Oct. 16, 1936 – July 5, 2015
NIAGARA FALLS – Richard W. Lawton, a retired funeral director and member of the Knights of Columbus, died Sunday. He was 78.
Born in Silver Creek, Mr. Lawton graduated from Forestville Central High School. After high school, he graduated from the Kansas City School of Aeronautics, the DeVry Institute of Technology in Chicago, and Simmons School of Embalming in Syracuse.
He was employed for a short time with Northwest Orient Airlines, and worked for many years in the funeral business. He retired in 1993 because of a disability as manager for Cornell & Daggett Funeral Chapel.
He and his wife of 52 years, the former Mary Commisso, lived in Rochester while he worked at Eastman Kodak Co. before they returned to Niagara Falls in 1969.
Mr. Lawton joined the Knights of Columbus in the 1970s, and was a past Grand Knight of Niagara Council 247, a past Faithful Navigator of Niagara Assembly, and a past district deputy for the Western Chapter Knights of Columbus.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, raising and training dogs and horses, as well as tending to his garden and woodcrafts. He was also a member of the Father Baker Assembly in Tonawanda.
Survivors besides his wife include three daughters, Sherri Teeto, Michelle Wagner, and Nicole Cody; and eight grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls.