TREMONT — Captain George G. Lawson Sr., 85, a lifetime lobsterman of Bass Harbor, passed away peacefully at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family on Feb. 8, 2015. He was born on Nov. 3, 1929, in West Tremont, son of Perry Lawson Sr. and Vera (Seavey) Lawson. After graduating from Pemetic High School in 1948, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving two tours during the Korean Conflict. Upon his return to the States, he attended Husson College. In 1952, he married Charlotte Dunbar and settled in Tremont to raise their family.
As a young man, he went fish dragging with his father and began his own lobster fishing career at the age of 23. He continued lobstering until he was 82 years old.
George volunteered many hours on behalf of the town of Tremont, 35 years as a Tremont selectman and 25 years as a Tremont School Board member. He was instrumental in the planning of MDI High School.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Charlotte (Dunbar) Lawson, and his children, Belinda Lawson and partner, Ken Ogden, of Seal Cove, Pamela Lawson of Ellsworth, Cindy Murphy of Southwest Harbor, Gregory Lawson and his wife, Angie, of South Bristol, George G. Lawson Jr. and his wife, Beth, of West Tremont, Jennie Gray and her husband, Jon, of Greenville. His greatest joys in life were his eight grandchildren: Sonja Waldrop, Chantel Flewelling, Travis Murphy, Isiah Gray, Mariah Coffin, Dustin Lawson, John Perry Lawson and Ashley Lawson; and his 11 beloved great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Charles Lawson and Leonard “Buggar” Lawson, and his sisters, Francis Mitchell and Alice Cloak. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Perry “Boy” Lawson Jr.
A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Tremont Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Downeast Horizons, 77 Union St., Ellsworth, ME 04605.