Erik M. Lawrence, age 50, of Holyoke, MA died suddenly on Sunday, April 4, 2021. He was born in Gardner, MA on August 2, 1970, son of the late Neil P. and Margaret M. Lawrence. He lived most of his life in Holyoke. He attended Holyoke Public Schools and was a graduate of Holyoke High, Holyoke Community School of Nursing, and The University of Massachusetts School of Nursing where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Erik worked for many years at Baystate Medical Center. He began his work there as a kitchen worker and ultimately became a Nursing Supervisor. Most recently he was employed as a Nursing Supervisor at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. He was a strong advocate for his patients and his nursing colleagues. Erik was an enthusiastic skier and was a member of the ski patrol at Mt. Tom and Butternut ski areas. He had a passion for all music and was an avid Grateful Dead fan. He greatly enjoyed spending time surrounded by family and friends camping, at the beach, and attending concerts. Besides his parents, Erik was predeceased by his brother, Neil P. Lawrence. He is survived by his four children: Madysen H. Lawrence and his spouse Adara North of Burlington, VT, Kassidy J. Lawrence, Ella G. Lawrence, and Lily F. Lawrence and their mother Tamara (Motyl) Lawrence. He also leaves behind three sisters: Eileen Regan and her husband Gene Regan, Mary Lawrence and her husband Jeff Francis, and Amy Lawrence and her husband Mark Fitzgerald, all of Holyoke. Erik also leaves behind several nieces and nephews, several grand nieces and nephews, a loving extended family, and many, many friends. Relatives and friends are invited to meet for a Mass of Christian Burial for Erik on Wednesday, April 14th at 11:30 am at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1945 Northampton Street. Burial will be private. A Walkthrough Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 13th from 4 to 7 pm at the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street. Please note that masks and social distancing are required for all services. Those choosing not to send flowers may consider donations in Erik’s memory to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), 199 Water Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038, or to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, Second Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540.
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