- 75 years old
- Date of birth: Apr 19, 1939
- Place of birth:
Evanston, Illinois, United States
- Date of passing: Jul 28, 2014
- Place of passing:
Springfield, Virginia, United States
|Because of your smile, you made life more beautiful (Thich Nhat Hahn)......... Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened (Dr. Seuss).|
Because Lilburn's family and friends are dispersed around the United States and the world, this online memorial has been established to celebrate his life.This is also his family's opportunity to recognize and thank people who played special roles in his life.
Please browse through the chapters of his life and the photos. We welcome your tributes, stories, photos, and comments on the contents. These will serve as keepsakes for Lilburn's family and friends on this permanent site. We hope that you return to see what others have posted and to add stories about Lilburn when you remember something about him.
We are really pleased that so many people have visited Lilburn's memorial site, and appreciate the tributes and stories posted. We'd love for other visitors who knew Lilburn and/or his family to add their remembrances.
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"I was teaching some new brothers how to play pinochle and telling them about our games in Heidelberg. Lilburn was always teaching"
"Remembering a warm, generous, friendly soul.
We miss you,
Lou and Suzanne"
"Thinking of my big brother on his birthday today. You are gone but not forgotten. I remember all the good times that we had together. Rest in Peace."
"Remembering many birthday celebrations we spent with Lilburn and Rosemary. Miss those times!
"The Cubs are World Champions! I appreciate Lilburn being such a loyal fan. I miss you!"
"Lilburn, I have not and will not forget you. My memories of you remain."
"Lilburn is in our thoughts today with lovely memories of all the great times we shared with him and with Rosemary over the years. He is remembered and loved."
"Rosemary, Alyce, and family, from deep inside me, I have such fond memories of talking with Lilburn, interacting with you, him, and others when you all lived in Eppelheim. Those were times I will never forget. I send my love to all of you."
"I didn't get to know you long enough dear Lilburn. I could never forget your sweet and welcoming nature, how you made me feel like an old friend right from the start."
"Happy Birthday Lilburn!!! You are missed very much!!!"
"Facebook reminded me that today is Lilburn's birthday. I will be thinking about him and the family today. Thoughts and prayers for all of you."
"I only knew Lilburn a short time during my time with OU in Germany but he was a gracious host in his home and a lot fun. I remember laughing a lot in his presence. My thoughts are with Rosemary and your family as you remember his life and love one year after his passing."
"Anyone who met Lilburn will never forget him. I had the opportunity to spend lots of time with Rosemary and Lilburn for 30+years in Europe, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia. He will always be a part of my life and memories."
"Throughout our journey in life we run into a select number of people who play an important role in helping us become a better person than we were before we met them. They motivate us to seek more knowledge and never settle for what one individual has to say regardless of their credentials. As a third year Doctorate of Physical Therapy Student I can honestly say that both Lilburn and Rosemary played this vary role in my life. While I was an undergraduate student I was blessed with the opportunity of helping Lilburn with his physical therapy exercises at home. When I first started I had naively thought that I was there to help Lilburn, but as time goes on I have realized that it was actually the other way around. Lilburn taught me more than I can explain with a few words. His beaming smile and personality was always there to greet me when I arrived, we always had an intellectual conversation about something he wanted me to see the “bigger picture” on, and he never forgot to ask me about my horse. As his condition progressed he retained his upbeat personality and love for knowledge. Now that I am in school there is not a week that has gone by that I have not reflected on my time spent with Lilburn. I was fortunate to be welcomed into this household so that I could see the importance in continuing to seek knowledge and to never just settle for what somebody else thinks. I was able to witness the role that somebody such as myself could play through providing motivation to continue working on strength and endurance. Lilburn and I became very good friends through my time spent with him and he is missed dearly. With tears in my eyes I know that Lilburn is looking down thinking that I finally grasped the bigger picture, and he is glad that I am able to utilize the knowledge that I gained through my time with him to help others. Thank you both Lilburn and Rosemary for the impact that you have had on my life. You will never be forgotten.
