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Lawrence Lanier

May 26, 1952 — July 20, 2023

Newark, New Jersey

With heavy hearts, we, the staff and management of R. Swinson Funeral Service along with the Lanier family, announce the transition of Mr. Lawrence Lanier of Newark, New Jersey, who passed on July 20, 2023.

Lawrence, whom some of us know as "MoonCat," was born in Newark NJ. Family in NJ knew him as "Larry," a unique nickname given to him by his beautiful, deceased wife Audrey LaNier and family.   No one said "Larry" better than my mom. I can hear her calling "Larry" to their final home.

Lawrence attended Barringer High School in Newark, NJ. He joined the military based in Fort Bragg, NC. Lawrence attended Essex County College, Newark NJ Lawrence attended Lincoln Tech University in Moorestown, NJ, and became a certified mechanic. He was the only student among his classmates to receive the "Top Student award" during President George Bush's visit to Lincoln Tech in 1992 Lawrence retired as a bus driver with Shoreline Transportation in Hillside, New Jersey

Lawrence LaNier is preceded in death by his wife Audrey LaNier, and by the late Lorenzo LaNier his father

His MOM survives Lawrence: Evelyn Golden Baker; FIVE CHILDREN: Sharnese LaNier, Latishia Mckinney, Priscilla Hughes, Deborah LaNier, and Samuel LaNier. TEN GRANDCHILDREN: Talisha LaNier, Machailah Fisher, Mekhi Tims, Michael Fisher, Jabin LaNier, Sammi LaNier, Mary Mckinney, Samuel Jr. LaNier, Nia LaNier, Eli LaNier, one great-granddaughter. SIBLINGS: Sonia Pope (Pete), Laverne Ward, Lorenze LaNier, Eric Baker (Veronica), Shawn Baker (Shonice), and Mary Walker.

Memorable Childhood Friend: James Scott (brother-in-law and friend) and a host of in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

I Thessalonians 3:12 "And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you."

We love you, Daddy, and you are missed but never forgotten!



"When tomorrow starts without me, please try to overstand that, an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand; the angel said my place was ready, in heaven far above, and that I'll have to leave behind all those that I dearly loved but when I walked through heaven gates I felt so much at home, for God looked down and smiled at me and, told me welcome home.  So when tomorrow starts without me don't think we are far apart, every time you think of me, I'm right there in your heart."

Thanks to friends & family for your time, support, cards, and kind words, and for taking the time to travel to participate in Lawrence LaNier Home Going Memorial service on 9/2/2023. Please RSVP on 8/20/2023 via 973-558-9043.

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