James W. Jewitt

James W. Jewitt of Chester Springs, PAJames W. Jewitt, of Chester Springs, PA, died Saturday October 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 Corporation for 25 years, Control Data Corporation for 4 years and General Electric/ Lockheed Martin for 18 years. James received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University in 1955 and a Masters in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, 1983. James served in the Army Corp 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 life time 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 over 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 up 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 over ten years. He gave talks to various groups on the features and advantages of hybrid electric vehicles. During the past 5 years he particularly enjoyed classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offered by Widener University at their Exton Campus. He participated in a breakfast group that was an extension of one of his favorite classes. He was also a long time member of the Franklin Institute and 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 years. Relatives and Friends are invited to his Memorial Service, 11:00 am Monday, November 11, 2013 at Grove United Methodist Church 490 W. Boot Rd. West Chester, PA.19380; with a visitation beginning at 10:00am. 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 Rd. King of Prussia, PA 19406. Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. of West Chester, PA 610-696-1181; www.DellaFH.com.

Funeral Home

DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home
410 North Church Street West Chester, PA 19380
Published in Main Line Media News on Nov. 17, 2013