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William F. Lawler

December 29, 1940 - February 20, 2020

          William F. “Bill” Lawler, age 79, of Newark, DE, passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020.

          Born in Brooklyn, NY on December 29, 1940, he was a son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Jackson) Lawler.  William worked as an assemblyman with Chrysler Corporation in Newark, retiring in 2001 after 32 dedicated years.  He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 7990 (3rd Degree) and the Cardinal Gibbons Assembly No. 150 (4th Degree).

          In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by his brothers, Jackie Lawler and Dennis Lawler.  He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Diane L. (Chance) Lawler; children, Timothy Lawler of Newark, DE, Elizabeth Lawler of Jacksonville, FL and Katie Lawler of Wilmington, DE; siblings, Al Lawler of Newark, DE, Bob Lawler of PA, Joan Corton of New York, NY and MaryAnn Sabatino of GA; 3 grandchildren; and 1 great granddaughter.

          A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Monday, February 24, 2020, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.  A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in William’s memory to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 30 S. 17th Street, # 800, Philadelphia, PA 19103.   

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  • Bill was Euharistic Minister at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Bear De. His last officer’s post at the 4th. Degree was Trustee. He was very active in the past many years with the K of C as an Officer and Color Guard Officer. I last spoke with him Feb. 16 after Mass. He was most caring for Diane who is at Genesis Health Care, Hockessin…and was devoted to her for so many years during her illness. An honorable Christian in so many ways. I pray that his soul is at rest with his Creator.

  • Going to a Knights of Columbus event meant seeing Bill and Diane. He believed in what he was doing. He was loving and dedicated to Diane. Diane and family, know that Bill touched many by his example. God Bless all of you!

  • I recall Bill from my early days in joining the Knights of Columbus. He was an outstanding man and very generous gentleman. Although I’m sure all of you are devastated at his sudden loss, but take comfort and consolation in the reassurance that he is with the Lord and you will be reunited with him in the resurrection ! Offering my sincerest sympathies from both of my home Council – Church of the Holy Child #12190 and my 4th Degree Bishop Thomas Mardaga Assembly #2014. VIVAT JESUS ! S. K. Thomas M. Yarmolyk, PGK

  • Sorry for the loss of your family member.
    I recall seeing Bill when my mom and dad were active at our lady of fatima ..knights of columbus . My dad was active knight too.
    Rest in peace

  • Grandpa I know we never met but I wanted you to know I love you and I’ll miss you. I can’t wait to see and meet you on the other side!!! Love you!! Ruby

  • He was a great Knight and a good friend. Active with Knights ceremonials for many years. His spirit and humor will be missed.

  • SK Bill Lawler was Master of the 4th Degree when I joined DE State Council and after establishing Msgr. Dewson Council # 13821 at St. Ann’s Parish in 2005 as their founding GK. He was the one of the most giving Knights as we navigated through our first few years. I personally enjoyed his friendship as I began my GK & SK journey. After my father died, he called me and said he was praying for me and my family….that’s who SK William Lawler was! God’s peace and rest to you my brother, KNIGHT.

  • My sincerest condolences to the Lawler family. I remember Bill when I worked at Chrysler Newark Assembly Plant. Bill was present when I took my degree for the Knights of Columbus at Holy Child. He is a Worthy Brother now with God. Rest In Peace Bill.

  • Dear Diane,
    We were away and just returned. We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. What a truly wonderful person he was. We remember fondly his big smile and great sense of humor. Please accept our sincere condolences and our heartfelt prayers for you and the family.
    Michael & Judy Marquis, Glenda Kotowski