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George Wesley Lewis

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George Wesley Lewis 1943-2008 WHITE CREEK, N.Y. George Wesley Lewis, 64, died early Wednesday morning, April 30, 2008 at his home after a long illness. Born June 2, 1943 in Hanover, N.H., son of Delwin L. and Hazel B. Linton Lewis. He attended the Upper Valley Strafford School until it burned and then finished out his elementary school at the Newton School in South Strafford. He graduated from Thetford Academy in 1961. After working at several miscellaneous jobs he returned to the family farm to work with his dad. During the early 1960's George enjoyed drag racing at the track in Milton, Vt. where he still holds a track record. In 1965 he married Jeanne Trottier of South Royalton, Vt. They had three sons. George and his family kept busy with the farm. They were involved with the Farm Bureau, Eastern Breeders and Yankee Milk. In 1972, George and his dad, Delwin were the recipient of the New England Green Pastures Award for the State of Vermont. George received the VT Farm Bureau's Young Farmer of the Year award in 1973. Delwin represented the farm at the Eastern States Expo in Springfield, Mass. Later, George appeared on the Channel 3 TV program "Across the Fence" with Tony Adams. He and his family moved to Argyle, N.Y. in 1973 to help run a large dairy farm with George's brother, Greg. In 1985 George moved to Bennington and was employed as head of production for Skyway Roofing Company. A year later in 1986 he assumed full management of the company. The company merged with VT Roofing out of Rutland in 1988 and would become one of the premier roofing companies in southern Vt., southeast N.H. and northern Mass. It built a great reputation with the help of its dedicated employees and loyal customers. Through the years the business would receive numerous awards for their quality work and outstanding sales and in 1999 received the JPS Alliance award representing one of the top 25 companies in the United States for quality and sales. George had lived in White Creek for the past several years. He married his long time companion, Brenda Peacock, of Shaftsbury, Vt. on January 12, 2008. George was active in community affairs in Bennington. He was a member of Norshaft Lions Club, Bennington Chamber of Commerce, the Annual Car Show and to any other organization that needed a helping hand. He served as cabinet secretary, treasurer of the Vermont State Lions Club and was awarded the Lion's Melvin Jones award in 1995. He had also received the D. Ed Moore Award from the Bennington Chamber of Commerce. George enjoyed his family, friends, and his work with the community. Although George spent many years away from Strafford he always kept close ties with his hometown and always kept Strafford close to his heart. Throughout his life George had a great love for baseball and was a passionate fan of the Boston Red Sox. He leaves his wife, Brenda L. Lewis, of White Creek, N.Y.; three sons, Brett Lewis of Strafford, Vt., Neal Lewis and his wife, Jennifer, of Hartford, N.Y., Todd Lewis and his companion, Beth, of Queensbury, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, Traci Smith and her husband of Springfield, Mass.; a stepson, Terry Thompson of San Roman, Calif.; six grandchildren; his mother, Hazel Lewis, of Strafford, Vt.; his paternal grandmother, Olive Lewis of Strafford, Vt.; a brother, Greg Lewis of Strafford, Vt.; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. FUNERAL NOTICE: Burial will be held at a later date in the Upper Village Cemetery in Strafford, Vt. Memorial contributions may be made to Norshaft Lions Club, White Creek Fire Department, Strafford Fire Department, P.O. Box 208, South Strafford, VT 05070, Washington County Hospice.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 6, 2008
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