COLONIE – David R. Lawton, 48, of Colonie, died on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at home surrounded by his loving family after a four year battle with cancer. Born in Colonie to the late Annetta and Harry Raymond Lawton, he was a graduate of Colonie Central High School and Hudson Valley Community College. Dave was employed by the City of Albany Office of General Services Engineering Division for 26 years. Dave enjoyed fishing and cooking, and was an avid fan of drag racing and the Boston Red Sox. But most of all he was his happiest when he was with his family and friends.
Dave is survived by his wife of 25 years Susan A. Lawton, and their daughters Brittany and Sarah; his siblings Harold Lawton (Dawn) of Slingerlands, Leita Oberhofer of Newport News, VA, and Paul Lawton (JoAnn) of Latham; his mother in law Marie Rockenstyre of Colonie; his brothers and sisters in law Charlene Liddle (Ron) of Berne, Beverly Brooks (Jim) of Berne, Kevin Rockenstyre (Tracy) of Malta, and Elaine Rockenstyre of Colonie; and by many special nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father in law John Rockenstyre, and his brother in law Vince Oberhofer.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 9:00, and from there to Christ the King Church, Sumter Ave., Guilderland at 10:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 4-8 p.m. The parish family of Christ the King Church will gather at 4:30 pm Monday for a service of prayer and remembrance. All are welcome. Interment will be in Our Lady of Angeles Cemetery, Colonie. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Love for the Lawtons, c/o First Niagara Bank, 1973 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203. To leave a message of condolence for the family, view or print a prayer card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .
Brittany and family,
I am so sorry to learn of your father’s death. Everyone at ND-BG is praying for you.
When we lose someone we love it seems that time stands still. What moves through us is a silence… a quiet sadness… A longing for one more day… one more word… one more touch… We may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget. We will see you again some day, in a heavenly place where there is no parting. A place where there are no words that mean good-bye.
Monique M. Kimble
I was so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He will be missed.
Please accept my deepest sympathy
Monique M. Kimble
Sue and family, I am so sorry for your great loss. Dave fought hard and long. It seems that after such a hard, courageous battle, he should have won the fight. I’m sure that because he had you, he was a true winner in life and love. I hope that you will always feel his strength and love in your hearts.
Laura & Steve Murfitt
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.
I can not even begin to tell you how sorry I am. I know you have been through so much the last four years and this year was particularly difficult. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls. If there is anything that you need please let me know.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I’m so sorry to hear off Dave’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls.
barry frank friend
i am so sorry for your lost . he was my best friend in high school .
spent alot of time together and had lots of good times. good memories. totally devastated. really dont know what to say but the good times we shared together will always be remembered