HAVERHILL - Theodore (Ted) H. Lewis, 99, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
He was born in Plainfield, NJ on June 22, 1921. Middle of 3 sons to parents Raymond and Mary (Hitchner) Lewis. His brothers were Raymond Lewis, Jr. of Roswell, NM and William Lewis of Easton, PA. Ted is married to Priscilla (Emery) Lewis and has two daughters Nancy J. Lewis of Seabrook, NH and Renee Smaha of Portland, ME.
He attended school in Plainfield, NJ then joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 as a radar man 2nd class on the USS Disdain and the USS Guadalupe earning the Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon and the American Theater Ribbon.
His work career began at Western Electric in Kearney, NJ, where he rose from bench hand to supervisor. After many years in New Jersey, Ted was transferred as a supervisor to the Merrimack Valley Works Plant in No. Andover, where he spent the rest of his work career, retiring in 1986 after 46 loyal years with the company.
At 68 and looking for some fun yet low impact exercise, Ted took up roller skating. He loved the music and enjoyed socializing with all the other skaters. It turned into competition ballroom roller dance and at the age of 90 he skated in a World Class Competition in Ft. Wayne, IN, and did very well. He teamed with his wife, Priscilla, and for 27 years they took classes and learned to skate as a team, competing in many competitions around the area.
When Ted was 9 years old, he took an interest in aviation and Charles Lindberg became his hero. He set up a workshop and learned to build model airplanes. As he advanced in building, he taught himself how to fly the models, eventually flying them in competitions. He joined the SAM 7 Model Club out of CT as a life member and enjoyed this lifelong hobby until his passing.
Ted was very athletic and enjoyed golfing, sailing and most of all, he was a great dancer. His many and varied interests have given him a full and enjoyable life. Ted will always be remembered as a fun, kind and loving man, a great husband and a great friend to all who knew him. He will be sadly missed.
Graveside services with U.S. Navy Honors will be held on Friday morning, December 4, in the Bridge Street Cemetery, Bridge Street, West Newbury at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ted’s memory may be made to SAM 7, Society of Antique Modelers, c/o Vallomer, 14 Checkpoint Lane, W. Haven, CT 06516. For guestbook, visit www.driscollcares.com
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