Trish Lawless – in memory

From Bridgid Sullivan — 10/25/2004

It’s with tremendous sadness that I share the news with the WGBH family that longtime ’GBHer Trish Lawless died yesterday, October 24. Trish had battled cancer this past year with her trademark tenacity, and with remarkable faith and courage.

I doubt there’s anyone at WGBH whose circle has been untouched by cancer. Still, the ferocity of Trish’s illness comes as a shock to us all.

“Vibrant,” “energetic,” “bubbling with life” — these are words that come to mind for all whose path Trish crossed. Dedication is another. Trish joined WGBH’s Production Services team in 1986. Five years later she moved to The Caption Center, becoming what her colleagues call “an anchor” of our Media Access Group. Presenting Trish with a WGBH Service Award in 2002, WGBH President Henry Becton noted that Trish had overseen so many different, important projects that it was “hard to choose individual trees from the forest of her accomplishments.”

Trish’s family has let us know that the wake/visiting hours will be held Thursday, October 28 from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm at Dockray Funeral Home, 455 Washington Street in Canton.

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday the 29th at 11am at St. John’s Church, 700 Washington Street in Canton.

A gathering here at WGBH is being planned, at which all of us who admired and appreciated Trish can be together to express our profound loss.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Trish’s family by way of Tom Apone or her other Media Access Group colleagues.

Trish’s family has asked that any kind contributions in her memory be directed either to Boston Catholic Television (PO Box 9109, 55 Chapel Street, Newtonville, MA 02460), an organization led for many years by Trish’s late father, or to WGBH.

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