Lawrence James Remington


Lawrence James Remington, a lifetime resident of South Bend, Washington, passed away on March 5, 2013, at the age of 88. Lawrence was born in South Bend on February 23, 1925, to William and Catherine (O’Shaughnessy) Remington. He graduated from South Bend High School in 1943 where he served as Student Body President his senior year and participated in football and track. Lawrence enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served from 1943 until 1946. He was stationed in the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific.

On December 7, 1946, Lawrence married Selma (Sally) Ring at the Immaculate Conception Church in Raymond, Wash. They settled in their first home on “A” Street in South Bend and started their family. In 1957, they moved to their current home on Washington Street. Lawrence and Sally dedicated their lives to raising their children.

After getting married, Lawrence managed the Blue Top Confectionery, owned by Forrie Smith and Willie Williams, fellow veterans and friends. He later worked at Spurrells’s Grocery Store. Following in his father’s footsteps, Lawrence went to work for the Willapa Harbor Iron Works as a bookkeeper. He eventually became a part owner and business manager, remaining there until he retired.

In 1972, Lawrence was elected to the PUD Board of Commissioners and proudly held that position for 36 years. He also served his community as a member of the South Bend School Board, a commissioner for the Port of Willapa Harbor, and a member of the Willapa Harbor Credit Bureau.

Faith and family were most important to Lawrence. He was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Lawrence Parish, serving the church in many capacities. Lawrence will be remembered as a man of integrity, an honest business man, a loving husband, father, and provider. He was a conscientious man who quietly reached out to help those in need.

Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Bill; two sisters, Margaret Russell and Ruth Remington; and a grandson, Christopher Thompson.

Surviving him at the family home is Sally, his wife of 66 years. He is also survived by his children, Jim (Marcia) of Renton, Janet Decker of Seattle, Richard of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Loraine (Vic) Garrone of Menlo, Roy (Cheryl) of Olympia, Joanne (Elroy) Thompson of Bay City, Ore., Larry (Edie) of Hoquiam, Jeannie Hillery (Lloyd Briscoe) and Kathleen Remington of Raymond, and Marla McGourty of Vancouver; his brothers, Robert “Shorty” Remington of South Bend, and Albert “Red” of Des Moines; as well as 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren (with one more on the way).

A Rosary prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013, and the funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16th. Both will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Raymond. Internment with military honors will follow the funeral Mass at Fern Hill Cemetery in Menlo.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Lawrence Church Maintenance Fund or a charity of your choice.