BELWARD Lewis E. Belward, age 88, of Newtown and Huntington, passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2010. Born in New Canaan, he was the son of the late Percy and Alice (Buttery) Belward. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years Janet (Johnson) Belward and his son-in-law Gary Norden. As a young man, Lewis was a volunteer with the Silvermine Fire Department. After he married Janet, they raised their family in Norwalk where he served on the Board of Directors for the YMCA and the Planning and Zoning Commission. A quality control inspector for the Barnes Engineering Company, he retired in 1985. He and his wife lived many years in Rowayton where he started the Lighthouse Lamp Repair business. Lewis was devoted to his family and one of his greatest joys was watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren grow. Throughout his life he was also a strong advocate for the rights of people with physical disabilities. He is survived by two daughters, Sandra Norden of Middlebury and Maylah Uhlinger and her husband Daniel of Manchester; two sons, William Belward and his wife Deborah of Newtown and Peter Belward and his wife Wendy of Derby. He leaves 12 cherished grandchildren: Kelly McWhinnie and her husband Sean, Jennifer and Tate Norden, Abigail and Matthew West, Megan Uhlinger, Shaun Belward and his wife Jennifer, Keith Belward and his wife Colleen, Tiffany Belward and fiancï¿½ Michael Lorusso, Adam Belward, Ian Belward and fiancï¿½ Jill Lumis and Glenna Belward; six much loved great-grandchildren: Ryan and Katherine McWhinnie, Lily West, Kyliegh, Taylor and Colin Belward; two brothers Ralph Belward and his wife Virginia of Florida and Harold Belward of Clinton; sister-in-law, Caryl Belward; and nephew, Hal of Florida; and devoted friend and caregiver, Aurimas. A memorial service will be held at the Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Avenue, Norwalk on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 11 a.m. with burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery. His family will receive friends on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Memorial Contributions may be made to: The Newtown Ambulance Service, 77 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470.
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Published in Connecticut Post on Feb. 25, 2010