About 150 people, including former Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) friends, family and neighbours from Stittsville, attended a military style funeral for numismatic dealer James (Jim) Lawson on March 21, 2016 at the Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa.
A frequent presence at major Canadian coin shows for decades, Mr. Lawson enjoyed a second career in numismatics . After serving as a member of the RCMP for 35 years, he retired in 1986 and with his wife, Pat, opened the Lawson Gallery, specializing in fine art and rare coins.
The Lawson Gallery was located in Stittsville, a suburb of Ottawa. In 2014, the Lawsons relocated to Newmarket, Ont., where they continued to operate the gallery from their home.
Mr. Lawson died on Jan. 16, 2016. His plot is held within the RCMP section of the cemetery. He’s survived by his wife, two daughters, Penny and Pamela, and grandchildren Erica and Owen Cameron. He was a Life Member of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association and an active member of the Ontario Numismatic Association, American Numismatic Association, and Canadian Association of Numismatic Dealers.