Lawrence Lee, 54, real estate agent in Marlton

Lawrence Lee
Lawrence Lee
Posted: February 15, 2014

Lawrence Lee, 54, of Gloucester Township, who retired as a real estate agent in Marlton in 2002, died of kidney failure Tuesday, Feb. 11, at home.

A 1977 graduate of Central High School in Philadelphia, Mr. Lee earned a bachelor's degree in political science at Temple University in 1981 while working in restaurants to pay for his education.

"He had worked in the restaurant business from when he was a small child," always, as the saying goes, "at the front of the house," his son, Lawrence Jr., said.

After college, Mr. Lee continued his career at several dining establishments in South Jersey, rising to become a restaurant manager at the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City in the 1970s.

He later entered a career in real estate closer to home.

Mr. Lee was the only one of 11 brothers and sisters who was born in the United States. His father, a banker in Canton, fled China with his family after the communist revolution.

"He did his college education, but could not afford to do anything but work in restaurants, long hours," at more than one place at the same time, his son said. For much of that career, he was a bartender. "He was absolutely the definition of selfless."

Mr. Lee was "a very smart guy" who passed on the love of learning to his family. His son, who earned his doctorate in physics at Yale University, is a researcher in collider particle physics in Switzerland.

Mr. Lee underwent a kidney transplant in 1997, and he had been living with dialysis treatments since 2009, his son said.

In addition to his son, Mr. Lee is survived by his wife, Elaine; daughter Christina; and nine brothers and sisters.

A viewing was set for 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Funeral Manor, 1585 Hider Lane, Gloucester Township, before a 10:30 a.m. funeral there, with interment in Locustwood Cemetery, Cherry Hill.

Condolences may be offered at www.thefuneralmanor.com.


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