ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Edward Lawless 77 years old , born on April 2, 1941 and passed away on December 09, 2018. We will remember him forever.

Posted by Annette Schroter on April 2, 2020
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant- 1977

My dad was taking me, Joanie and our cousin Frankie for a drive in his car- I can’t recall where we were going. These details fade away as time marches on.

Frankie was siting in the front seat and he asked for music. My dad put in a cassette, The Stranger by Billy Joel. It turns out that Frankie knows the entire album and asks for Scenes from an Italian Restaurant. Surprised, my dad puts it on and the two of them belt out every word to that song!

It was a great ride!

RIP dad- and say hello to my cousin Frankie when you see him!
Posted by Jeanette Bacon on April 2, 2020
Today, April 2, 2020, I light a candle in memory of my beloved Edward. I celebrate your birthday today, dearest Ed. A candle will continue to burn for you inside my heart every day for the rest of my life.  God bless you always.  Love eternally, Jeanette
Posted by Jeanette Bacon on December 25, 2019
December 9th was the one year anniversary of Ed's passing. I lit a candle in memory of you for the day, my dear Ed. I felt at peace because I know that you are at peace. You are in my heart every day. May God's blessings be with you forevermore. 
Posted by Sandra Baker on December 10, 2019
Ed, I continue to send you Light and wrap you up in Love. You will never be forgotten when we continue to send Light!
Posted by Annette Schroter on December 9, 2019
Dad,

It's been a year since you have passed. RIP.

Love,
Annette
Posted by Sandra Baker on April 2, 2019
I only met Ed once in The Villages, but I have known Jeanette for over three years, and she took such loving care of Ed while he was sick, and her attitude was always one of seeing the glass half full, or if possible I'd say "totally full"! The most amazing thing was she was present with him ALWAYS, very protective, an amazing advocate, and grateful for everyone who helped them along the way. Gratitude is the way she lives her life, and the way they
seemed to live their life together. He was blessed indeed to have her for a
loving caregiver as she is such a Light in this world!
Posted by Louise Rancourt on March 30, 2019
My husband and I are neighbors and friends of Jeanette and Ed here in The Villages, Florida. We so enjoyed spending time with him at neighborhood gatherings. The four of us had such fun dinners together and playing beer bingo!  We loved his amazing sense of humor, his infectious laugh, and his kind heart. He and I shared a love of crossword puzzles, but I could never keep up with him! We miss his intelligence, stories, and smiling face. RIP our friend.
Posted by Edward Bacon on March 27, 2019
Ruthie and I first met Ed almost twenty-four years ago when he accompanied my sister Jeanette to our wedding. He didn't know he would play a part in the wedding when he lent me his lighter to light the unity candle. We always enjoyed our visits with Ed and Jeanette in Long Island and Florida. One time when they visited us in Maine we gave them lobster, but Ed pointed out that the lobster was still alive. He always had a great sense of humor and I always appreciated how well he treated my sister. We were honored to be with Ed on the day he passed away, with peace and contentment on a beautiful day. We will all miss Ed a great deal.

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Posted by Annette Schroter on April 2, 2020
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant- 1977

My dad was taking me, Joanie and our cousin Frankie for a drive in his car- I can’t recall where we were going. These details fade away as time marches on.

Frankie was siting in the front seat and he asked for music. My dad put in a cassette, The Stranger by Billy Joel. It turns out that Frankie knows the entire album and asks for Scenes from an Italian Restaurant. Surprised, my dad puts it on and the two of them belt out every word to that song!

It was a great ride!

RIP dad- and say hello to my cousin Frankie when you see him!
Posted by Jeanette Bacon on April 2, 2020
Today, April 2, 2020, I light a candle in memory of my beloved Edward. I celebrate your birthday today, dearest Ed. A candle will continue to burn for you inside my heart every day for the rest of my life.  God bless you always.  Love eternally, Jeanette
Posted by Jeanette Bacon on December 25, 2019
December 9th was the one year anniversary of Ed's passing. I lit a candle in memory of you for the day, my dear Ed. I felt at peace because I know that you are at peace. You are in my heart every day. May God's blessings be with you forevermore. 
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Edward Richard Lawless

Edward Richard Lawless was born on April 2, 1941.  He married Joan Frances Benanti in September 1965.  He has two daughters, Annette Marie and Joan Mae. He also has two grand-daughters, Kate Alexa and Diana Michelle.

My father struggled greatly with depression and alcohol.  Sadly, he moved on from our family many years ago. He began a new chapter with Jeanette.  He was loved and cared for in his next chapter for many, many years.  That will be her chapter to write.

Although I did not maintain a relationship with my father, I was saddened to hear that he passed away after a struggle with lung cancer on December 9, 2018.

I wish him peace and love on his journey.

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In Remembrance of Second Anniversary - December 9, 2020

Shared by Jeanette Bacon on December 9, 2020
Today is the second anniversary of Ed's new journey.  The passing of time helps the pain diminish somewhat, but the love we share will always be steadfast and strong.

I planted a memorial garden to Ed outside our bedroom window.  His favorite flower was the morning glory, so I planted a morning glory tree which has new flowers every single day.  St Francis was Ed's favorite saint, and he watches over the butterflies and wildlife in our garden. I smile every day when I visit Ed's peaceful garden.

You are forever in my heart, dear Ed.
Love, Jeanette

 

Veterans' Day - November 12, 2019

Shared by Jeanette Bacon on November 12, 2019
Today I went to a ceremony at Veterans Park in The Villages to honor our veterans.  A large crowd attended on this gorgeous day.  Honor guards, representatives from many branches of the services and other organizations were there along with singers and bagpipe players to pay tribute to those who have served our country.

The park has nearly 13.000 brick pavers to commemorate veteran loved ones of Villagers. Today's ceremony also included a dedication of new bricks that were contributed this year, including a brick in memory of Ed.

Yesterday, November 10, is the holiday to honor the Marines.  Both of these days always had special meaning for Ed and we enjoyed going out for a special dinner each year to celebrate.  Semper Fi, my beloved Ed!
 

Mass of Remembrance - November 2, 2019

Shared by Jeanette Bacon on November 12, 2019
A Mass of Remembrance was held at St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Wildwood FL on All Souls' Day, November 2, 2019.  Nearly 120 parishioners who have passed during the past year were remembered.  One by one, each name was called and family members walked up to the alter with a candle in memory of their loved one.  The candles were all lit and placed on the alter.  The music and service were truly beautiful, and it brought back comforting memories of Ed's funeral mass in that church.  Afterwards, everyone was invited to a delicious lunch at one of our large recreation centers.  It was a very special day. I will continue to light that candle on holidays and anniversaries to honor the memory of my beloved Ed.