TOPSHAM — Lawson H. Trufant, Sr., 72, lovingly known as “Pappy,” died Thursday, Dec. 9, with his family at his side, after a brief battle with mesothelioma.

Born in Topsham, Dec. 17, 1937, he was the eldest of three sons of Avery D. Trufant and Christine M. Hill.

After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned and married his childhood sweetheart, Janet M. Johnson, on June 28, 1958.

They had two sons and a daughter together, whom he all adored, and was thrilled to eventually welcome two daughters-in-law, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

A unique man with a large personality, he had many loves in his life, but first was his wife and family.

As a lifelong truck driver, he loved trucks of all sizes, motorcycles, four wheelers, and coffee shop talk.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Janet; his children, Lawson H. Trufant, Jr., and his wife, Charlotte of Brunswick, Erland A. Trufant and his wife, Lori of Bowdoinham, and Heidi M. Trufant of Caanon; his grandchildren, Sarah Hickman and her husband, Christopher, Nicole Smith and her husband, Marc, Justin Trufant, Adam Trufant and his wife, Christina, and Shelby Trufant; great-grandchildren, Trinity, Leah, Blake, DeSean and his special buddy, Sophia; his brothers, Lloyd Trufant and his companion Jackie Smith of Topsham, and John Trufant and his wife, Elaine of Richmond; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 12 p.m. on his birthday, Friday, Dec. 17, at Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick, with a gathering to immediately follow at the Topsham Grange Hall on Pleasant Street, Topsham.

A memorial fund has been established to help the Trufant family with the cost of his medical bills at MidCoast Federal Credit Union, 210 Maine St., Brunswick, ME.

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