GEO. D. LAWRENCE DEAD
Well-Known Salesman for Reed & Barton Succumbs to a Long Illness
Taunton, Mass., Dec. 19.—George D. Lawrence, who was a traveling salesman for the house of Reed & Barton, silversmiths, is dead at his home on W. Britannia St., after an illness of several months. Mr. Lawrence was the second son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Lawrence. He was born in this city, educated in its schools, and though the nature of his employment had carried him away from it for months at a time since his young manhood he had always made it his home. He had a large circle of friends in the jewelry trade and in other circles.
Mr. Lawrence had been for many years one of the traveling force for Reed & Barton, his territory comprising much of the north and middle west. He had a personality and a genial, companionable, generous nature which, combined with a keen mentality, made him an especially successful salesman. His thorough knowledge of the silver business and a rugged honesty in his dealings with his fellow men were distinct and valuable assets and commended him sincerely to those with whom he came in contact, not only in a business but in a social way.
Several times during the past few years he had been compelled to rest from his work owing to severe attacks of illness, which he in every case met with with great bravery and an optimism which, with a naturally rugged system, brought him through a winner in the battle until his recent attack. This he met as bravely as ever, but increasing weakness for several days past foretold but one end.
In his youth, during and following his high school and Bristol academy days, he was noted as a skillful baseball player. In fact, it is stated by contemporaries that had he cared to take up the game professionally he would have made an unusual record. He was connected with many of the leading teams of Bristol county and never lost his interest in this and other athletic sports and numbered among his personal friends many of the leading athletes of the present day in various parts of the United States.
He was a member of the Winthrop and Segregansett Country Clubs; of Charles H. Titus Lodge, A. F. and A. M.; St. Mark's Chapter, Aleppo Temple, Mystic Shrine, and Knights Templar.
He leaves one brother, Abbott F. Lawrence, treasurer of the Winthrop Cotton Yarn Co.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 26th December 1917