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Melvin J"Smokey" Lawson

Melvin J. "Smokey" Lawson, 64, of Gardner, died peacefully, Wednesday, August 10, 2016 in Heywood Hospital of Gardner.
Melvin was born in Lowell on April 7, 1952, the son of the late Virgil and Nora (Casey) Lawson.
He graduated from Westford Academy with the Class of 1970.
Melvin was employed for several years by Westford Anodizing Company as a metal plater. He was previously a truck driver for Bekins Moving Company of Weymouth.
Melvin enjoyed fishing, playing cards and poker. He was an avid fan of the Boston Bruins and the Boston Red Sox. He loved animals, especially cats and dogs. Melvin loved spending time socializing with family and friends, and his brothers were always very important to him.
Melvin leaves two brothers Mark Lawson and fiancé Robin Williams of Ormond Beach, FL and Michael Lawson; two sisters, Madeline Lawson of Boston and Mary Gardner of Hyannis, MA; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two brothers, Marshall and Marty Lawson; and by one sister, Marlene Collins; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral Services will be private and held at the convenience of family.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gardner Animal Control Facility, with checks made payable to City of Gardner Shelter Fund, c/o Board of Health, 95 Pleasant Street, Room 29, Gardner, MA 01440. Please reference in memory of Melvin Lawson.

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RIP My brother Smoke. You are at rest now with Ma and fishing at Scargo lake . We left a bit of you at the IH too ! Dennis ,Kim myself and Robin miss you . Whenn we hear Bob Seger we will think of You. Later! Thank you Jessie,Jessica Dennis, Kim and Robin for everything you did for making Smokeys service so nice . Thank you for everyone who came and all who have thought of Smokey. I'm sure we all have our stories .Smile and laugh Smoke would want you to remember those times and smile and know Smokey will be laughing with you .

Mark Aug 21 2016 12:00 AM

Rest easy Uncle Smokey, I will always remember our trips to Florida, you driving the stick shift and you not letting Dawn and I change the TV when you were watching Hogan's Heroes. aMay you find peace and love in God's kingdom. I know you will watch over us all. Much love and I will meet you in heaven.

Cathy Aug 21 2016 12:00 AM

Rest in peace Uncle Smokey. It is a shame that Dennis did not tell your nieces and nephews about your wake.... Somethings never change, but you can rest now. Godbless Rosie

Sharon Heffernan Aug 21 2016 12:00 AM

I'll miss you uncle smokey, I'll never forget the times you and uncle mike spun me around on nanas foot rest, how you would take us to the Hyannis Arcades, and how much you had a love for animals.(especially pork chop) We love you and miss you

Emily Lawson Edwards Aug 21 2016 12:00 AM

Our sincere sympathy to the Lawson family for the loss of Smokey. Your cousin, Tim Casey.

Tim and Nita Casey Aug 21 2016 12:00 AM

Uncle Mel's beloved cat pork chop would want me to post his undying love and heartbreak over uncle Mel's passing seeing as uncle Mel and pork chop loved each other more than anyone outside of gardner could ever know. Oh and in gardner everyone called Mel uncle Mel. Mel would be heart broken if knew that pork chop wasn't listed in the obituary.....so I've taken the liberty of making sure pork chop was included.

Pork chop Aug 20 2016 12:00 AM

Mel was my everything, he took care of me when I was sick, he held me when I felt scared and whenever I've needed a shoulder to cry on I could always count on him. I spent ten years of my life loving him as a member of my own family, the fact that he wasn't my blood never once mattered to either one of us. I was by his side the day the doctor walked into his hospital room to tell him about his cancer and my boyfriend Rob and I made sure he had everything he needed as well as anything he wanted. Everyone knew him as uncle Mel but truthfully uncle Mel was like a combination of friend uncle and father to me and my life will never again be the same without him here to make me smile. Having him in my life honestly made me a better person than I ever thought that I could be. I'd give anything in the world to have him back. Rest In peace uncle Mel....until we meet again, don't forget to save me a seat. I love you uncle Mel.....always and forever yours. Julie

Julie celona Aug 20 2016 12:00 AM

Rest in peace Smokey, whenever I drive by the wall I will always remember and think of you,

Darlene Dundas Aug 20 2016 12:00 AM

Rest In Peace Uncle Smokey.

Dennis Collins Aug 19 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Melvin Lawson

Boucher Funeral Home lit a memorial candle Aug 18 2016 12:00 AM

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