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Craig Allen “Craiger” Lawler, 50, of Mertztown, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, May 20, 2009. He was being treated for cancer for the past year but died from an underling cancer that was called Carcinoma Meningitis.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of Joyce Shultz and Harlan Shultz of Lansdale and the late James Lawler.

He leaves behind his daughters Tanya and Taylor Lawler, both of Boyertown; his son Paul Frye of Pottstown; his fiancée Karen Akins and future stepdaughter Shelby Akins along with 6 grandchildren and a dog named Bobbie. Also surviving is his sister Tracy, wife of Harvey Landis of Chalfont and step brothers Steven Shultz of North Whales and Bill and Cathy Shultz of Doylestown.

Craig loved the outdoors and appreciated nature. He worked at the S.P.C.A. as a teenager and rescued a Bald Eagle and nursed it back to health. He also loved horses and rode at a very young age. He was involved with the 4H Club and competed in horse shows all over the state with his daughter Tanya. In 1976 he rode his horse from Harrisburg to Valley Forge Park on the Bicentennial March and Celebration. Craig also loved 4-wheeling, camping, fishing and GeoCaching. His favorite time of the year was spring and summer. During the winter he would play with H.O. Scale Railroads and was putting together a miniature city with his family and grandchildren called “Craigville” For 27 years he was a “Sheet Rocker”, hanging drywall as a subcontractor for Just Drywall and Gold Line Drywall in new homes and renovations. He started his own landscaping business which he sold and is still in operation. Craig was loved by all and will be sadly missed by family and friends, but he will never be forgotten.

A Time of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2009, from 1PM to 3PM at the New Hanover United Methodist Church, 2211 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Craig’s name to Harleysville National Bank, c/o Craig Allen Lawler Education Fund, 1050 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville, PA 19525.

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