Russell B. Lawrence III is the fifth consecutive generation to own and operate a funeral establishment in St. Lawrence County. Lorenzo Lawrence started in 1845 as a cabinet maker and furniture builder, which evolved into an “undertaker”, before his son, Millard took over in 1890 and became an “embalmer” and “undertaker”. Then in the early 1920’s Russell B. “Biscuit” ran the business until 1945, when his son Russell B. ”Buster” Jr. took over after his father’s death.
A native of Canton, RB graduated in 1981 from Canton ATC with an AAS degree in Mortuary Science. He was the fifth generation to operate the Lawrence Funeral Home in Canton, which he did from 1982-2010.
On January 6, 2012 he opened IslandView Funeral Services.