July 17, 1919 – Oct. 12, 2016
Born in Richford, Vt., he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. In 1943, he enlisted in the Navy and served at the Pensacola, Fla., Naval Air Station and aboard the USS Croatan, CVE-25. He retired as a captain in the Naval Reserve in 1979.
Mr. Wilson came to Hamburg in 1947 and became a sales representative for Beals, McCarthy and Rogers, an industrial supply distributor in Buffalo. When one of the partners, Eugene McCarthy, formed his own company, E. F. McCarthy Co., Mr. Wilson joined him and became president of the firm. He retired in 1987.
A resident of Hamburg until 1972, when he moved to Eden, he was a member of the Hamburg Rotary Club for more than 60 years and served as its president. He was a founding member and past president of the Hamburg Counseling Service board of directors and foundation.
A 32nd degree Mason, he was a member of Western Star Lodge 1185, Free & Accepted Masons, for more than 60 years and was a member of the Ismailia Shrine.
He was a founding member of the Willow Bend Swim Club and was active in the Red Jacket Ski Club. He also was a district representative for the American Field Service.
He enjoyed family gatherings at Netawanda, the Wilson cottage in northern Ontario, where he taught his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren how to fish and love the outdoors. An Airstream trailer enthusiast, he made five transcontinental trips with Airstreams, including two to Alaska.
His wife of 69 years, the former Elizabeth Mannel, who served on the Hamburg Board of Education, died in 2012.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Wilson Herman; a son, Lawrence T. Jr.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 26 in Trinity Episcopal Church, 261 E. Main St., Hamburg.