Joseph R. Lawrence, 68, of Batavia, N.Y., passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. He was born March 20, 1954 to the late Robert E. Lawrence and Frances (Radley) Lawrence.
Joe is survived by his loving wife, Teresa (Fix); devoted children, Marie (Shawn) Bigsby, John (Carrie) Lawrence, Catherine Lawrence (Ronald Schramm), and Elizabeth (Nicholas) Grasso; and adoring grandchildren, Emma, Brock, and Ryan Bigsby, Sophia and Jack Lawrence, and Gia and Joseph Grasso. Joe is also survived by his mother, Frances; siblings, William (Margaret) Lawrence, Nancy (Richard) Hale, Robert (Diane) Lawrence, JoAnn (Steven) Hyde, John (Corinne) Fix, James (Christine) Fix, and Marie (Randall) Smith; and several nieces and nephews.
Joe loved spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren and telling others about them and all of their accomplishments. Joe was known for his passion for hunting, fishing and trapshooting. He was a member of the Batavia Rod and Gun Club and Sportsmen Coon Hunters Association. He spent many summers vacationing at Black Lake, Oneida Lake, and Horseshoe Lake.
Joe worked for the City of Batavia. He started there in 1970 working in the summer. Later he became a water plant operator. He ended his career as an operator at the wastewater treatment plant.
Joe will be missed by family and friends alike. He was generous to all who knew him. He had a huge heart and would help anyone in need.
Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, from 3-7 p.m. at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc., 329-333 West Main St., Batavia, NY 14020. A 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, at Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main St., Batavia, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North St. in Batavia. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020.