PLATTSBURGH — If someone was having a bad day, Michael Lawson would try to put a smile on the person’s face.
“He cared about everyone he came in contact to,” said the Plattsburgh High School junior’s long-time friend Jack Goldsmith.
“I can’t express enough how loving that kid was.
“It’s very sad to see that he’s gone now.”
On Thursday, June 26, Lawson and PHS senior Taoufik Maknani drowned while swimming with a small group at The Flume on the West Branch of the Ausable River in Wilmington.
Taoufik’s body was found later that day, and his funeral was held Monday in Saint-Laurent, Quebec.
Michael’s body was recovered Sunday.
Goldsmith, along with PHS junior Josh Ferris and his mother, Kristen, have compiled a slide show of nearly 80 photos of their friend, which will be shown today at his funeral.
“We’ve been best friends since second grade,” Goldsmith said.
The services will begin at 2 p.m. at North Country Alliance Church, located at 7 Northern Ave., Plattsburgh. Michael’s family will receive guests there from 1 to 2 p.m.
The son of Cristina and the late Douglas E. Lawson, Michael was born on Jan. 12, 1997, in the Dominican Republic.
Michael had a passion for athletics and played basketball, baseball and soccer at PHS.
“Every sport he did, he tried his best at,” said Goldsmith, also a junior at the school.
Michael had hoped to play football as a senior, he noted, and spent the past year training for it.
The PHS football team will dedicate its 2014-15 season to him, according to Goldsmith.
In addition, Michael enjoyed a number of other recreational activities, including snowboarding, wakeboarding and airsoft, a sport similar to paintball in which opponents shoot each other with plastic pellets.