Roger Allen Lawson

  • Born: October 20, 1929
  • Died: September 7, 2016
  • Location: Bloomfield, Connecticut

Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home

136 South Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06107

Tel. (860) 521-4400

Tribute & Message From The Family

Roger Allen Lawson (86) of Bloomfield, CT passed away after a brief illness on September 7, 2016 with his loving family at his side. He was the beloved husband of Margaret Wallace Lawson.

Roger was born in Sylvan Grove, Kansas on October 20, 1929, and graduated from Kansas State University in 1952. He served in the United States Air Force as an instructor in Pre-Flight Training until his discharge as a 1st Lieutenant in 1954. Roger had a 34-year career at the Aetna Life Group Division, retiring in 1989 as Regional Director of Financial Services, Employee Benefits Division. Roger then served for seven years as Vice President, Investment Sales at Connecticut National Bank retiring again in 1996. Roger was a Chartered Life Underwriter and taught CLU classes for 15 years. Throughout his life, Roger was an active member of the communities in which he lived. He served as President of the Springfield Life Underwriters, the Longmeadow Men's Club as well as the Springfield Jaycees. He was active in both the Springfield and Hartford Rotary Clubs, served as President of the Old Guard in West Hartford and served on the Membership Committee of the Hartford Golf Club where he was an avid golfer, tennis and paddle tennis player. Roger will always be remembered by his family and many friends for his love of life, sportsmanship, and sense of fun.

Roger was predeceased by his parents, Sidney and Helen Cross Lawson, both of Sylvan Grove, Kansas, and two brothers, Sidney, Jr. and Clare and two sisters, Kathleen and Mary. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret, and their son, Hugh and his wife, Sandra and two grandsons, Nicholas and Henry, as well as sister-in-law Ruth and niece Rebecca Townsend.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, September 14th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, 136 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT. A reception and celebration of Roger's life will be held at The Hartford Golf Club on Sunday, September 18th from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm, 134 Norwood Road, West Hartford, CT. Friends are invited to attend. Memorial contributions can be made to Kansas State University and the Roger Lawson Scholarship Fund at the First Tee of Connecticut. For directions and online condolences, please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

On behalf of the "Kansas kinfolk" please accept our condolences. I am writing for Cliff Cross - a cousin who grew up with Roger in Sylvan Grove - and his wife, Faith Cross. They still subscribe to the Sylvan Grove newspaper and saw his obituary. All of us in Kansas are keeping you in thought and prayer.

Posted by Charla Cross - Wichita, KS - Family   September 19, 2016

Through you, Margaret, I got to know Roger, and will always remember the few times that I had the pleasure to golf with him. It amazed me to see him drive his ball down the middle a considerable distance, over and over again, even in his 80s! He never lost a bet with me. But he was such a gentleman. My condolences to you and your family.

Posted by Edward Cumming - Hartford, CT   September 17, 2016

Dear Margaret,
Just learned of the sad passing of your dear husband Roger. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Susan Dunn - West Hartford, CT   September 16, 2016

dear Margaret thinking of you with sincere sympathy, remembering you and all the flowers sincerely, Pat Parker florist springfield ma

Posted by pat parker    September 15, 2016

Ida Franklin just told me of Roger's quite sudden death, as we hadn't read the notice in the paper.
Karl and I hope to join you and friends on Sunday to remember your wonderful husband and to meet your family. Roger was looking so healthy and fit that we were in shock to hear of his passing.

Muriel Fleischmann

Posted by Muriel Fleischmann - West Hartford, CT   September 15, 2016

Dear Margaret and family:
On behalf of everyone at the Symphony, our hearts truly are with you. Both you and Roger have been wonderful friends, colleagues, avid supporters of the arts, and passionate lovers of life. We owe so much to both of you.
Dignified, handsome, tender, intelligent and kind - are the adjectives that come to mind immediately when I think of Roger. He will be in our hearts for always.
With great fondness and affection -
Ruth Sovronsky

Posted by Ruth Sovronsky - Hartford, CT - Friend   September 14, 2016

Dearest Margaret -

We just returned from our trip to learn of this incredibly sad news. We are both simply heartbroken. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time and always. Please do not hesitate if there is anything we can do to help.

