Eugene Joseph Lawrie Sr., 81, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014.
He was born Aug. 27, 1932 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late William and Crecentia (Lake) Lawrie. Eugene was older brother to Raymond (deceased), Robert and Gerald.
He was baptized at St. Catherine of Alexandria Church on Sept. 11, 1932. He graduated from St. Michael's Catholic High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1951 and Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. in 1960 with a B.S. in chemistry.
In 1961, Eugene married Maureen T. Haggerty, who survives. He was a devoted father to Christopher, Kathleen, Stephen (Sandra), Eugene "Chip" Joseph Jr., Megan and Sarah; a loving grandfather to Nickole (Albert), Mary Katherine, David, Josephine, Isabella, Gabriel and Cresslyn; and a loving great-grandfather to Emilia.
Eugene had a lifelong career in the pigment industry, founding Allegheny Color Corporation in 1974. The business was made possible through the financial support of local shareholders, a local bank and government agencies (and of course, the Lord most of all).
A man of faith, he deeply respected the teachings of the Catholic Church, enjoying ministries in St. Leo Magnus Church and the Erie Diocese. He was deeply fond of the Ridgway community and the lifelong friendships he made.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Eugene Joseph Lawrie Sr. will be celebrated at St. Leo's Catholic Church on Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m. Celebrating will be Fr. Brian Vossler, pastor.
Interment will be in St. Leo's Cemetery.
Friends will be received at the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home on Friday, May 9 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Leo's School, 117 Depot St., Ridgway.