Dan Lawson – 1958 – 2018
Imagine a summer sunset, shining bright til the moment it dips below the horizon. That was Dan Lawson. Smart, funny, caring and cantankerous. It was a potent mix. Dan was born in 1958 in Summerville, Nova Scotia, the youngest of four children born to Murray and Amy (Hupman) Lawson. He was predeceased by his oldest brother Ron and is survived by brother Ray and sister Laura (Lawson) Dobson.
Growing up in a small village surrounded by beauty fostered an adventurous and independent spirit. He left home early, did his undergrad at Dalhousie University and a journalism degree at King’s College. He started his CBC career in Halifax, then Charlottetown and finally Toronto. He worked with the local Toronto radio shows, then with CBC TV’s Midday, News Network and Arts Unit.
Dan was an early LGBT pioneer; proud to be gay. His humour was his sword and shield. In 2005, he married Paul McWhorter and settled in Port Hope. It was a happy but short marriage; Paul passed away in 2009. Dan thought he would never love again, but then out of the blue came Paul Pilcher. The two were a perfect match, each having the strength to counterbalance the other’s force. They were married on the beach in Wellfleet, Cape Cod in 2012. Dan was welcomed into the Pilcher clan with open arms. For the next six years, he split his time between White Point, Nova Scotia and Wellfleet on the Cape. During this time, Dan battled many health problems. On his Facebook page, his quote was: “I remain inexplicably alive.” Indeed, he was grateful to the doctors and the health care providers who helped him battle through his challenges. Through all of these, Paul Pilcher was at his side, never wavering in his love for Dan. Paul passed away suddenly in February of this year. Just two months later, Dan died as well. Perhaps it was all too much. Perhaps it was a broken heart. Perhaps he had just had enough. Whatever the reason, his satellite’s gone up to the skies. He leaves behind all of us, remembering the burning light that was Dan.
Paul Pilcher and Dan Lawson will be celebrated in a joint memorial service on June 23rd at 10am at the Chequessett Neck Gold Club. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com