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Clinton G. Lewis

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Clinton G. Lewis 1930 - 2009 MANCHESTER CENTER Clinton G. Lewis, better known as Clint, died peacefully Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at his home on River Road, surrounded by his loving family. Clint was born in Wheaton, Ill., on July 12, 1930, the son of Frederick and Mildred Rood Lewis. A graduate of The University of Illinois, he began his career in advertising with the General Electric Company in Burnt Hills, N.Y. Upon relocating his family to Long Island, he worked for Mullard, Jordan and Herrick as an advertising executive. The family moved to Vermont in 1964, settling in Brattleboro. He soon established the The Old Jelly Mill, an abandoned jelly and cider mill in Dummerston established by John Taft, and transformed it into a truly unique retail store. The mill burned down in 1969 and they relocated to Manchester the following year and renovated the old Munson farm dairy barn into what was the Jelly Mill on Main Street. Clint operated the business until November 2005 when he had to retire for health reasons. Mr. Lewis was one of the founding members of the Long Trail School and passed away in what was the location of the first school, Hildene's North Farm House. He was on the Board of Directors and past Treasurer of The Manchester Music Festival, an organization he served with passion and enthusiasm. Clint was very generous to his community and was an avid supporter of Hildene, the Manchester Boy Scouts, the Manchester Fire Department and many other organizations and programs. He served on the Vermont Tourism Board where he strived to bring more opportunity to both the State and town. Clint will be remembered as an entrepreneur, artist and creator. His wife, the former Jean Kaye whom he married Feb. 3, 1951, in Bloomington, Ill., passed away Dec. 3, 1991. Clint leaves his sons Cary Lewis of Manchester Center, Christopher Lewis of Austin, Texas, and Curtis Lewis, currently residing in Thailand; a sister, Pat Millet of Santa Fe, N.M.; grandsons, William and John Lewis; a granddaughter, Dulcey Lewis, and great-granddaughter, Madison Lewis, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. FUNERAL NOTICE: Friends are invited to call at the BREWSTER FUNERAL HOME on Friday, July 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. when the family will be present. Private burial services will take place in Dellwood Cemetery. Should friends desire, gifts in memory of Clint may be made to the The Long Trail School in care of Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885, Manchester Ctr. VT 05255. To send personal e-mail condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner from June 25 to June 29, 2009
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