William F. Lawton (Bill) passed away peacefully following a stroke on June 6th in Newmarket in his 82nd year. He was born Aug. 25, 1938 in Hamilton. He is predeceased by his loving parents George and Margaret (nee Scott) Lawton, his beloved wife Jean (2003) (nee Irvine), brother George (Edith), sisters Velma Robinson (Glynn), Joan Start (Roy) and Elaine Strang (Pat); nephews David Robinson, George Lawton (Ellen), Allan Start; nieces Jeannie Smith and Brenda Whittaker. He is survived by his sister Doris Schatz (late husband Harold), brother James (Barbara), his step-son David Cameron (Chris); nieces Doris New (Barry), Margaret Rumford (Ted), Judy Dibben (Bruce), Joan Robinson (Doug), Debbie Nelson (Albert), Myra Friday (Donald), Peggy Strang; nephews Glynn Robinson (Bonnie), Michael Schatz (Alison), Scott Strang (Debbie), William Strang (Helena); as well as many great nieces and nephews. Bill was a Firefighter in Hamilton for 30 years before retiring to the spacious log house he built in the 1980’s near Sprucedale, ON. As an outdoorsman he loved fishing, hunting and playing hockey. His fellow Firefighters Clarke Wood (Woodie), Tom McDade and the late Doug Barbour, as well as Joe Rowley were lifelong buddies. Glynn Robinson and family are especially remembered for their ongoing support to Bill. The family thanks the staff at the Southlake Regional Health Centre for their genuine and compassionate care for Bill. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later time.
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