Lawrence J. “Larry” Dwyer


Lawrence J. “Larry” Dwyer

Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 1 Feb 1902 (aged 41–42)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA
Plot K 1 10 4
Memorial ID 155186733 View Source
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While Faithfully Attending to His Duties He Contracts Cold
and Is Prostrated With Pleuro-Pneumonia Which Terminates Fatally, Bringing Grief to Relatives and Friends

» ; LAWRENCE J. DWYER. a member of the Board of Supervisors, died yesterday at 1:20 p. m. at his residence, 1320 Utah street,after an illness of a few days duration, the Immediate cause of death being pleuro-pneumonia. Supervisor Dwyer's loss will be felt by thousands who will sympathize with his grief-stricken widow and two children, for it is no exaggeration to state that he numbered every one as his friend.

Through his earnest devotion to his pub-. He duties, Supervisor Dwyer contracted the fatal malady. On Friday of last week he attended a meeting of the Finance Committee of the Board of Supervisors, though he was suffering from a severe cold at the time and was advised to remain in his home.

The severe cold developed Into pleurisy and then into pleuro-pneumonia, and despite the efforts of Doctors Lagan and Gallway, death claimed the patient.

The late Supervisor was a prominent figure In local politics and in the business world. He was born in Boston, Mass., forty-two years ago, and came to this city with his parents when ho was four years of age. He was educated In the public schools, and early in life learned the trade of a painter. He rapidly went to the front and soon after reaching his majority was actively engaged as a master painter, employing a large force of assistants, enjoying the patronage of leadIng citizens until his death.

Served in the Legislature.

Lawrence J. Dwyer affiliated himself with the Democratic party early, in life and served on many executive and county political committees. In 1894 he asked the confidence of the voters In Thirtythird Assembly District and was elected to the State Legislature as, an Assemblyman. He served in the Assembly with great credit to himself, and In 1896 was elected Senator.

At the earnest solicitation of his friends, Dwyer ran for Supervisor at the municipal election in November, 1899. He secured a big majority over his opponent, and resigned from the Senate in order to attend to his duties as a member of the Board of Supervisors.

In January, 1900, Dwyer took his seat as a member of the first Board of Supervisors called into being under the new charter of the city and county of San Francisco. His qualifications were Immediately recognized by his brother members on the board and he was appointed chairman of the Committees on Streets, Public Buildings, Fire, Public Utilities and Artificial Lights.

In the recent municipal election Supervisor Dwyer was re-elected, and was placed on the Committees on Finance, Artificial Lights, Public Utilities and Fire.

During his two terms of office Dwyer advocated many measures for the improvement of the Mission district, and the residents In. that section of the city always had a warm spot in their hearts for "Larry" Dwyer, as he was familiarly called.

Was Devoted to His Family.

The late Supervisor was married fourteen years ago to Miss Alice Dowling, who, with their son Lawrence, aged 14 years, and daughter Marguerite, aged 8 years, mourn a beloved husband and father. Two sisters of the deceased, Misses Annie and Lizzie Dwyer, also mourn his loss.

Supervisor Dwyer was a member of the Builders' Exchange and was prominent In the ranks of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, the Improved Order of Red Men and the Young Men's Catholic Union.

He was a strict adherent of the Catholic church and was active In the affairs of St. Peter's Church; where he worshiped for many years. He was a cousin of the Rev. Father Joseph McQuade and numbered many distinguished clergymen as his friends.

In the. business world, in political life and in social affairs Lawrence J. Dwyer held the esteem of all who came In contact with him, and his death yesterday caused professions of profound regret on all sides.

City Hall Flag Lowered.

Mayor Schmitz, on hearing of the death of Supervisor Dwyer, at once ordered the flags to be half-masted over the City Hall.
At the Builders' Exchange the news of Supervisor Dwyer's death was heard with sorrow and the executive board will take action at its next meeting and express Its sympathy with the bereaved family and relatives.

No arrangements have been made for the funeral, and while there ls r a desire In political circles to pay marked respect to the deceased the wishes of the widow will be considered in the carrying out the arrangements for interment. Deceased left an estate valued at between $10,000 and $15,000.

Last evening the Mayor appointed the following committee to make arrangements for the funeral of the late SuperVisor; Dwyer: Supervisors Curtis, Connor, Booth, Wilson and McClellan. The committee at once requested all officers of the municipal government to attend the obsequies.

The funeral cortege will leave the late residence of the deceased, 1320 Utah street, at -9 o'clock Tuesday morning for St. Peter's Church, Twenty-fourth and Alabama streets, where services for the dead will be conducted at 9:30 o'clock.

On Monday evening the committee announces its intention of presenting suitable resolutions to the Board of Supervisors relative to their late colleague and there will also be a recommendation that the meeting adjourn out of respect to his memory.

At the regular monthly meeting of the Municipal League the following resolution was unanimously adopted:
Whereas, We have learned with great sorrow of the death of L. J. Dwyer, a Supervisor of this city; and
Whereas, Mr. Dwyer has served this city faithfully and honestly and has at all times advocated such matters as would tend to Improve the city. Resolved, 'That In his death we have sustained a great loss and the principles the Municipal League represents will In future miss a stalwart champion; and be It further
Resolved, That these resolutions be spread in full upon the minutes, a copy sent to his family and the public, press.

San Francisco Call, Volume 87, Number 65, 3 February 1902

DWYER — In this city, February 1, 1902, Lawrence J., beloved husband of Alice M. Dwyer, father of Lawrence J. Jr. and Marguerite Dwyer, and brother of Annie F. and Elizabeth M. Dwyer, a native of Boston, Mass., aged 43 years.The funeral will take place to-morrow (Tuesday), at 9 o'clock, from his late residence, 1320 Utah street, near Twenty-fourth, thence to St. Peter's Church, where a solemn requiem high mass will be celebrated for the repose of his soul, commencing: at 9:30 o'clock. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.

San Francisco Call, Volume 87, Number 65, 3 February 1902

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