1803 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132 / Phone: 617-323-5600
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Robert J. Lawler, Sr.
1/16/1924 - 1/29/2007

The Robert J. Lawler & Crosby Funeral home has served the Greater Boston Community since 1879. The Lawler Funeral Home was started by Robert J. Lawler in 1948. At the time, a small storefront, Mr. Lawler was given a contract by Governor James Michael Curley to bury indigent decedents for the city. Two years later he bought a building on So. Huntington Ave. which served Mr. Lawler’s hometown of Jamaica Plain. A 1941 graduate of JP High, Mr. Lawler went on to attend Boston College where he played varsity football. He graduated from the New England Institute, Kenmore Square in 1946. Robert married Alice (Logue) in 1953. In 1976, Mr. Lawler bought the Crosby Funeral Home in West Roxbury, which opened its doors in Boston in 1879. He continued to run both funeral homes until the 1980’s when he sold Jamaica Plain.

Throughout his 50-year career Mr. Lawler has presided over numerous religious, civic and social organizations and is a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Jamaica Plain #120. Mr. Lawler remained a vital part of the funeral home until his death in January of 2007.

Robert J. Lawler, Jr. and William L. Lawler

Robert J. Lawler Jr.

Bob is a licensed funeral director/embalmer and son to Robert J. Lawler who founded the funeral home. He is a graduate of St. Sebastian’s High School, Dean College and the New England Institute, Kenmore Square. Bob grew up in Jamaica Plain and has lived his adult life here in West Roxbury with his wife Suzanne(Allison) and their four children Kelsey, Jillian, Bobby and Shannon. Bob is an active member of the Knights of Columbus #3049, a 10th grade religious education teacher at St. Theresa of Avila Parish, and Co-Commissioner for the West Roxbury Parkway Youth Soccer League. He is the Past President of the West Roxbury Neighborhood Council and the West Roxbury Business and Professional Association.

William L. Lawler

Bill is a licensed funeral director/embalmer and the third son of Robert J. Lawler. He is a graduate of New Preparatory High School, Cambridge,MA and the New England Institute, Kenmore Square. Bill also resides here in West Roxbury with his wife Sue(Monaghan) and their three daughters Christina, Meghan and Elizabeth. He is presently the Grand Knight of the West Roxbury Knights of Columbus #3049, Board member of the West Roxbury Main Streets Association and active parishioner at St. Theresa of Avila Parish.

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