did to check up on me. His love and support during the last year has helped me so much to recover as much as I have. I will miss him greatly. One day we will be together again.

Linda Lawler Ferris

March 19, 2020

By the time I was 5 or 6 Tom was already out of the house in college in Oklahoma. I do remember him coming home during the summer when he would work at the lumber place in town. I remember when he found the puppy we named Snowflake. She was so tiny she fit in the palm of your hand. How Tom snuck her in the front door to hide it from Mom. But even then, Mom was too smart for us kids and she knew he was up to something as he used the front door. We only used the front door for company. Every else used the side( kitchen) door. I will miss Tommy calling to check up on me and my health. We talked or texted regularly. His strength and encouragement helped me a great deal this last year. I am so going to miss him.

Margaret Luciani

March 19, 2020

My brother Tom was a wonderful brother, he was always there for you. Tom could build you up when you were down and could always make you laugh. He loved to tell us stories, and silly jokes. His sense of humor was great. We all will never forget his pranks such as one Thanksgiving, when my new husband Mike answered the telephone and hung up. When we inquired who was on the phone, he said some prankster gobbling! We all laughed and said it was Tommy! Needless to say, my husband never lived that down! Tom always called Mike and me to let us know his beloved Sooners were on television so that we could watch it on the east coast. My husband Mike would tease Tom and ask him whether this was the year the Sooners were “OU” or “PU”! And let us not forget about his favorite baseball team, the New York Yankees! My husband is a sports fanatic so Mike and Tom always had sports in common to discuss. We will all miss our long conversations with Tom and his sense of humor. Rest in peace brother!

John Lawler

March 17, 2020

As his brother, it is so hard to put in a few words how great a brother Tom was. He had the biggest heart which is such a wonderful asset but also his weakness. Tom would help anyone, he would be there for you and drop whatever he was doing to talk with you or share his wonderful stories, no matter how many times he told you. Yes, Tom was a talker. He would remember everything about our childhood, it was always the good things, never the bad. Tom loved everyone, his brothers, sisters, his sons Chris and Danny. His nieces, nephews and especially his grandchildren, Lauren and Page. Tom and I would talk for hours on the phone, about anything and everything, boy did he have a great memory. I will miss my brother and friend. There is a special place in heaven for Tom and may God bless and keep him forever. Love you, your brother John.

Andrew Tengeres

March 16, 2020

Tom was always such a gentleman to work with at the Norman Post Office. He was cool, calm and collected no matter the circumstance. It was great when he visited our home over the Christmas holiday. He will be missed. May God bless him as he now rests in everlasting peace.

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