James P. Lawlor

Mon, 02/06/2023 - 3:30pm

James Patrick Lawlor (Jim), 67, of Newcastle, Maine peacefully passed away in the early morning hours of Jan. 28, 2023 in Rockport, Maine.

He was born in Bellows Falls, Vermont, the youngest son of Joseph and Catherine Lawlor. He was raised in Westminster and educated in Bellows Falls. He attended the University of Vermont.

Jim spent summers at the family cottage on Echo Lake in Plymouth, Vermont. where he enjoyed swimming, fishing, boating, and spending time with family. He was an avid baseball player in his youth and a lifelong Red Sox and other New England sports team fan.

Jim lived many years in South Hero and Grand Isle of the Champlain Islands in Vermont, where he was an organic gardener raising and supplying fresh vegetables to area stores and restaurants. While living in the Burlington area Jim also worked at the University of Vermont Laboratory on several biomedical research projects as a phlebotomist.

His love of water and the ocean in particular brought him to Boothbay Harbor and Newcastle where he lived for many years. He worked at several businesses including the Southport General Store, The Rising Tide Food Coop, and Lincoln County Publishing.

While living in the Kenny Field Drive neighborhood Jim enjoyed a sense of community enjoying many revolving potluck suppers with groups of locals on the Boothbay peninsula. The suppers would bring together 20-30 people to each other’s home every several weeks for drinks, good food and raucous conversation. His home-grown fresh vegetables were often prepared in delightful dishes for all to enjoy.

Jim leaves one son, Ethan Brodowski of Burlington, Vermont; a brother Joseph of Thailand; and a sister Mary Lafayette of East Dummerston, Vermont. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother, father and older brother Robert.

Memorial information: Burial will take place at a later date in the family plot in Saint Charles Cemetery Westminster, Vermont.

Donations in Jim’s memory can be made to the Maine Transplant Program, 43 Baxter Boulevard, Portland, ME. 04101.