Henry Samuel Lawler, Sr., 75, husband of Alice K. (Drew) Lawler passed away at his home in Bangor after a hard-fought battle with cancer on April 17, 2013. Henry was born May 29, 1937, in Jackson, the son of Henry C. Lawler and Thelma (Davis) Lawler.

He attended schools in Waldo County and graduated from Crosby High School in Belfast in 1957. Attending class reunions were always special to him. He attended Husson College and completed numerous courses in accounting, banking and finance. Managerial positions in his long financial career included Liberty Loan, Beneficial Finance, Maine National Bank, the former Merrill Trust Company and Key Bank of Maine. He was the owner of Old Colony Real Estate and developed his carpentry talents into a business of restoring and financing mobile homes.

He made many friends while building his camp on Swan Lake where he spent his summers. Henry enjoyed camping, hunting, traveling and spending his winters at his home at Golden Ponds, Fort Pierce, Fla., with his wife Alice. He enjoyed visits from friends and family. In Henry’s presence strangers were never strangers for long. Henry was a life member of the Rising Virtue Masonic Lodge No. 10 A.F. & A.M. in Bangor, Mt. Moriah R.A. Chapter No. 6, Bangor, Bangor Council No. 5 R. and S.M., and a life member of the General Grand Council Cryptic Masons International, St. Johns Commandery No. 3 Knights Templar, Bangor, and a member of Anah Shirne Bangor. He was a member of the award winning Anah Motor Corps Team, the Kiwanis Club, Bangor-Brewer Conservation Club and a nine-year volunteer with Hospice of Eastern Maine.

Henry was predeceased by his parents; brother Clayton, half-brother Norman Lawler, half-sisters Hazel DuDevoier and Shirley McPherson and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was loved and will be missed by his wife Alice of Bangor; his son Henry Lawler, Jr., of Fort Pierce, Fla.; daughters Lenore Van Benschoten and her husband, Thomas of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Liana Dewberry Schultz and her husband, Ronald of Greenville, Texas; seven grandchildren, Tifany Bowen and her husband, James of Londonderry, N.H., Henry S. III and his wife, Alison of Peyton, Colo., Dacia of Fort Pierce, Fla., Sarah and Mathew of Boulder, Colo., Camden and Kathryn of Greenville, Texas; two step-sons, Frederick Drew and his wife, Kimberly of Hermon and Jonathan Drew and his wife, Heide of Ellsworth; one sister, Mary Bowden of Orrington; one step-sister, Penney Bisping of MN; special friend, Robert Dubay of Glenburn; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Henry’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor, with the Rev. George Hicks officiating. Family and friends are invited to join in fellowship and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center Street, Bangor, following the service. Interment will be in the Smart Cemetery, Curtis Road, Swanville, at 5 p.m. Those who wish to remember Henry in a special way may make gifts in his memory to CancerCare of Maine, Lafayette Family Cancer Center, C/O Healthcare Charities, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, Maine, 04402-0931, or Shriners Hospitals for Children, C/O Anah Shrine Center, P.O. Box 735, Bangor, Maine, 04402-0735. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.