WESTFIELD - Raymond C. Lawson, Jr., age 67, of Westfield died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, from injuries sustained that day in a motor vehicle accident in Columbus Township, Pa.
Ray was born on Nov. 4, 1945, in Jamestown, N.Y., a son of the late Raymond C. and Katherine "Kate" (Riley) Lawson, Sr.
A 1963 graduate of Mayville Central School, Ray earned his Associate Degree from Coyne Electrical Technical School in 1965. He enjoyed a long career with Sears and Roebuck Company as a service technician, working out of the Lakewood, N.Y., service center, when he retired in 2005 after 40 years of service.
Raymond C. Lawson, Jr.
Ray was very active in the Westfield Fire Department, where he served as Chief from 1984 to1986 and held virtually every office within the hook and ladder company and fire department. He was also active on many committees including the finance committee, various truck committees and has served as an officer of the first aid squad. Ray was the chairman of the annual Ox Roast since 1984 and head of the chicken and rib barbecues. He had been president of the Exempt Fireman's Association since 1986 and was a past president of the department's past Chief's Association. Ray was also active in the county and state wide fire service, served on the Chautauqua County Fire Advisory Board, the Radio Committee and the R-Fire Program. He was a member of countless fire organizations including, but not limited to, the State and County Chiefs Associations and the Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen.
He was also a member of the Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club, where he groomed trails from 1979 to 1988 as well as being a member for the Chautauqua Overland Ski Marathon. He enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, motor cycling, hauling grapes for Rammelt Farms and tinkering on his own farm. He was also loved dearly by his friends in the Amish community.
Survivors including his wife of 47 years, Felicia (Syper) Lawson, whom he married on June 19, 1965, in Mayville, N.Y.; his three daughters, Dawn (Robert) Betts of Westfield, N.Y., Rachel (James) Morrison of Westfield, N.Y., and Valerie (Dennis Odebralski) Lawson of Dunkirk, N.Y.; his sister, Peggy L. Holcomb of Mayville, N.Y.; his brother, Frederick (Rita) Himes of Dade City, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. Ray was the very proud grandfather of seven grandchildren, including Thomas and Ashley Betts, Taylor and Caleb Lawson, Brent and Courtney Morrison and Dennis "DJ" Odebralski.
Friends were invited to call on Saturday, Dec. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Westfield Fireman's Exempt Hall, 75 Bourne St., Westfield, N.Y., where the funeral was held at 3 p.m., with Rev. Mark Teets officiating. Family also received friends following the service. Private burial was at Mayville cemetery.
Rays family suggests memorials be made to The Westfield Fireman's Exempt Assoc., 75 Bourne St., Westfield, N.Y. 14787 or to the Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club, P.O. Box 134, Mayville, N.Y.,14757. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Mason Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, N.Y.
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