James Lawler

James H "Jimmy" Lawler III

Wednesday, March 25th, 1942 - Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
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James Henry Lawler, III, 77, of Broad Brook, passed away peacefully at Johnson Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, with his fiancé at his side. Jimmy, as he was known, was born to James and Josephine (D’Aleo) Lawler in Hartford, CT in 1942. He had two younger twin siblings, John and Joan Lawler. In his teen years he worked for his Uncle at Roger’s Memorial Studios carving headstones and later became a highly respected Ironworker with Local 15 in Hartford. An avid motorcycle enthusiast, he purchased his first bike at the age of fourteen, a 1947 Indian. He owned several bikes over his lifetime. Among his favorites were the matching blue Nortons he owned with the love of his life, Pat. He always enjoyed a great cup of coffee and has many friends who will miss him at his local Dunkin hangout. He will forever have the reputation of the man who would give the shirt off his back and on an occasion, literally did just that. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Joan, wife Patricia (Dunn) Lawler, his oldest daughter Lori Gestring, mother-in-law, Lucille Dunn, and his sister-in-law, Andrea St. John. Jimmy is survived by his brother John; his daughter Amanda “Boz” Bates and her husband Daniel of Bennington, VT; two granddaughters, Siara Bates of Amherst, MA and Shannon Gestring; two great-grandchildren, Blakeleigh and Dominic of FL; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Theodora Couture, Lucille Brown, Andrew Dunn, Timothy Dunn and their families and several nieces and nephews. Jimmy also leaves his loving partner of fourteen years, Kimberly Lively, her children, Heather, Marissa, Tiffney, Kayla, Megan, and Tyler as well as several grandchildren who will miss him dearly. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, from 3 pm to 7 pm at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Rd., Enfield, CT. Funeral services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. On lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Jimmy’s memory may be made to Trinity Health of New England at Home, 76 Batterson Park Rd, Farmington, CT 06032. For online expressions of sympathy or directions please visit
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Leete Stevens Enfield Chapels
    61 South Rd.
    Enfield, CT 06082
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  • Interment

    At the convenience of the family
    Address Not Available


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Posted at 09:44am
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Tina Smith

Posted at 08:58pm
I met Jim a few years ago . He always had a good word for those he met .he always went out of his way to say hello and ask about your day .we had many a good laugh .He will greatly be missed by my family .

diane bligh

Posted at 02:09pm

Bob and I are so sorry for your loss

Diane and Bob

Sandy Balch

Posted at 10:16am
Jim was always there, when I had a break-up with his friend, he helped me move, he and Pat came to visit often. They would stop to have coffee and when they left, I would find money under his cup to help myself and the kids. One of the nicest guys I have ever met. gonna miss him.
Sandy (Murawski) Balch

Mandy Bates Lmt Posted at 06:12pm

Sandy, thank you so much for sharing that memory. Knowing how many people remember my dad this way is so comforting.

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