LAWSON, Charles William
LAWSON, Charles William - 68, of Bayview, Digby Co., passed away peacefully in Digby General Hospital on October 30, 2007. Born in Island Harbour, Fogo Island, N.L., he was a son of the late George and Rebecca Lawson (Long). Charles served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 26 years, serving three years in Nato, Germany; several years in the Pine Tree Line, at numerous bases in British Columbia, Alberta, New Brunswick, Ontario, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia., retiring as Sergeant in the field of Physical Education and Recreation. He was awarded the CD, Queen's Jubilee Medal and NATO Special Services Medal. Retiring in 1984, he then spent eight years in the real estate industry. He was a member of the Masonic Order and a Past Master of Keith Lodge No. 16, Bear River. He was a Past Grand Lodge Officer, having served in Annapolis/Digby District as Grand Chaplain in 1998 and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 2001. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis (Burns) Lawson; brother, George Lawson (Joyce), Manitoulin Island, Ont.; sister, Dorothy Critch (Patrick), Grand Falls, N.L.; brother-in-law, Lewis Burns (Myrna), Digby; several nieces and nephews, and lifelong friend, Frank "Pepper" Martinello, Sydney, Cape Breton. Special thanks to Digby General Hospital staff, Yarmouth Oncology, VON Digby County, Digby County Palliative Care, Dr. M. Bander, Dr. K. Buchholz. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Victorian Order of Nurses, Tri County Branch. A graveside and Masonic service will be held on Saturday, November 3, in Bayview United Church Cemetery at 11 a.m., Father Bill Burt officiating.