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Edward Hamilton Lawson, age 67, of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at home on January 26, 2024, following an eight-year battle with Multiple System Atrophy, a rare degenerative neurological disease.
Ed, the middle child of Glenn and Anita Lawson, was born in Portsmouth, VA, and grew up in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, VA. Following high school, he enlisted in the Army and served for four years as a power generator substation operator in southern Germany. He returned to the U.S. and became a journeyman electrician while serving in the National Guard. His electrical work took him all over the country working on industrial plants, commercial buildings, and municipal infrastructure.
In 1989, Ed met the love of his life, Elizabeth (Liz) Jeffries of Hershey, PA, where they lived in Wilmington, DE, and later Kennett Square, PA. Together, they built a family and a life filled with love and laughter. Ed was a devoted father to Zack and Lindsey.
In 1998, the family moved to Geneva, Switzerland for Liz's career. While there, Ed not only cared for the children and household, but also established the Geneva Baseball League fostering young athletes through teamwork, sportsmanship, and healthy competition. He also enjoyed planning the Christmas craft fair at the kid's school and family trips around Europe.
On return to the U.S. in 2002, Ed began a second career as a residential realtor and later commercial realtor at Beiler Campbell and Berkshire Hathaway. His construction experience and genuine personality made him well suited for this field.
His commitment to his community was evident through his regular volunteer work including Willowdale Crossing HOA president, URA coaching, Unionville High School Quarterback Club president, Kennett Area Senior Center bingo manager, Kennett Square Mushroom Festival vendor coordinator, seasonal worker at Longwood Gardens, and long-time member of the Kennett Square Lions Club.
Ed was an avid tennis player and always had a home renovation project going. He loved country music, comedy, collard greens, fish and chips and strawberry ice cream. From his early days growing up around the Chesapeake Bay, he instilled his love of boating, fishing, and crabbing with his family. His southern drawl, contagious laugh, storytelling, and unpretentious personality helped to form friendships from all walks of life. Above all else, Ed loved spending time with his family and friends. Ed will be remembered as a loving husband, devoted father, grandfather, brother, and friend. The warmth and joy he brought to every gathering will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Predeceased by his father and brother, Michael, Ed's memory is honored and kept alive by his loving wife, Liz; his children, Zack (Jessica) Lawson and Lindsey Lawson; his granddaughter, Isabella; his mother, Anita Lawson; his sister, Cindy (Jim) Creech; his aunt, Joyce Swindell; and cousin, Ashley Swindell. His nieces and nephews will also feel his absence, as well as a wide circle of extended family, friends, and colleagues.
You are invited to celebrate Ed's life with his family on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Kennett Square Golf & Country Club (100 E. Locust Lane, Kennett Square, PA 19348) beginning at 2:00pm for visitation, 3:00pm to celebrate his life, and 4:00pm for a reception immediately following. Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kennett Area Senior Center (https://kennettseniorcenter.org/) or The MSA Coalition (https://www.multiplesystematrophy.org/donate/).