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Norman W. Lewis Obituary
Norman W. Lewis of West Chester Norman W. Lewis, 73, of West Chester, died Sunday Nov. 10, 2013 at his home. Norm was the son of the late Harvey and Carrie (Miller) Lewis. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He was a lifelong resident of West Chester. He was preceded in death by his wife, Suzanne; daughter, Katherine Marie; and son-in-law, Richard Gross. Norm was married to the love of his life, the late Suzanne M. Lewis, for 46 years, and the two of them raised a wonderful family, including Shirley Gross, Dana Kane, wife of William Kane, Norm Lewis and Christine Francis. He is also survived by his six grandchildren, Phillip, Holly, Courtney, Kevin, Jessica and Rachel; and his sisters, Ruth Springer and Diane Johnson. One of 10 children - brothers, Harvey, Fred, Wayne, Clyde and Gordon Lewis, Sr., and sisters, Shirley Lewis and Bette Johnson, were predeceased. For many years, he owned and operated his own tool business with Mac Tools, where he rose to the position of district manager. Norm made many friends during his career, and was a reliable resource for many businesses in the Philadelphia Tri-State area. He was a very energetic, hard-working man who was always on the move. There was always something to do and somewhere to go. In addition to his full-time job, he formed his own truck bed-liner and accessories business, which increased his work week to 60-65 hours per week. After his retirement from Mac Tools, he worked in various positions for the County of Chester. During his years working for the county, Norm made many special friends who treated him so well and were there for him during his brave battle with his illness. Norm truly enjoyed spending time with all of his children and six grandchildren. While raising their family, Norm and Sue introduced the kids to the joys of camping and boating. His children will always remember the camping trips to the Jersey Shore, the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, Gettysburg, Orlando, and many other places in between! Norm loved all things mechanical, and let's just say, he had more than a little love for NASCAR. As a young man, he also participated in regional dirt track racing with friends from West Chester. He also loved classic cars. He would never miss a chance to drive his brother, Gordie's '57 Chevy, or his sister-in-law, Dottie's classic car in various car shows and parades. Norm was a member of the Grove United Methodist Church and an active member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge # 853 of West Chester, where he served as a board member and was their Past-Exalted Ruler. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 at the Grove United Methodist Church, 490 West Boot Road West Chester. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 with an Elks Service at 7 p.m. at the DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc., 410 North Church St. West Chester, 610-696-1181 www.DellaFH.com. Interment will be in the St. Agnes Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Bringing Hope Home - an organization founded by the former husband of a very close friend, who lost her battle to cancer. Bringing Hope Home is an organization dedicated to providing emotional and financial support to local families who are battling cancer in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Donations can be mailed to 940 West Valley Road, Suite 1602, Wayne, PA 19087, or by using the Donations link at www.bringinghopehome.org in memory of Norman W. Lewis.
Published in The Daily Local on Nov. 14, 2013
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