"Lilburn, I miss your smile, your laugh, and your good heart. I hope that you are enjoying a never ending game of Spades or Pinochle... bid zero, I have you covered :-) clint"
"Ugh! This is difficult. Happy Birthday! I have been putting off writing something only because I'm not sure what to say. I had even forwarded the link again to my email a week ago just to prompt me to write something. Yep, I'm typing this as the tears are running down my face. Life sucks sometimes. After the huge gap in our lives, being separated, we meet again. A small window of time… before you were taken away....without a chance to truly know my beautiful children. Yep, life sucks. I am grateful to have been there during your last days. That was difficult watching you & not being able to alleviate the pain & sadness. I owe you & mama so much. You both have given me many opportunities to meet wonderful people & see beautiful places. Your guidance & support have helped shape the person that I am. At times, allowing me the leeway to figure out my own mistakes...if I was unsuccessful, you both were there to bail me out. It was a strong, loving and trusting relationship. What I have learned from both of you, I have been teaching my children. Thank you. I miss you. I love you."
I will always remember you for your gentle spirit and kind heart. However, what stands out most about you for me was your love and deep commitment to Rosemary. You were her strongest advocate and supporter. Rest in peace knowing that you made a difference in the lives of many people who loved you deeply."
"Happy birthday Lilburn... We'll be thinking of you on your special day to celebrate your life your life and how you touched all of ours. You will always be remembered as being full of energy, wit, and having that zest for life. When I close my eyes, I can only remember your big smile and huge heart. Thank you for leaving beautiful footprints in our hearts!"
"It was such a pleasure caring for Lilburn in the year I was with him. He was such a fun man with a great sense of humor and I remember many times going out to eat and all the laughs that Lilburn, Rosemary and I had. I've told many people about the adventure of the move to VA, especially the noise of the get away salt shaker rolling around the RV making us think the RV was going to break down. We were so scared until we found out what it was. Rosemary and I laughed til we cried over that one. I will always cherish the memories and feel so fortunate to have known Lilburn and to know Rosemary."
"My thoughts and prayers have been with you all since learning of Lilburn's passing. Evidently my previous tribute did not go thru.
I have wonderful memories of my early years with Lilburn as a great friend. It is my hope and prayers that God will allow his spirit to always be bright in all of our lives."
"I may be late with my story, but I really believe he never left my heart. Lilburn was a gentleman. The way he talked, the way he presented himself and most importantly the way he paid close attention when others were talking, and his lifelong love for the Cubs said a lot about the man. My best man and 35 year friend Bob was forever talking about Lilburn, even though they only had ~ 1 week being together….Lilburn had that effect on people. I have is photo next to my work area here in Afghanistan. A soldier who knew Alyce and I did foster care looked at the photo asked if he was one of our foster kids. I said no, he was more than that to us. Our son Dawson, who at 6 years old took everything in stride with Lilburn’s passing. A couple of days after Lilburn left us, Dawson said, “Grandpa has been in Heaven a couple of days now, I wonder if he knows if God is a boy or a girl” Dawson pondered a few moments and said, “ I think God is a boy’s name”. Lilburn, the apple did not fall far from the tree. Miss you
"My memories of Lilburn are limited, since I didn’t spend much time with him in Germany and only saw him a few times in OK, TX, and VA, but I remember enjoying his company when I stayed with you in Norman. I enjoyed going out to eat BBQ on one of those visits, as well as having both of you at my graduation dinner, and I remember how moved I was when he knew my name when I came to visit for the first time in Virginia. I’m sorry I didn’t get to know him better, and that I didn’t spend more time with him over this past year. But the stories on the memorial page show me the wonderful life you had together. I know your lives will be emptier without him, but you have such wonderful memories to keep and to share with others."
"I met Lilburn when I was a 7th grade student at Nichols Jr. High School in Evanston. His brothers David and Billy were also students there. At this point they were living in South Evanston on Custer Street. All of the Dawson's were very good athlete's with Lilburn setting the pace. The family would eventually move on Pitner Ave Directly behind Evanston High School There Lilburn would become a star on the schools basketball team. He was always a leader, there for his family and their friends.. I personally spent so much time at the Dawson residence as David was my best friend, that it became my home away from home."
"My condolences to Rosemary and the Dawson family. I can understand how the past months were difficult for all of you as my brother John also suffered from Lewy bodies disease. John was George's age, I am David's age and my brother David is Lilburn's age. We all went to Central School in Evanston when the Dawsons lived on Custer and we lived on Monroe street. I remember Lilburn as the big kid who treated his younger brothers and me right, balancing nicely direction and protection. A playground is a good place to judge character and I saw Lilburn as the ideal oldest brother. Later when he was a basketball star in high school, I would cheer him for his skill, but perhaps more for being the guy who had made me feel good on the grade school playground. Bob Knuti"
"I don't know Mr. Dawson but we share the same surname. My deepest sympathy to the family. As much as we suffer through it, there is hope, John 5:28, 29. That is the only comfort I have after recently losing my nephew at a very tender age. I can only hope that it comforts you too. God does yearn to bring back those in his memory. Mr. Dawson is in his memory."
