DUNEDIN — John Lawrence, the longest-serving city manager in Dunedin's 113-year history, died Sunday following a three-year battle with liver disease, his family said. He was 66.
Lawrence came to Dunedin in 1980 as a city planner and worked his way up to city manager — a position he then held 21 years.
He retired in 2005 and moved to Powder Springs, Ga., to be closer to family. There, relatives said, Lawrence worked for the city as a special projects coordinator and taught urban design at a local university.
Diagnosed three years ago with liver disease, Lawrence hoped to get a liver transplant. But Saturday night he went into cardiac arrest, said his son Matt Lawrence.
He died after he was taken off life support Sunday afternoon. He is survived by his wife, Jo Pamela, two sons and a granddaughter.
Instead of a funeral, relatives said they are planning a memorial service to be held in Dunedin in the spring.