Lawrence R. Thornton of Gladstone died on Saturday April 13, 2019 following a courageous battle with cancer.  He was the husband of NJSBA field service representative Gwen Thornton.

After a successful career as vice president of sales and marketing for International Paper, he dedicated his time to the students and families of The Matheny Educational and Medical Center, a school for children with complex medical conditions and developmental disabilities. He was a member of the board of trustees.

He is survived by Gwen, his wife of 41 years; by three daughters and a son; and by eight grandchildren.

A viewing will be on Tuesday April 16, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bailey Funeral Home, 176 Main St., Peapack. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 10 a.m. at St. Brigid Parish, 129 Main Street, Peapack, N.J. 07977.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Matheny Medical and Education Center, 65 Highland Ave., Far Hills, N.J. 07931.