""Soar Like An Eagle!" Mr.Dawson was an amazing resident who will forever be remembered to all the "Crockett" staff at Air Force Village. Delightful man who though had challenges that made ADL's difficult as long as he knew Rosemary was by his side he was content. Peace Be with you all as you hold dear to you hearts the his life. Sincerely, Ronda Mills LVN"
"I met the Dawsons in 1984 when we moved to Germany. I felt an instant connection to them and thankfully it was mutual. We took some amazing trips and I'll never forget Lilburn filming everything! He always had an interesting story to tell and I truly felt like they were family. Words cannot tell how much they have meant to me. I'll miss him. Rest in peace Lilburn."
"I remember the first time I met Lilburn and Rosemary in Eppelheim, the early 80s. Boston University was booming then. And it’s been many moons since we’ve seen us. I would love to do a rewind and replay our conversations as we enjoyed German beer and shared munchies.
Things I remember specifically about Lilburn: his easy-going demeanor; he had a peacemaker air about him. He seemingly did it with gusto. He and I would have a conversation in a room full of people and practice a little code-shifting; or Lilburn and I, in the same room would listen to a conversation, look at each other, and we knew either, “Yep, we get it,” or, “Nope, that’s not the way we see that.” I have missed that type interaction and always will. And I haven’t had that type of conversation since. I would love to turn back the clock and have some more code-shifting conversations—with Lilburn."
"I have been struggling for over a week about what to write…how to convey my sense of loss as well as my profound thank you for Lilburn’s friendship. Lilburn’s big heart, gregarious smile, heartwarming laugh enriched my life beyond words. When I think about it…..my life is not defined by my work but by the friendships and people I have loved. I don’t remember what I did on any specific day at work; however, I remember, vividly, playing cards with Lilburn in Heidelberg, talking about the direction of education In the military and his good nature smack talking….I remember the walks we took together, or enjoying a good dinner; I treasure the memories of staying with Ro and Lilburn and sitting around the living room solving the world’s problems…..I remember how he touched my life and will always remember. I am sorry for my loss….however I am happy that Lilburn is now at rest and relish the private moments to celebrate his life in my mind and heart. Clint"
"Though I never had the pleasure of meeting this fine man, I know in my heart that he was "one of the great ones". Rosemary and Alyce, take comfort in the friends and family that surround you with love."
"My sincere condolences to Rosemary and the Dawson family -
I'll always remember Lilburn as being the BIG man-
Not just in statute, but in generosity. Truely, the gentleman with the big heart.
Lilburn, it was a pleasure to know you as a colleague and a friend.
So represent the Wang techs. now as you journey high-
And leave a space we'll be along to join you by and by.......
Cora Mooney-Graves (I met Lilburn at Wang Labs. Frankfurt, Germany- I now live in Florida)"
""Bub" I remember (when we hardly knew one another) in Germany wo
hen we both won athlete of the year in our respective sports..........(USAF) and later became good friends in Los Angeles,the pleasure of meeting the bright and beautiful Rosemary (which you spoke of while in Germany) to many years passed without much contact and yet I too feel this sense of loss............Love and remembrances to the Dawson's,
Schnabel's and extended families for your loss..........When you get to the "gates" the "Mole" will be there with the dominos............LOL.Ed"
"My condolences to the Dawson family. Lilburn and I were ETHS classmates. My love and prayers are with each of you. I wish you God's Blessings."
"We were know as the 2 top road dogs. I think of you three all the time. One of the best pinochle players ever. Take care of yourselves my mom and sisters say hell."
"Rosemary, Alyce, Mark, Sydney, and Dawson,
My thoughts are with you in this your hour of need. Lilburn was one of the most compassionate men I knew. Before Rosemary and Lilbun moved to Texas, Rosemary and I worked hand and glove at OU on exhausting and complex projects. During one such grant proposal, I spent three nights at their home because fatigue kept me from driving to Oklahoma City from Norman. The morning of my last night I woke up in the morning to find Lilburn outside quietly cleaning my very dirty car. I was in shock, but very appreciative. Over the years as I had the opportunity to spend more time with Rosemary and Lilburn it was clear to me that he loved and adored her with all of his heart and as her friend and colleague this kindness was extended to me. He will always be remembered by me as the man with a heart of gold who loved his family more than life itself. I will truly miss him."
