Joseph Pike Lawton, Jr., 70

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 3:10pm

Joseph “Jeph” Pike Lawton, Jr., of North Kingstown and Block Island, died unexpectedly on Friday, January 4, 2013, at home.

He was the husband of Hollie (Ross) Lawton for 35 years and 361 days. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Joseph Pike Lawton, Sr., and Dorothy (Briggs) Lawton. He was a lifelong resident of North Kingstown and a recent part-time resident of Block Island.

Jeph was a retired North Kingstown firefighter, a carpenter and had worked at Standish-Johnson Outdoor Advertising. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War, was a lifelong member of the East Greenwich Yacht Club, where he served two terms as commodore, and a member of the East Greenwich Veteran Fireman’s Association. An avid boater and fisherman, Jeph had been active in the R.I. Tuna Tournament in Galilee seemingly forever.

Upon meeting Jeph, one might think he was on the grumpier side. However, those who knew him well know that he was a candy bar — crunchy on the outside but sweet on the inside. He was the first to lend a hand to a friend in need, the “go-to guy” for all things needing fixing, and an adoring husband, brother and uncle.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a brother, John C. Lawton of Weare, N.H.; a nephew, Joshua B. Lawton of Warwick; and two nieces, Jessica Lawton Beal of Albany, N.Y., and Sarah Lawton of Pittsfield, N.H. He was the brother of the late Kim Briggs Lawton.

A Memorial Service was planned for Thursday, January 10, 2013 at the East Greenwich Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the charity of your choice in Jeph’s memory would be appreciated.