James W. Jewitt of Chester Springs died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at his home, after a two-year battle with liver cancer.|
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Carol Ann Wienefeld Jewitt.
Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Wilfred W. Jewitt and the late Emma Hassel Jewitt.
He was employed by the Philco-Ford Corp. for 25 years, Control Data Corp. for four years and General Electric/Lockheed Martin for 18 years.
James received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering at Drexel University in 1955 and a master's degree in industrial engineering with a minor in electrical engineering at Pennsylvania State University in 1983.
James served in the Army Corps of Engineers during peacetime and was honorably discharged in 1964.
He belonged to the Valley Forge Presbyterian Church for many years. Later he was a member of Great Valley Presbyterian Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church. Most recently he joined Grove United Methodist Church. He participated in many church actives including teaching Sunday school, and enjoyed all classes that were offered in regard to the study of the Bible. He served on many of the boards of the churches over his lifetime and served as an elder at Valley Forge Presbyterian Church.
In his youth, James was a Life Scout and an acolyte at the Holy Sacrament Episcopal Church on West Chester Pike.
He belonged to the Franklin Institute and the Rittenhouse Astronomical Society for more than 40 years and had a lifelong interest in astronomy.
James was Mr. Fix-it to his family and helped with many home projects, sharing his electrical and craftsman expertise with his children and grandchildren. He also fixed old cars.
In 2012 he wrote and printed his autobiography for his family.
He served on several committees and was a board member while residing at Traditions at Longwood in Kennett Square.
He was a member of the Lions Club. He was also a master Mason, entering in 1953.
Jim was a big advocate of hybrid electric vehicles. He drove a Toyota Prius for more than 10 years. He gave talks to various groups on the features and advantages of hybrid electric vehicles.
During the past five years he particularly enjoyed classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offered by Widener University at its Exton Campus. He participated in a breakfast group that was an extension of one of his favorite classes.
He was also a longtime member of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children, Donna Maureen Jewitt Mayer, Thomas Wienefeld Jewitt and Melissa Gwynne Jewitt Grewal; and nine grandchildren, Katy Tetreault, Ben Mayer, Bridget Mayer, Kimberly Jewitt, Brenna Jewitt, James Thomas Jewitt, Kirsten Grewal, Gregory Grewal and Major Grewal; as well as a brother, Donald G. Jewitt.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 19 years, Janet Elizabeth Hendrixson; and daughters, Deborah Ann Jewitt, who died as an infant, and Tamara Lee Jewitt, who died at the age of 14.
Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, at Grove United Methodist Church, 490 W. Boot Road, West Chester, PA 19380, with a visitation beginning at 10 a.m.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Grove United Methodist Church at the address above; and/or Valley Forge Presbyterian Church, 191 Town Center Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406.
Arrangements are being handled by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home Inc. of West Chester, 610-696-1181, www.DellaFH.com.
Published in Daily Local News on Nov. 4, 2013