"Pat Dawson, Lilburn Dawson junior, David Dawson, and my family of Terrys, Aikens, Seawrights, Hacketts,& Coles, were if not family, we were more than friends, we were like family."
"Lilburn was my longtime friend, and Like a brother. He was there for me always when I needed him the most . We lived together, and played together, and prayed together all of the time."
"Rosemary, Alyce, and family, We are sad about Lilburn's passing, yet happy for many fond memories of events that we shared even after your move from L A. Lilburn's smiles, laughter, and charisma connected people everywhere. His beautiful spirit and yours continue to inspire. May knowing that warm thoughts for you abound help to comfort you."
"Now he'll get that foursome together. Deal!"
"He was one of the nicest people i ever met. We bowled with and against each other and had many good thoughts about life and music.
we sat together at HV Heidelberg in the evening of 9-11 and he already showed the future in a few words...........i´ll miss him but i believe that he is doing good wherever he is. R.I.P old friend - Henry"
"I will always cherish the memories of so many adventures together – sailing the French canals (romping in the leaves near Verdun, shoving the boat off sand banks, Paris, breaking ice), holidays in Heidelberg, “pony express” stops in Norman, Alyce’s wedding, dinners-both in and out, birthday and anniversary celebrations, Thanksgivings, Christmas, Easter, good times in Mallorca, Good bye, “Wilbur” – you will be missed. Love, Rick"
"Rosemary, it has been said that the true measure of a man are the memories he leaves behind. As I read through the tributes of those who knew your husband, I know that he was a wonderful man. I am sorry for your loss."
"I feel much sadness for your loss, but also much awe that you had such a lovely husband and father in your life. I have not had either, myself, and it always inspires me to be reminded of the strength, kindness and beauty that a good man can be. May you take comfort in the memories of all you've had, I am so sorry for the great loss you must feel."
"I met Lilburn during my military and civilian time in Heidelberg Germany. He was a great man, friend and teammmate!!!! He will be missed!!!! To you Lilburn, OICU812!!!! :) :) RIP!!!!"
"Hey Bub,see you on other side.I am glad i spent some time with Ro.Alyce and the children. I know you were proud of all on then. You fought the good fight and now it`s time to let go and let God"
"I truly believe that we never really die but remain in all the many ways we touched people. No one "goes away." So my tears are for the beauty of his uniqueness. I barely knew him really. In 1967 he and Ro visited me briefly in San Francisco. Evidently I fed them hash brownies (no memory of this -- ha!). Then I saw him again in 2010 after the miraculous re-discovery of Ro's whereabouts. He remembered me -- the brownies! The man had charisma. I love these photos where this charisma is so evident -- he seems so totally present and engaged in them all. I love him and his dear wife and daughter and wonderful grandkids. My heart is so full of the sweet beauty of the whole family."
"I met Lilburn in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1978 when Rosemary and I began teaching for USC in Europe. Over the last 36 years we have shared many experiences and the memories are an important part of my life. I will miss my dear friend, Lilburn, a unique individual."
"Dear Rosemary, Alyce, Mark, Dawson and Sydney,
Please accept Louise and my sincere condolences on your loss. Our regret is that we did not have the pleasure of his company over the years. By all accounts by those who knew him "Bud" was an accomplished professional,a loyal and revered son, brother and true friend to many. During his all to brief years he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather....a true inspiration.
Louise and I are confident his memory will live on in your heart forever.
With love always,
Bob and Louise Gerber"
"I am a younger Evanstonian than most of the Dawson's, but my cousin Sam Burton used to run with David Dawson, Lilburn's younger brother. I think I might have seen him once or twice at the "Free&Easy" club back in the day!"
"I am so glad that someone sent me an e-mail re. Lilburn Dawson. Although I did not know him, I went to the link to see who he was and when I saw Marilyn and Pat's name, that Lilburn was your brother, I wanted to send my heartfelt condolences to each of you and to his wife, daughter and other family members. What a beautiful tribute. The pictures are so beautiful and memorable. They truly showed the kind of man that he was, one to be honored even in his death. Family, continue to stay strong and encouraged. May the peace of God be with you to give you comfort in the days ahead. His memory shall continue to stay in your heart and those memories are so precious. Gone, but never forgotten. You shall see him again. God Bless."