Love, Tracy & Tony

Posted by Tracy Flater and Tony Falcetti - Wilbraham, MA - Friend   September 14, 2016

Dear Margaret,

So sorry to hear of your loss - I well remember our last time together: a trip along the Pilgrim's Way with a visit to a country Inn near Westerham.

Thank you both for being such good people and for giving me many bright moments during my time at HSB.

Posted by Tom and Barbara Tannion - Dublin - Friend   September 14, 2016

Margaret, we are so sorry and saddened with Roger's passing. You both welcomed us so kindly when we moved our office up to Hartford and again when we joined the Hartford Club, we will miss him dearly.

Posted by A friend   September 13, 2016

Margaret, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Much Love

Chris and George Winterling

Posted by Chris Winterling - Stuart, FL   September 12, 2016


My deepest sympathy.

Don Wilson

Posted by Don Wilson - Glastonbury, CT   September 12, 2016

To Margaret and the entire Lawson family - The Old Guard mourns the loss of one of our great leaders. We will miss him dearly.

Jeff Lee
Old Guard President

Posted by Jeff Lee - West Hartford, CT   September 11, 2016

Margaret ~ I remember meeting you and Roger for the first time. We had dinner at the Trattoria Restaurant in Canton ~ Hugh was 3 years old. We all enjoyed many wonderful times together ~ Roger's was such a great guy ~ I remember his year's at Connecticut National when he and Arnold were both working there. We enjoyed such fun times ~ Roger was a wonderful friend to all and a very loyal friend. I had a standing question with Roger ~ I must have asked him over a 40-year period how old he was. He never would tell me until a few years ago. I was still stunned ~ an incredibly youthful individual ~ always. I am sorry for your loss ~ you two were such a great team together. I always loved talking to him and his incredible pride in Hugh from the time he was three until today. Thought and love Margaret ~ Nancy

Posted by Nancy Boecklin - Eugene, OR - Friend   September 10, 2016

Roger was a great work associate and mentor to me in my early career and an inspiration to continue my professional education - a great privilege to know him and his passing is a loss to many.

Posted by Lee Doble - Huntington Beach, CA   September 10, 2016

We will always remember Roger, and wish we could be there to comfort you, Margaret.

Richard and Lois Sabatino

Posted by Richard and Lois Sabatino - Naples,, FL - Friend   September 10, 2016

Dear Margaret,

We are saddened to hear of Roger's passing. We recall him as such a fine gentleman from our early Aetna days in Springfield. He was always ready to help a young group rep, and later to acquaint me with the finer details of group annuities.

We are happy that we both share common grandson names oh Nicholas and Henry-well chosen!

Colby and Anita Thresher

Posted by Colby and Anita Thresher - Simsbury, CT - Coworker   September 10, 2016


So glad to have had the chance to meet and chat with Roger at various Hartford events. Such a "Dapper Dan"--so handsome and so dignified...and through osmosis, he certainly knew and appreciated the event world!
My sincere condolences to Margaret and the rest of the family.

Posted by Audra Antrum - Bristol, CT - Friend   September 09, 2016

Margaret and Family: I am so sorry for your loss of Roger. The many times I saw you at the GHO together you were always smiling. You were a great couple. I hope your memories of your many years of happiness together as a family will help you through this difficult time. I will pray for you and hope you know that there are many of us who care deeply for you. God Bless you all.

Ally Cormier

Posted by Ally Cormier - Farmington, CT - Acquaintance   September 09, 2016


May loving memories of your life with Roger sustain you at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Carol Sisco

Posted by Carol Sisco - Hartford, CT - Friend   September 09, 2016