In memory of
Joseph Conrad Lawyer
Joseph Conrad Lawyer Vero Beach, FL Joseph Conrad Lawyer, born May 23, 1945 to Frank and Cathleen in Grand Rapids, Michigan was 71 years at his death. He passed away in Naples, Florida on Monday, October 10th where he fled with friends to avoid Hurricane Matthew which threatened his home in Vero Beach. Joe attended Northeast Mississippi College in 1965 then transferred to the University of Wisconsin where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 1969. Joe began his business career with U S Steel and rapidly worked his way up the ladder to become General Manager of USX's Specialty Steel Products Division at the Company headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Joe left USX in 1986 to become Chairman and CEO of Christie Park Industries, later Chatwins Group Companies where he engineered many transactions growing the company to one quarter billion dollars in sales. He took the Company public in a reverse merger with Reunion Industries where the company traded on the American then Nasdaq exchanges. Joe stepped down as CEO in 2000 and remained Vice Chairman until his death. He was also a long serving Director of Respironics, a public company, where he chaired the Audit committee. He served as Chairman of Smart Skin Systems, Sheerwind and was a Director of Consolidated Systems. Joe and a friend owned Hollyhill Inn and Golf Center in the suburbs of Pittsburgh for twelve years, selling it successfully to a developer in the early 2000's. Joe is survived by his wife of fifty years, Betty, his son Sean and Sean's wife Jennifer and his two grand children, Katleen and Kieran. He is also survived by his sisters, Kathleen Thompson, Mary Alice Stetemann and Eileen Talermo, and his Brother, Patrick. Joe was a member of The Bent Pine Golf Club and The Orchid Island Club of Vero and The Duquesne Club of Pittsburgh. Joe was known for his prowess at Gin, Poker and Bridge. He will be missed especially by his Bent Pine Gin Group. He possessed a quick mind and a broad sense of humor. His great success in business was surpassed only by his warm and giving personality and his loyalty to his many friends. Family and Friends will be received at a reception at The Bent Pine Golf Club on Sunday, October 23rd from four to six PM. In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, a donation may be made in Joe's name to the VNA Hospice of Indian River County 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, Florida 32960.
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