The evening visitation for Dr. Maureen Lawton will be livestreamed from the Carnell Memorial Chapel. The Thursday, June 23rd, 7:00-9:00PM visitation link is HERE
To view the funeral service for Dr. Maureen Lawton at 10:00AM, Saturday, June 25, please click HERE
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Maureen at home in St. John’s after a long illness on Thursday, June 16, 2022. She is forever loved by her husband Marc and son Nickolas Thoms of St. John’s.
Also left to mourn are her heartbroken parents Robert and Josephine (Greencorn) Lawton of St. John’s, sisters Catherine Lawton of St. John’s and Allison (Doug) Engbrecht of Kelowna, BC, brother William (Neena) Lawton of Twickenham, England, mother-in-law Andrée Thoms, brothers-in-law Eric (Adrienne) and Stefan (Kathie) Thoms, sister-in-law Michele Thoms and many nieces and nephews in Kelowna, Twickenham and St. John’s. In addition, she had many cousins and an extended circle of lifelong friends and dentistry colleagues in Newfoundland and Labrador and abroad, including dearest friends Brenda Galway (Pete Noel), Doreen Neville and Peggy Daly.
Maureen was predeceased by her father-in-law, Leslie Russell Thoms.
Maureen was born in Toronto on January 7th,1958, the first of four children to Robert and Josephine Lawton. She excelled academically in school and was into everything: cheerleading, choir, and piano. She represented her high school, Holy Heart of Mary, on Reach for the Top, a long-running Canadian academic quiz competition for high school students.
Maureen devoted her working life to dentistry in Newfoundland. She was one of the first female dentists in the St John’s area and became the first woman President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Association (NLDA) in 1990. She served as NLDA representative to the Canadian Dental Association’s Board of Governors from 1996-2001 and received the NLDA Award of Merit in 2002. For her services, Maureen was recognized with fellowships in the International College of Dentists, American College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy for her leadership in her profession.
Maureen’s contributions to the dental profession were exemplary, and she was admired and respected by all who knew her. She was mentor and inspiration especially to her female colleagues. Her clinical skills and lively and cheerful personality endeared her to the countless patients she treated with care. She retired in December, 2020 after 37 years in practice.
Maureen was a strong, brilliant, hardworking and accomplished woman and a devoted wife and mother. She was also modest and selfless and required no recognition for doing good things for other people. She also bettered her brother and sisters in Wordle on a daily basis.
Maureen was an avid reader who loved to travel and experience as much of the world as she could. She loved gardening, animals (particularly her cats, most recently Sparky), and never missed her daily cup of tea to be consumed along with British crime dramas.
Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, with visitations on Thursday, June 23 from 7 – 9 pm and Friday, June 24 from 2 – 4 pm and 7 – 9 pm. Funeral Mass to be held at St. Pius X Church on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 10 am with interment to follow.
Flowers graciously accepted or donations may be made to the Dr. Maureen Lawton Scholarship at Dalhousie University, School of Dentistry.
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