Ronald Gordon Lawrance, 68

Ronald Gordon Lawrance, 68, of Georgetown, Del., passed away at his home on Feb. 18, 2017, surrounded by his family and in the care of Delaware Hospice. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Aug. 6, 1948, to the late Wayne G. and Mildred Dulany Lawrance.

Lawrance was married to Connie Hurley on Sept. 29, 1994. He worked as a truck driver for various companies over the years.

He led an astonishing career as a first-responder in community service. He first served at District 7 and District 8 in Delaware County, Pa. After moving to Delaware in 1986, he became active in Indian River Volunteer Fire Company and for a time in the Mid-Sussex Rescue Squad, Station 91. He held the offices of president, vice-president, fire recorder and fire police lieutenant. He was awarded life membership in 1993.

Lawrance is survived by his wife, Connie H. Lawrance; his children, Adrienne Nickerson of Georgetown, Dana Woods and her husband, Don, of Wichita, Kan., John Greene and his wife, Gina, of Gaithersburg, Md., and Kristy-An Ferracci and her husband, Michael, of Millsboro, Del.; four grandchildren, Ashley Nickerson, Austin Woods, Ashley Woods and Randy Crum Jr. He leaves behind many, many friends in the fire service, and many people he helped over the years throughout Sussex County.

A funeral service and celebration of life will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at 1 p.m., with viewing at 11 a.m., at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington Street, Millsboro, Del., with Indian River Volunteer Fire Company fire chaplain Allen Miller officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963, or to Indian River Vol. Fire Co.; 32628 Oak Orchard Rd.; Millsboro, DE 19966. Condolences may be sent online at