Obituary of William Lawrensen, II
William Russell Lawrensen II of Halfmoon, New York passed away peacefully on May 9 with family by his side. He was born on April 19, 1939 in Bronx New York, to Hjordis and William (Russell) Lawrensen.
A graduate of Syracuse University and City College of New York (MBA). He served in the United States Air Force where he rose to the rank of Captain with several years of active duty followed by serving in the NY Air National Guard.
William had a long career with the New York State government, retiring as Associate Director of NYS Department of Taxation & Finance, Revenue Opportunity Division. He previously served as Deputy Chief Budget Examiner in the Governor’s Budget Division and was also an Engineer with the Port of NY & NJ Authority. Upon retirement, he had a second career as an Adjunct Professor, teaching a variety of management studies and mathematics courses at various Capital Region colleges for more than 20 years.
A long-time member of the American Legion and the Elks, he also served on the Board of Directors for Coconut Palms Resort in New Smyrna Beach, FL, where he loved spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid sports fan, especially of the Boston Red Sox and NY Giants football. He was full of life and full of joy and will always be remembered for his wit, storytelling, amazing sense of humor, and for his gregarious laugh. We will always share the love, admiration and memories we’ve all created as a family. His foundation and legacy will always remain.
He is survived by loving wife of 55 years Patricia (Gear) Lawrensen, his children Karen Lynch (Tim) of Clifton Park, William Lawrensen (Valerie) of Dublin Ohio, and Kristen Miller (Scott) of Gansevoort. He had a special love for his 6 grandchildren, Connor Lynch, Kevin Lynch, Nicholas Lawrensen, Kamryn Miller, Emily Lawrensen and Kody Miller.
Calling hours will be Saturday May 12 from 2 to 5 pm at Catricala Funeral Home, 1597 Route 9, Clifton Park. He will be buried with full military honors at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of NE New York c/o Kody's Krusaders by going to
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