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MANCHESTER -- Lewie Dean, 60, a resident of Manchester, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

He was born in Bennington on June 3, 1945, the son of Lyman and Joyce (Tarbell) Dean.

Lewie attended school in Dorset and graduated from Burr and Burton Seminary in 1963.

He learned to ski at the age of 5 and began working in the ski business at the age of 14.

Lewie enlisted in the Marine Corps in August 1963, and served in Vietnam from 1965 to 1966 where he received an honorable discharge in 1967, attaining the rank of corporal E-4.

He received his B.A. from Lyndon State College in 1972 with a degree in history with a minor in political science.

From 1967 to 1975 he moved up the ranks at Burke Mountain becoming the director of the ski school and finishing as the recreation manager overseeing the entire operation of the mountain. While at Burke, he copyrighted the carved turning manual for ski instruction. Lewie spent his summers as a commercial swordfisherman with his ski buddies in Martha’s Vineyard.

He moved into sales in 1976 for Fisher of America and exploded their sales throughout New England

In 1980 he became the company Ambassador of Edsbyn during the Lake Placid Winter Olympics, entertaining hundreds of shop owners from around the world, including the King and Queen of Sweden. He also sat rink side for the “Miracle on Ice” when the U.S. hockey team beat the Russians to advance to the gold medal round.

In 1982 he moved west and became the director of the Winter Park Competition Center in Colorado overseeing their ski school, racing schools and the handicapped ski school.

He returned home to Bromley in 1983 and taught at Bromley Mountain while assisting in creating a global marketing campaign for Overdrive.

In 1985 he started D.K.S.A., a company that helped hundreds of children to learn to ski. He also became the head ski coach of Burr and Burton Seminary. He continued to coach football, alpine skiing, and coach the Burr and Burton baseball team to their first-ever state championship.

In 1989 he created the Stretch-Out-Strap, which is still used by college and NBA coaches across country.

He was the program director for the Bromley Outing Club from 2000 to 2005 and increased the program to include freestyle, free skiing, and adaptive skiing.

His writing has been published in several ski magazines.

Lewie was a life member of the Harned-Fowler VFW Post 6471 and a member of Federation of Eagles 2551. First and foremost Lewie loved working with children. He coached thousands of kids in dozens of sports, but really he was teaching them about life. Whether he was patting them on the back in praise or correcting them with that ruthless loving glare, they knew they had a friend.

He is survived by his wife, Sally; his four children, Peter, Molly, Jonathan and Shannon; his mother, Joyce; his brothers, Lyman, Jerry and Walter; his sisters, Beverly, Wilma and Connie; and hundreds and thousands of friends who will miss him dearly.

A public service will be held at Burr and Burton Academy at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 2, 2005. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, c/o Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885, Manchester Center, VT 05255. For directions or to send e-mail condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 31, 2005
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