Robert S. Lawrence

Robert S. Lawrence, 71, of Manchester, the beloved husband of 46 years of Doreen Elizabeth (Pillard) Lawrence passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at his home.   Born in Hartford, he was the son of the late Stephen and Mary-Katherine (McVeigh) Lawrence and had lived in Manchester his whole life.  He was a graduate of East Catholic High School and received his Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Hartford. He had retired from The Hartford after more than 30 years.  Bob enjoyed his hobbies, trains, boating, camping and cars.  An avid car enthusiast, he was a member of the Corvette Club and the proud owner of the most American car ever made, his 55' Chevy Bel Air.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Erin Shemanskis and her husband Rich of Manchester, Jared Lawrence and his wife Nicole of Coventry, and Bridget Tanner and her husband Ryan of Coventry; his grandchildren R.J., Ryanne, Kyle and Evan Shemanskis, and Hayden, Mackenzie and Travis Tanner; several nieces and nephews; and his furry companion, the "damn dog that outlived him", Cooper.  In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by his infant son Sean Robert.  Bob’s family would like to offer a special note of thanks to the Doctors and staff of the DeQuattro Cancer Center for the compassion and care, it meant the world to them.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 23rd, at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption, 29 Adams St. South, Manchester followed by burial in St. James Cemetery.  Family and friends may call at the John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 West Center St. Manchester on Friday from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp 555 Long Wharf Drive New Haven, CT 06511 or the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation P.O. Box 1848 Longmont, CO 80502 or online here.  For online condolences please visit