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76 Prospect Street
Rockville-Vernon, CT 06066
Phone: (860) 875-5490
Fax: (860) 872-8200
Evan Lawn

Evan Lawn

Sunday, December 9th, 1917 - Saturday, August 10th, 2019
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Evan Lawn of Ellington, Connecticut died August 10, 2019. He was predeceased by his wife of over fifty years, Marguerite Bailey Lawn. He is survived by: his sons, Roger Lawn and Walter Lawn; stepdaughters Mary Lu Scarlato and Ruth Anne Johnson; grandchildren Aaron and Amanda Lawn, Alex Eckman-Lawn, and Stephen, Daisy, Jesse, and Ben Scarlato; daughters-in-law Barbara Eckman and Bonnie Kirchner; and great-grandchildren Asher, Tabitha, and Julian Scarlato.

He was born in Philadelphia on December 9, 1917. He took his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, and taught at the American University in Baghdad, Iraq. With other Americans he was evacuated from the Middle East prior to World War II, working with the ship’s cook as it crossed the Pacific Ocean and eventually docked in Boston, Massachusetts. During the war he served as a Quaker Conscientious Objector doing alternative service clearing trails in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. After the war while working as a teacher in Center Sandwich, New Hampshire, he became interested in Catholicism. After years of research, thought and prayer he converted to that faith which became the guiding light of his life. He taught sociology, history and math for many years in the Ellington, Connecticut High School. Students before and after their graduation would visit him at home to continue learning from him.

After retiring, he became a student of Hebrew scripture. He participated in studying Talmud at the Orthodox Jewish synagogue that was within walking distance from his Ellington home. After moving to his final home near Rockville, Connecticut, he continued this study with the intensity of focus that was his hallmark. Often people would visit him to learn and share about religious topics. He was always a teacher.

Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 10-11 a.m. at the Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect Street, Rockville. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Joseph Church, 33 West Street, Rockville at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be in Belmont Abbey Cemetery, Belmont, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to:

Transfiguration Hermitage
205 Windsor Neck Road
Windsor, ME 04363
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, August 16th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Friday, August 16th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Burke-Fortin Funeral Home
    Address
    76 Prospect Street
    VERNON ROCKVILLE, CT 06066
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  • Service

    Friday, August 16th, 2019 | 11:30am
    When
    Friday, August 16th, 2019 11:30am
    Location
    St. Joseph Church Rockville
    Address
    33 West St
    VERNON ROCKVILLE, CT 06066
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  • Interment

    Location
    Belmont Abbey Cemetery
    Address
    BELMONT, NC

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Jeff Bailey

Posted at 10:07pm
What a wonderful life! So many people were loved by, and loved, Evan. My memories of my Uncle Evan are all pleasant and intellectually interesting and challenging. On one occasion, during a visit perhaps fifty years ago, Evan was working on projects tracking various weather statistics and modifying the Lawn home to use the sun to help warm the home during colder weather. He toured my brother Jon and me around the house showing us the modifications he had made. The memory is interesting and exciting and is just one of several special memories I have of spending time with Uncle Evan. He was a gentle and enthusiastic teacher and learner. Thank you, Uncle Evan.

Shirley Hayden

Posted at 01:41pm
I knew Evan from three directions. He was my high school algebra, geometry, and U. S. History teacher. He was the father of my friend Mary Lu. He was the grandfather of my niece and nephew, Terry and David. As a teacher, he was unexpected. He didn't follow all the rules other teachers followed. One day in class, a class mate -- after trying very hard not to -- threw up in class. Evan was upset that that had happened to him, and after sending him to the nurses office with a pal to make sure he got there okay, Evan gave us a short impassioned speech in which he urged us to just get up and go if we felt sick or needed the bathroom. He left a hall pass on the table in the front of the room so we could pick it up on the way out so we would not get in trouble for being out of class. It did not seem to occur to him that a student might take advantage of this policy. As far as I know, no one ever did. There was something about being trusted to do the right thing that made you want to do the right thing. On another day, he wanted to make a point in math class that he felt was very important. So he climbed up on the table to tell us about it. He said we certainly would remember the day our teacher stood up on the table. Obviously, I do. In history class, he once gave us an assignment to write about why there were no rich and famous people in the early colonies. I had no idea and was not much of a reader, so my history book was not helping me. Finally, I asked my older brother Bob what he thought. He said that if you were rich and famous you would not take a risky trip to America when you were doing fine at home. This made sense to me, but I thought it probably was not the "right" answer, and besides, I got it by asking my brother, which was probably cheating. Nonetheless, it was the only answer I had so I turned in my essay which was very short and said just that. I figured I'd get in trouble, but at least I turned in my homework. However, I did not get in trouble. Instead, he was so pleased with the answer, he read it to the class. It was the first time I realized that school could be about thinking and not just parroting things back. A wonderful realization.
Since he was the father of my best friend, I spent a lot of time at his house and came to know the whole family. He was very protective of his children and sometimes he drove me a little crazy with his protectiveness. I remember one night we were all walking back to his house from the Fireman's Fair, and every time a car approached, he made us all get off the road -- very far off the road. He did not want anyone to get hurt. Having grown up with a lot of freedom and very little protection, this seemed a bit over the top. But you knew he was watching out for you. Evan was always doing projects. At one point, there had been termites spotted in their old house. Evan made it his mission to coat all the endangered areas of the large house with termite poison. Sometimes he enlisted the kids to help with the project, but mostly he kept us out of the chemicals. He was almost done when it was his birthday. His wife Marguerite wrote a poem for him and read it at the birthday dinner. It was about his brave soldiering against the termites. I got such a kick out of that.
I saw him less in his grandparent role since I generally saw Terry and David at their house, not his. But he was there at birthdays and other gatherings.
I was sort of related to Evan because he was my brother's father-in-law, and the grandfather of my beloved niece and nephew. Evan and all the Lawns were and are part of my family even after my brother's divorce from his daughter and the deaths of my niece and nephew.
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