William Francis Lawler, III
Age 64 of Bear
Passed away with his family by his side on Saturday, April 8, 2023.
Billy was born and raised in Historic New Castle. He attended St. Peter the Apostle Grade School and was
a proud 1977 graduate of William Penn High School. After graduation, he spent some time as a
volunteer firefighter for Good Will Fire Company. Billy was the owner/operator of Traditional Painting
and eventually W.L. Restorations, LLC, which he operated until his passing.
Billy was a talented drummer and the ultimate outdoorsman. He was a skilled bow hunter and even
made his own bows and arrows. His dedication to his craft made his hunting equipment the envy of
many of his hunting buddies. Billy enjoyed spending time with his faithful Beagle companions over the
He was an amazing storyteller and was always able to make his audience laugh. Billy was a faithful man
and devout follower of Jesus. But more than anything, Billy cared deeply for his family. His big heart and
loving manner will be dearly missed by all that knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William F. and Helen M. (Wierzbicki) Lawler, Jr., and his sisters,
Sharon Johnston and Kathleen Shields.
Billy is survived by his son, Billy Lawler IV (Kate); his grandchildren, Billy, Izzy, and Zeke; his siblings,
Margo Merida, Mary Frances Lawler (Gene Smith), and Ann Marie Poch (Erich). He is also survived by
many loving nieces and nephews, and his dear friend, Pam Ward.
Heartfelt thanks to the amazing doctors and ICU nurses at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital for
their incredibly compassionate care they provided to Billy.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Celebration of Life Service for Billy at Krienen Funeral
Home 101 W. 6 th St., New Castle., DE 19720, on Monday, April 17 at 1:00pm. Friends may call at the
funeral home from 11:30am-1:00pm. Interment will take place privately at Glebe Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family asks contributions to be made in Billy’s name to the American Heart