Donald “Donny” W. Lawrence Jr., 52, of Great Barrington died Sunday June 4, 2017 at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington surrounded by his loving family. Donny was born in Pittsfield on July 3, 1964 son of the late Donald W. Sr. and Harriet (Wheeler) Lawrence. He was a graduate of Monument Mountain Regional High School class of 1984. Donny worked for many years as a mill wright at Allyndale Limestone in East Canaan CT, along with being a very experienced truck driver as well throughout the years. He was also very involved in his community as a proud and dedicated fireman. In the mid 1980’s Donny joined the Housatonic Fire Department and the Great Barrington Fire Department and later joined the Alford Fire Department and became Captain in the ranks for at least ten years. Donny was a mentor for junior firefighters, he loved sharing his knowledge as his heart and soul was within the Fire Department. Donny was devoted to his being one of the best drivers and pump operators he could be. He was by far one of the very best, as most brother firemen well know. He was also a member of S.B.V.A.S. and a member of the National Guard for six years. Donny loved his sons and watching them play sports. He was a referee for Southern Berkshire Youth Football and Housatonic Boys Basketball League, an umpire and coach for Great Barrington Little League an avid supporter and fan of Berkshire Rugby. Donny was an avid fan of the N.Y. Jets and Boston Red Sox. Donny loved spending time with his family. He was looking forward to day trips with Linda, which always included a trip to Maine. Donny is survived by his loving mother Harriet (Wheeler) Lawrence, his best friend and wife Linda (Welch) Lawrence whom he married on June 17, 1989 of Great Barrington, two sons, Donald “Will” Lawrence III and wife Amanda of Becket and Andrew Lawrence of Great Barrington, one brother, Eddie Lawrence of Great Barrington, three sisters, Debbie Hiser and husband Phil of Lee, Laurie Jones and Joe McDonald of Great Barrington and Sharon Smith and husband Dave “Smitty” of Stockbridge, two granddaughters, Lily and Azalea, six nieces and nephews, Amy, Lainey, Jessi, Philip, Kali and Kamdin, one great niece, Aleigha and many aunts, uncles and cousins and his dog, Boomer. Donny is also survived by his loving in-laws George and Jill Welch of Sheffield and brother in-law Jim Welch of Stockbridge, all of whom Donny loved dearly.
A Celebration of Life for Donald “Donny” W. Lawrence Jr. will be held on Friday June 9, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME 33 South Street Great Barrington MA 01230. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Donny’s memory may be made to the Alford Fire Department in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.