Biography: Lawrence, still lovingly known to family and friends as "Larry"--much to his chagrin in the last decade--passed away on July 10, 2019, at the age of 49 years.
Dubbed the “Drama Queen” of the family, Lawrence loved the range of excitement that life brought, whether it was the deep emotions of watching his only son, Marcus, enter this world as he fainted or the chaos of screeching at the menacing advancing spider! It all brought laughter to his world and filled our universe with his playful flavour of joie de vivre.
As the baby of the family and a lover of travel and family gatherings (and pound cake), Lawrence began travelling the world at the age of 10 as a participant in Mona Preparatory School – San Vincente de Paul College Exchange Program in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. His zest for adventure took him to the British Isles, Europe, Asia, Harlem and the Bronx with segways to Florida and Georgia to visit his parents, Icilda and Lawson. He also didn’t mind those side trips to San Francisco to figure things out with the brains of the family, his eldest sister, Andrea, who kept all his secrets or to Northampton, Oakland, Lexington, Hampton, Nashville, Baltimore, or Atlanta to be tormented by his roving artistically scholastic sister, Opal. He felt safe when he went anywhere in the world with his protective, caring, calming wingman-of-a-brother, Kirk, and looked forward to travelling to the furthest reaches of his world, Brooklyn, to sup with his big bro, Micheal. He was happy for every moment and glimpse of his sprightly brother, Carey-John, who flitted in and out as the wind blows.
Lawrence was always in pursuit of knowledge and order, a relish that compelled him to announce to his parents at the age of 13 years that he was in need of discipline and must attend military school! (like I said…dramatic). He had already done the research and presented them with his findings (like I said…order). Lawrence graduated Fishburne Military School in 1988 with the rank of Commander of Charlie Company and was the Salutatorian of his class. He went on to attend Columbia University (class of ’92) and Columbia Law School (class of ’96) in his beloved Harlem where he resided for more than two decades. Lawrence Y. Vincent, Esq., enjoyed a fulfilling career as an attorney in asset management providing legal and compliance advice and services to private equity and hedge fund asset managers of private funds and funds of funds.
Lawrence is survived by all who loved him deeply, including his son, Marcus Yorke Vincent; his partner for 12 years and Marcus’ mom, Michelle Lyn; his parents, Iclida Louise Vincent and Lawson Yorke Vincent; his siblings, Andrea D. Baker (Rhett), Richard Micheal Baker, Opal K. C. Baker, Carey-John H. Baker and Kirk A. Baker; sisters-in-law, Patricia D. Baker and Anke Stohlmann; brother-in-law, Byron A. Rhett; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends.