Lawson H. Stoddard ROCHESTER, N.H. — Lawson H. Stoddard passed away peacefully at the Studley Home in Rochester, Thursday, May 30, 2019, following a long illness. He was born Oct. 30, 1929, in Randolph, Vermont, the only child of Herman E. and Ruth (Trask) Stoddard. He resided on the family farm in Brookfield, Vermont, until 1946 when he graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre, Vermont. He joined the U.S. Regular Army Jan. 8, 1947, serving 18 months before joining the U.S. Army Reserve in June 1948. Lawson served 33 years in the active reserve. For 27 of those years, he was a civilian administrator. When he retired Dec. 31, 1988, he had served as Staff Administrative Assistant and respected Command Sergeant Major of the 1st Brigade, 76th Division. On March 24, 1950, Lawson married Pauline G. Eastman in Barre, Vermont, a marriage that spanned 65 years. They became the proud parents of three daughters, settling in Rochester in 1962 where they remained. Lawson was an avid gardener, employing organic gardening techniques and building raised beds for his garden in town. Many people enjoyed the fruits of his labor. During the winters of his retirement, he traded gardening for woodworking, creating household furniture for every room. He also enjoyed touring the country and taking numerous trips to Hawaii with Pauline. Lawson was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Pauline. He is survived by three daughters Laura P. Poole and husband Adrian, of Wolfeboro, Irene R. Moore and husband Gary, of Conyers, Georgia, and Louise M. Stoddard and husband Rick Apt, of Milton. He was the proud grandfather of four grandchildren Carey E. Moore, Christopher Poole and wife Kaela, Stephanie Poole-Walker and husband Steven, and Eduardo Apt. He had one great-grandson, Benjamin Poole-Walker. A private graveside service was held June 3, 2019, at the Franklin Street Cemetery in Rochester. Condolences may be expressed in the online guest book at www.edgerlyfh.com. Those who choose to may honor Lawson's memory by sending a donation to the Studley Home, 34 Eastern Ave., Rochester, NH 03867.

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