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Bob is survived by his five children Christopher, Kristin, Erik, Deborah, and Patrick and his former wife, Kathleen Barta. His pride and joy were his twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by his brother Gerald Lawrence. He is preceded in death by his sister, Carol Pellerin (Lawrence) and first wife, Jeanne Wesley. Bob was born in 1937 in Eau Claire, WI to Myron and Cecilia Lawrence.  
Bob graduated high school from Holy Cross Seminary, in La Crosse, WI in 1956. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Francis College in Loretto, PA in 1962 and a Master’s in Public Administration from Portland State University in 1977. Bob worked for the State of Oregon in Aging and People with Disabilities for 34 years. He was also an avid volunteer. He served on the Lake Oswego School Board from 1981 to 1987. Following his retirement in 1998, Bob turned his attention to advocating for seniors and people with disabilities. He is fondly remembered for his leadership in chairing the Clackamas County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council (2006-2008). He was appointed to the Governor's Commission on Senior Services for two terms serving as the Legislative Coordinator from 2004-2010.  Jerry Cohen, past president of Oregon AARP, honors Bob’s active engagement on behalf of those most vulnerable, providing a voice for all in need.
Bob took his first overseas trip to Paris at 70 with further trips to Africa and Mexico. He cherished his experiences and joined with family in forming Youth Uganda, supporting organizations that serve youth and older persons in Uganda. Bob was affectionately known as “Grandpa” in Uganda by many. He left a legacy by supporting young people to continue their education and providing elevated toilets for older persons. 
His greatest gift to his family was his love of the outdoors. They all continue to see the beauty in our world whether traveling, on a walk at the beach, casting a rod, working in their garden, or going on a hike in the woods
A special thank you to our father’s caregivers who provided him with love and care in this last stage of his life.
Robert Myron Lawrence 
Born June 15, 1937 ​
Bob died peacefully in his home with his family April 3, 2020.
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