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Bedford, NH - On Saturday, September 28, 2019, Robert ("Bob") F. Lawson, loving father and educator, passed away at the age of 74 after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
Born in Medford, MA to Evelyn Fleming Lawson and Gerald William Lawson on November 30, 1944, Bob dedicated his life to his family, his students, and to the game of golf.
Bob received his Bachelor's in Education with Distinction from the University of Maine, Orono where he met his future bride and loving life partner, Barbara Bailey, on the first day at the freshmen "mixer." He graduated in 1966, taking his diploma and Barbie's hand in marriage on the same day. Bob went on to receive his Master's and continuing education from Oklahoma State and Salem State universities and became a dedicated teacher of mathematics at Andover High School in 1968. As math team advisor and golf coach for 34 years, Bob took great pride in seeing his students achieve numerous state championships. As of his 33rd year of tenure with the AHS linksmen, Bob was first among all Golden Warrior coaches in years of service. His Golden Warrior golf teams had won 13 Merrimack Valley Conference titles, and qualified for the Division I North Sectional Championship 23 times. Before his final season as coach, his overall career record was 374-91-15...
Atkinson, NH was home to Bob and Barbie for 41 years. There they raised two daughters, Kristin, currently of Greenbrae, California and Tracy, of Epsom, N.H. When he wasn't on the golf course, Bob enjoyed woodworking, tinkering on his cars, card games with the neighbors, and road trips every summer with his family.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, parents and brother, Bill. He is survived by his daughters; sons-in-law, Jason Schlesinger and Andy Duffy; grandchildren, Emily, Grace, Alivia and Cameron; his brother, Richard and his wife, Jolanda and his niece, Jennifer. A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date.
Published on October 10, 2019


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Michael Walsh
Nov 19, 2019
Bob was a great teacher and leader. He will missed by all that knew him. Condolences to the family.
Virginia Ranauro
Oct 20, 2019
My heart is heavy with sorrow for the loss of your Father. He was a great family man and also a great friend to me and many others who knew him for his humor and most of all for his kindness. Thinking of the good times I spent with your parents and watching their beautiful daughters grow up to be the best of the best . Hugs to all and will always remember the Barbie hugs. Love to all of you. Virginia
Bill Fleischmann
Oct 06, 2019
Meeting Bob during my first year at AHS was a special day especially when I was reminded that his parents, Bill & Evvie, were good friends of mine, Al & Louise Fleischmann. He had a spirited energy and a delightful sense of humor.

We have missed him at our Wednesday Retiree Andover Golf matches.

Peace to his family.