James A. Lawton

Jun 22, 2020
James Lawton

Friendship — James Alden Lawton, 90, of Friendship, Maine died May 26, 2020 after a long and happy life. One of five siblings, he was born May 10, 1930, to Percy Lawton and Ruth Waterman Lawton of Providence R.I. He was married for 65 years to his beloved wife, Priscilla H. Carter Lawton of Bremen.

James graduated from Central High School in Providence, R.I. and went on to serve in the Navy during the Korean War as an engineman onboard the USS Midway, and the Rhine River Patrol in Germany.

Priscilla and James built their own home in Central Square, N.Y. and raised their family while cheering on Orange Basketball. James worked for 40 years in the auto industry in Syracuse, N.Y., for GE, GMC, and Chrysler Corporation.

Retiring in 1994, they moved to Florida to enjoy the weather, and become avid square dancers. During this time, they traveled to Alaska, Australia, Canada and Germany and spent summers in Friendship. There, he enjoyed serving as a library trustee, gardening and activities at the United Methodist Church.

James is survived by his three children, Bruce and Arlene Lawton of Inverness, Fla., David and Melody Lawton of Cazenovia, N.Y., and Joan Lawton of Scarborough.

In addition to three grandchildren, Nolan Scheemaker of Cambridge, Mass., Emilia Scheemaker of Scarborough, and Megan Lawton of Cazenovia, N.Y., he has two great grandchildren, Arthur James and Odessa Pearl Scheemaker.

James is predeceased by his wife Priscilla, and his brothers and sisters, Florence Ray, Donald Lawton, and Robert Lawton of Providence, R.I., and Dorothy Pentilla of Englewood, Fla.

A memorial service in his honor will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Village Cemetery at the United Methodist Church in Friendship. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Friendship Library.

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