Crosbie J. Lawlor

Crosbie J. Lawlor, 89, of Milton, formerly of Dorchester, passed away on April 15, 2019.

Born in Boston on July 3, 1929, to his loving parents, Jeremiah and Helen (McLaughlin) Lawlor, Crosbie graduated from Boston College High School in 1947 and Boston College in 1951.  He went on to serve as a Forward Observer with the U. S. Army during the Korean War. He served in combat as a 1st Lieutenant and after several years in the Army Reserve ended his service as a Captain.   

After the military, Crosbie worked for New England Telephone/NYNEX. He had many positions during his 30-plus years of work, but he found his niche in the marketing and sales departments. He was especially proud of his work establishing NIKE missile sites throughout New England.

Growing up in Dorchester, he met the love of his life, Mary Ridge. They were married on July 7, 1951, and shared almost 67 happy years together.

Crosbie was proud of his service in the Army and always looked forward to his reunions. In 2018, he was awarded the Ambassador for Peace medal by the South Korean government. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Knights of Columbus.

Crosbie was an avid reader. He enjoyed playing cribbage, bowling, taking walks in the rain, and gardening; he had a large and productive plot at the Community Garden at Cunningham Park. He volunteered for many years at St. Gregory Church and was an active member of the Council on Aging. Most important to Crosbie was spending time with his wife and their children.

Beloved husband of the late Mary C. (Ridge) Lawlor, he was the father of Joseph A. Lawlor and his wife Susan of Marshfield; Maureen M. and her late husband Walter Carr of Milton; Anthony F. Lawlor of Milton; Eileen M. Lawlor and her husband Paul DeBonis of Quincy; Jerome C. Lawlor and his wife Jean of Quincy; and Cecelia M. Lawlor and her husband Joseph Callahan of Norwell.

Grandfather of Kathleen, Michael, and Patrick Lawlor; Sheila, Nora, and Aidan DeBonis; Julia and Rosemary Brewer; and Veronica Callahan. He was the great grandfather of Nolan Francis;  brother of Thomas Lawlor of Quincy and the late John Emmett, Joseph P. and Helen Lawlor; and brother in-law of the late Sr. Cecelia Ridge, MFIC.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated in St. Agatha Church in Milton. Interment was in Milton Cemetery.

Donations in Crosbie’s memory may be made to Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, 790 Centre St., Newton, MA 02458.

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