W. Lawler Obituary (1947 – 2021) – West Wyoming, PA
Bill Lawler of western Wyoming died on Monday, July 19, 2021 from a brief illness.
Mr. Lawler, born in 1947, was the son of the late James Wand Mary Teresa Lawler, Pittston.
A graduate of Scranton Prep and the University of Scranton, Mr. Lawler was a retired educator, having taught at Kingwood Twp. Elementary school, Frenchtown, NJ; Académie Sainte-Anne, Wilkes-Barre; and Pittston Area School District, where he retired after a successful 33-year career.
Bill was known locally for his abilities as a golfer, having won a number of tournaments, including several he shared with exceptional partners at team events. Bill was most proud of his record total of 13 Fox Hill Country Club Men’s Club Championships. A member of this wonderful club since 1963, Bill could meet there almost every day, weather permitting, thanks to his lovely and understanding wife, Gloria. He was fortunate to have acquired and maintained many lifelong friendships through the game he loved so much.
Bill’s game has also traveled well, having seen success at state and local amateur events hosted by the United States Golf Association, the Philadelphia Golf Association, and the Charcoal Golf Association. Bill proudly served Northeastern Pennsylvania Golf as AGA President for many years and was honored by this organization when its junior golf program was named “The Lawler Junior Tour” for its efforts. de Bill in the organization and management of events. He was ably helped by Don Cragle, Ralph Toole and the Coleman brothers, Len and Joe, in the promotion of junior golf.
Lawler’s best year of golf was 2006 when he qualified and competed at the USGA Senior Amateur in Newburgh, Indiana. He qualified for the Match Play division, tied for 20th place before this stage of the competition. This accomplishment also pre-qualified him for the 2007-2008 senior UK amateur tournaments, but Bill did not make the trips. That same year, he finished second in the Pennsylvania State Senior Amateur at Waynesborough Country Club and also won the Fox Hill Country Club Men’s Club Championship and the Senior Club Championship! Additionally, Bill won senior player of the year honors in both the Anthracite Golf Association and the Philadelphia Golf Association in the same year.
Lawler would have been a Renaissance man by many who knew him. A gifted musician, Bill played the piano, guitar and bluegrass banjo and also composed music for each of these instruments.
He always joked that he wrote about 40 songs, but they were at “various stages of completion.” Lawler began a second writing career in 2006 with the release of his self-published “Rank Amateur, A Selection of Musings and Vague Recollections of a Passionate Golfer”. He followed up this effort with a sequel, “Rank Amateur II, The Saga Continues”. Both of these works were semi-autobiographical in nature, listing many of Lawler’s experiences playing golf along the US East Coast against some of the country’s top amateurs.
Several years later, Lawler tried his hand at novels. He considered himself a “Sherlockian”, one of the fans of the famous character of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and completed two novels. MX Publishing of London printed these two mysteries, both pastiches of the characters from Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. “Mystery at St Andrews”, a golf mystery, was followed several years later by “Treachery in Torquay”, another Holmes-Watson tale, both of which met with modest success locally and abroad. He recently completed a book on legendary Dunmore Yankees fan Jim Brozzetti titled “Jim Brozzetti, Mr. 917” which captures the many stories and famous people Brozzetti has met during his famous 917-game streak. consecutive home Yankees that lasted over 11 years. !
Bill continued to write throughout his life, calling his writing a “winter hobby” and enjoyed spending time in front of his computer and piano when the weather made golf less enjoyable.
Bill’s family would like to thank Dr. Bill Boyle, Dr. Roy Gernhardt and Dr. Norman Saidman for their expert care and concerns as well as their nursing staff. The family would also like to recognize the efforts of Dr. Sanjay Reddy and Dr. Jennifer Higa and all the staff at Fox Chase Cancer Center for the care they received there.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Gloria; brother, Joe Lawler and wife, Libby, Fairfax, Virginia; sisters-in-law, Judi Hans and husband, Don, Pottstown; and Nany Kutzer and her husband, James, Cranford, NJ; brother-in-law, George Gibblets and wife, Beth, Leland, NC; nephews, Joseph Lawler and wife, Lora; and their two lovely daughters, Brenna Tess and Gracie Ellen, Arlington, Va .; Michael Lawler and his wife, Ainsley and their lovely daughter, Ellie, Falls Church, Virginia; Drew Hans and his wife, Jessica, Pottstown; Cameron and Adam Kutzer, Cranford, New Jersey; Mike Gibblets, Brunswick, Georgia; Matthew Gibblets, Leland, North Carolina; and niece, Ashley Hans, Pottstown.
The family will receive friends and relatives Monday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Adonizio Funeral Home LLC, 251 William St., Pittston. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 am in St. Monica Parish, 363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming, under the presidency of Rev. Peter Tomczak. Those present are asked to go directly to the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Monica Parish, 363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming, or the Anthracite Golf Scholarship Fund (by check payable to the Scranton Area Foundation, 615 Jefferson Ave., Scranton, PA 18510. Please list Lawler – Anthracite Scholarship Fund in check memo.)
To express your condolences, visit Bill’s obituary at www.adoniziofuneralhome.om.
Posted by Citizens Voice on August 6, 2021.