Obituary for David Michael Lawrence – The Daily Journal

David Michael Lawrence

Richland – David Michael Lawrence, 93, of Richland died on April 3, 2022. He was born on December 12, 1928 in Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom. Raised with his mother Helen and brother John, he moved frequently throughout southern England. During World War II, he was evacuated to the countryside with thousands of other children to escape the Blitz. In the late 1940s he graduated from the Royal Aeronautical College with an engineering degree. In 1956 he emigrated to Atlanta, Georgia, USA and began working for the Curtis Wright Corporation. David then worked for a number of aerospace companies. In the mid ’60s he met Frances Jannarone at her family’s diner in Montclair, NJ, where she was a waitress. They married in 1967 and moved together to Southern New Jersey, where David began working for the Federal Aviation Administration. Their son Robert was born in 1970 and their son Richard in 1971. David continued to work for the FAA until his retirement in 1997. He loved classical music, animals and the outdoors, and was a frequent donor to environmental conservation. In his retirement he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren Ian, Pierce and Jude. He is survived by his 55-year-old wife, Frances (Jannarone) Lawrence; sons, Richard A. Lawrence (Jennifer) and Robert S. Lawrence (Sara Ridenour); grandsons, Ian Lawrence, Pierce Lawrence & Jude Lawrence; and his brother John Lawrence (Sylvia). David was deceased by his parents, Raymond and Helen Lawrence. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 11:00 am at Saint Padre Pio Parish – Church of St. Mary’s, 736 Union Road, Vineland. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery-Vineland. “In lieu of flowers, please send donors in David’s memory to www.seeingeye.organ organization that David was happy to support.”

ARRANGEMENTS are administered by Rone Funeral Service, 1110 East Chestnut Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360. To send online condolences, please visit our website at

Posted on April 4th, 2022

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