Lawrence Hullin McCall was born on July 15th, 1942 in Trenton, New Jersey to (the late) Mary Hannah McCall and Belton McCall, Jr. as the third of six children. His parents, in order to provide opportunity for Lawrence and his fellow siblings, moved to Harlem shortly thereafter.
After graduating high school, Lawrence completed certification in order to become a Licensed Respiratory Therapist. From there, he worked at Woodhull Hospital for a number of years helping to provide quality care for those who were sick and in need.
Lawrence had an undying passion for community service, helping others in their time of need and being a voice for those who felt defenseless. He became a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church during the 1990s, serving as a Cub Scout pack leader, as well as serving in the Church pantry in order to help and assist those in the community who were in need of food and additional resources.
Lawrence, known amongst family as “Lonnie”, was a practical joker and prankster who loved to make others around him laugh. He truly believed that humor was the best medicine, and no matter what situation you were in, there was always something to smile and be thankful for. He would almost always be seen on the front steps of 547 Madison ... rain, snow, sleet or shine … with his personally handcrafted “ magic sticks “, sharing stories of his life for those lending an open ear.
On Wednesday, June 27th, 2018, Lawrence was called home to our Father in Heaven, and will be deeply missed. He is survived by his sister Gloria McCall; sons: Julian and Lawrence; his daughter Mary; grandsons: Raheen, Shamel and Jermaine; his niece Kimberly, nephew Anthony; and a host of other relatives, church members, neighbors and friends.