Lewis Whitcomb(1922-2012)

STAMFORD, Vt. - Lewis Matthews Whitcomb, 90 of 827A Main Road, Stamford, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at his home.
He was born in Amherst, Mass., on Sept. 28, 1922, son of Berton and Alice (Matthews) Whitcomb. He graduated from Amherst High School in 1940.
Mr. Whitcomb was a veteran of World War II and served in the U.S. Army fighting in the Rhineland and Central Europe. He received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge and was honorably discharged on Dec. 1, 1945. Following the war, Lewis completed his bachelor of science degree at UMass Amherst in 1949, and later received his master of science degree from UMass.
Lewis began his teaching career in the Adams, Mass., school system in 1951. He taught at Drury High School for several years until he returned to Adams. He taught science in Adams, retiring from Hoosac Valley High School in 1984 after 34 years of service.
He was a communicant of St. John Bosco Church, and a member of the VFW Post #996 and American Legion Post #125 in North Adams. He enjoyed photography.
Survivors include his wife, the former Lorane M. Moir, whom he married on Aug. 19, 1950, in St. Francis of Assisi Church; two sons, David A. Whitcomb and his wife, Donna, of Stamford, and J. Michael Whitcomb and his wife, Lynda, of Derwood, Md.; two daughters, Judith A. Whitcomb and her wife, Cheryl Sponburgh, of Amherst, and Mary Jane Whitcomb of Bernardston, Mass.
He also leaves one brother, Harlan Whitcomb of Belchertown, Mass., and nieces and nephews. A son, John Whitcomb, died in infancy, and two sisters and six brothers predeceased him, including Effie Hayes, Reita Hatt, and George, Arthur, Edward, Leonard, Royce and Harold Whitcomb.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Lewis Whitcomb will be celebrated on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 11 a.m. at St. John Bosco Church in Stamford. Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery. There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Stamford Volunteer Fire Department or the Berkshire Humane Society in care of Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals Central Chapel, 74 Marshall St., North Adams, MA 01247. To send flowers, a gift basket, card or message, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.

Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 24, 2012