Dr. Roy W. Lawson

Wednesday, 02 March 1932 - Sunday, 17 August 2014

Death Notice

“Absent from the body

Present with his Lord
Whom he loved and served

Faithfully all his life”


Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on  Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Bluewater Health, Dr. Roy W. Lawson passed away at the age of 82. Dear son of Rev. Roy F. and Elsie Lawson. Dearly loved husband of Joan. Loving father of Dan (Carolyn), Dave (Judy), and Doug. Treasured grandfather of Andra (Christopher) Perry, Jared, John and Jennifer and cherished great-grandfather of Mackenna Grace Perry. Dear brother of Ed Lawson (Barb) of Atlanta, GA. Roy will be missed by nieces Karen, Kim, Kathy and nephew Kevin.  Family and friends will be received at Temple Baptist Church, 1410 Quinn Drive, Sarnia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  A funeral service will be held at Temple Baptist Church, on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. A private interment will take place in Lakeview Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to The Fellowship of the Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at



Family and friends will be received at Temple Baptist Church, 1410 Quinn Drive, Sarnia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.


A funeral service will be held at Temple Baptist Church, on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. A private interment will take place in Lakeview Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to The Fellowship of the Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada (cheques only at the funeral home please).

88 Condolences

  • Bill and Joan Marshall September 1, 2014 11:03am

    Praising God for Dr. Roy's faithfulness in allowing the Holy Spirit to work thru him. Our son is in the ministry today, because God spoke to him at a college and Career Retreat in th early 80's at MBC. I'm sure this could be repeated by so many others.

    Love and Prayers
    Bill and Joan

  • François Picard August 26, 2014 12:13pm

    Dr Roy Lawson is now in his Master's glory, after loving and serving Him for many years. When still a young believer and new in ministry, I was impressed by this visionary's faith. He was a rallying and encouraging preacher. May God console you by God's spirit and hope for the resurrection to come.

  • E. Noel McMaster August 25, 2014 03:45pm

    Sorry Joan and Family, we only heard the news of Dr. Roy's home going so were not able to make it to the memorial service. My wife Dorothy and I have many very fond memories of times spent with Roy and receiving excellent council and wonderful encouragement on many occasions, as well as having the privilege of sitting under his ministry in our churches. He will be dearly missed, but we look forward to that great reunion day in the presence of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ. May God bless and comfort you, Joan and your family. Love Dorothy & Noel McMaster.

  • Dr Frank Anderson August 25, 2014 12:38pm

    A good friend, a wise leader, a true visionary, a committed servant of Christ, a man for the time. I thank God for Roy and his service to God and to our Churches.

  • Barbara Johnston August 25, 2014 08:41am

    Dear Joan and family: Please accept my deepest love and condolensces for your loss of Dr Roy. I turly know and can identify with your loss since having lost my Keith only 11 months ago.

    Roy was to Keith and I a dear friend, mentor and a man who made us feel God's love through his genuine care for us. With all the many hundreds of people he touched during his ministry he still had time to personally care about us as a couple. Keith's life was forever changed during that Men's Conference at MBC when Roy was speaking. It led to his Keith's total life change and commitment to the Lord Jesus. I take great comfort in that and together they are celebrating all of Heaven's glory today and that gives me peace and the ability to keep going on until God calls us home to be with Him and with our cherished loved ones.

    May God give you great strength, and comfort and the rest that only He can give during these days of loss. With Much Love and Prayer Barb Johnston

  • Big Bertha Rocky August 24, 2014 07:05pm

    Saddened by the news of "Uncle Roy's" passing, yet somehow envious that he is basking in the Glory of our risen Saviour!

    We are blessed today by overwhelming good memories of our 'courtship' aided by "Uncle Roy" during our wonderful summers (1971-1973) at MBC, and several years serving as his Treasurer in F.B.Y.P.A.

    Prayerfully remembering family and friends
    Lyle and Debbie Teakle

  • roy sommerville August 23, 2014 09:15pm

    I had the privilege of attending the funeral service for dr roy lawson yesterday morning at temple baptist church in sarnia along with hundreds of other friends, family members and pastors. The hour and three quarter service was a great tribute to a great man of God, preacher and dad. Roy led the fellowship for several decades with integrity, wisdom and love. Roy preached sticky sermons and made many sticky statements. I heard him preach on at least a half.dozen occasions and things he said from each sermon still stick in my mind.
    He was much loved and will be much missed.
    Roy Sommerville - Queensway Baptist Church

  • Paul and Julie Irvin August 23, 2014 06:33pm

    I was introduced to Dr. Lawson early in my life, and it was my pleasure to address him as uncle roy. I could recall a library of fond memories of laughter and warm encouragement at home and at MBC. However it is his dedication to serving and loving one another I believe I shall never forget. We will be lifting you up Aunt Joan, and your entire family.

  • Connie MacBain Parker August 23, 2014 01:36pm

    Dear Joan,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Even though I have not seen you and Roy for many years, I wanted to let you know that Roy made a difference in my life, particularly in my formative years as a teenager at MBC. Roy taught me about commitment and the importance of being willing to sacrifice oneself for Jesus. Perhaps more importantly he taught me Christians can have a lot of fun along the way. I can still see him walking up and down the aisles of the old chapel pumping mosquito repellent at our feet. What I learned in those days served me well in my teens, my twenties, and well beyond.

    I also am appreciative of his relationship and with my Dad, Hal MacBain, both as a friend, a colleague in the Fellowship Office, and in their mutual ministries at Temple in Sarnia. May God's love, comfort and presence surround you this day and in the days to come.

  • Dan Lawson August 23, 2014 12:46pm

    In a limited time it’s difficult to do justice to all the ways that you impacted me. On more than one occasion it involved “gentle” correction over your knee, frequently it was a piece of sage guidance but most of all it was in how you lived.

    Your life reflected your passion for reaching the lost for Christ and equipping churches to minister and establish strong foundations in the communities in which God had placed them. But it was more than that – it was how you did it. God gave you a unique ability to communicate – a way of making people feel that when you were preaching, you were talking DIRECTLY to them on a personal level. God blessed you with this gift and we praise and thank him for that – because in this gift, and the way God used you, He created a legacy of faith that touched countless lives and will not soon be forgotten.

    I mentioned earlier about your passion for the lost and I would be remiss if I did not honor you in that way today. One summer when I was 10 or 11, while on vacation in Muskoka, we were at the lake swimming on a beautiful summer afternoon. I remember your clear and frequent warnings to stay inside the swimming area but I kept seeing all the big kids jumping off the end of the dock and then climbing up the ladder to jump in again. It looked like such great fun! I thought to myself – I can do that, I’m going out to that ladder climb up and jump in like the big kids!

    Well, as I got close to the ladder and I tried to stand on my own two feet, I realized I was in trouble. I was sputtering, I couldn't get my footing, I was drinking lake water at an alarming rate, and I was starting to panic. Then out of nowhere you reached down and pulled me up on the dock – safe and secure.

    In the same way my earthly father saved me that day – we have a loving father in heaven who loves us and longs to save us. So if you've been living life your own way, sputtering, flailing and feeling like you’re going under, I encourage you to reach out for our Heavenly Father – one that sent his Son to die on the cross and bear the burden of all our sins. If you've never accepted Christ as your Savior, or perhaps you have wandered away from him, I encourage you to reach out to Him. In Him is the hope that sustains us through tough times like these
    Dad – I know you’d be wanting to wrap things up quickly here, but let me just close by saying thank you for providing so “firm a foundation” for me and my family. And thank you to Mom for serving so faithfully by Dad’s side.

    I love you and thank you.


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