William R. Lawrence, 87, passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017. Son of the late Herbert and Almira Lawrence, he is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lillian (Yaw) Lawrence. He was the brother of Lois Plass and Gary Lawrence; father of Michele LeBlanc and her husband Bruce, David Lawrence and Theresa Meinertz and her husband Gary; grandfather of Jennifer, Brandon, Katharine, Emily and Rebecca; great grandfather of Gianni and Tahlia. Born in Hudson, NY, Bill was proud of the fact that he grew up on a farm and enjoyed recounting those years for his family. After his marriage to Lillian, they moved to Glastonbury, CT where they raised their 3 children. They spent the last 19 years living in Mansfield, CT. Bill was employed for 35 years as a shop manager for Acme Auto, where he was well known in the region for his expertise with diesel engines. An avid golfer, he and Lillian spent many years playing golf throughout New England and even Bermuda. He will be remembered for his calm and gentle demeanor with his family and will be greatly missed by them. Visiting hours will be Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 4pm-6pm at Tolland Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Merrow Road, Tolland, CT. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 20, 2017 at 10am at the Funeral Home followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Coventry. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to Hartford HealthCare at Home Hospice, 1290 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, CT 06109. For online condolences please visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com.