William James Lawless

14 February 1922–27 April 1987 (Age 65)
South Nelson, Miramichi, Northumberland, New Brunswick, Canada

The Life Summary of William James

When William James Lawless was born on 14 February 1922, in South Nelson, Miramichi, Northumberland, New Brunswick, Canada, his father, William Alexander Lawless, was 21 and his mother, Marie Louise Josephine Godin, was 18. He married Gwendolyn Louise Phalen on 15 February 1947, in Springhill, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada. He died on 27 April 1987, in Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada, at the age of 65.

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William James Lawless
Gwendolyn Louise Phalen
Marriage: 15 February 1947

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World Events (5)

1937 · Miramichi Strike
Age 15
August 20, 1937, the Miramichi lumber strike took place. Over 1,500 millworkers and longshoremen struck 14 lumber firms for wage increases.
1945 · HMCS Esquimalt Torpedoed
Age 23
On April 16, 1945, the HMCS Esquimalt was torpedoed by German U-Boats. Thirty-nine men died, some due to the attack others to exposure to cold. Those that survived were rescued by the Sarnia.
1955 · Recorder Low Temperature
Age 33
In 1955, New Brunswick broke the record with a freezing temperature of -47.2° C, in Sisson Dam

Name Meaning

Scottish, Irish, and English: nickname for an unbridled and licentious man, from Middle English laghless, lawelas (a compound of late Old English lagu ‘law’ (from Old Norse) + the native suffix -l(ē)as ‘without’, ‘lacking’). Reaney suggests additionally that this name may have referred to an outlaw (i.e. one from whom the protection of the law had been withdrawn), but this seems unlikely.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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