"Dear Rosemary and Family, I will always remember Lilburn and his sense of humor throughout his tribulations with Lewy Body Dementia. Both of you are truly outstanding human beings. It was my privilege to get to know you and help with Lilburn's healthcare!"
"I will never forget when I first moved to Evanston from Chicago and I lived with my God-brother Henry Roberts and his mother Lucile Roberts.. The first place that Henry brought me to was the Dawson home. That was the first time I met Bub and the other Dawson's. That was the beginning of the close knit family of Evanston. Thanks Bub and the rest of the Evaston Family for contributing to the person I am today.."
"Jonnie and I express our condolences to the family of Lilburn Dawson on his passing. Our prayers are with you."
"I WOULD LIKE TO SEND MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY I DIDN'T KNOW YOU BUT I KNEW YOUR SISTERS BUT WHAT I AM READING ABOUT YOU. YOU WERE A GOOD FATHER PROVIDER AND A LOVING HUSBAND I SEEN YOUR MEDALS AND I AM PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISH I PRAY THAT GOD GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH TO REST IN PEACE YOU ARE GONE NOW BUT YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN AND WILL BE TRULY MISSED REST IN PEACE MR LIBURN DAWSON"
"My Uncle Bub, I will never forget you. The trip that Billy Jr. And I took out to LA is a trip I still will never forget. We were not even teenagers.
Rosemary and Alyce you are in my prayers!
I love you all, Dawson family!!!"
"Rosemary, what a beautiful couple, what a wonderful life together, the world is a sadder place today. My heart goes out to you and the family. You are in our hearts and prayers. Blessings to you all."
"My Dear Brother Oh how I miss you so much already You will be in my heart always. Love you"
"Rosemary, you have made a beautiful tribute to Lilburn. Surely, it is one of those odd coincidences that you, Lilburn, and Alyce have been on my mind so often over the last few days, as I wondered how things were going with Lilburn. How wonderful that he spent his last months with his close family loving and caring for him. Rosemary, all my thoughts are with you. You have been a rock for Lilburn and, in fact, for all of us who have loved you both. I am so glad that I had a chance to be with you and Lilburn here in San Diego."
"I'll never forget the first time I met Lilburn in Heidelberg in the late 1980s. I was struck by how much he looked, walked, and spoke like his brother David (my hubby). The moment I saw him I knew he was a Dawson--tall, strong, confident, and charming. I will miss him dearly and I am so grateful that he had a loving wife and daughter by his side until his last breathe. God bless you, Rosemary and Alyce."
""Rosemary, Alyce, and Family, Uncle Bub is now at peace. Thank you so much for being a wonderful wife and daughter to him. God has called another angel home. I know that Nana, Papa, Uncle Billy and Uncle George are rejoicing. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. ""
"Rosemary, My thoughts and prayers for you and your family. I remember the first time I met Lilburn was when you came to Italy and he flew down to meet you. You stayed at our house. I also remember coming to Heidelberg to work there for a couple of days and staying with you and Lilburn. He was a great host and made me very welcome in your home. He was a wonderful caring man and will certainly be missed by family and friends!"
"Rosemary, my heart goes out to you and Alyce today. I will keep you and the family close in thought as you move through your sorrow and wonderful memories. I did not have the honor to know Lilburn very well but I will always remember how your face lite up with complete love and pride everytime you spoke of him. Seeing you two together was a blessing for us all. Ich liebe Dich!"
"Dr. Dawson. You and your family are in my thoughts today. I am so sorry for the loss of a great man. I tell friends the story of you, Lilburn and myself having dinner with the APSI group at Texas Lutheran and discussing vacations we all wanted to go on. You mentioned how taking a road trip up the California coast was something you and Lilburn needed to do again. Lilburn looked at me and said 'if we can't smoke dope there's no reason to go!' The look on your face was priceless! Lilburn was a wonderful man who def made me laugh when I was around him. I love you very much!"
"Rosemary, Alyce and family, from my heart to you, beautiful memories will always stay with me of all the great times shared by all. May all those beautiful memories remain forever in your heart and mind. My love and prayers go out to you for strength through these next days and weeks. God Bless Love you Carrie and family"
"Bub was my oldest brother was always there for me. God rest his soul. I love him with all my heart and will miss him dearly."
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