LEWIS, DONALD J. Donald J. Lewis, retired West Haven Fire Commissioner, entered into rest July 9, 2013. He was the husband of the late Marcy Grande Lewis. Born in West Haven January 27, 1927, he was a son of the late John Donald and Hazel Hummel Lewis. Don is survived by his children Debra Nicoletti and her husband Len, Gary Lewis and his wife Louise all of West Haven. Proud grandfather of Kristen Teshoney and husband Andy, Raquel Lewis, Sharra Nicoletti Cox and her husband Josh, Cristal Yacko and great grandfather of Jenna and Drew Teshoney, Mason Saccu and Chelsea Cox. Mr. Lewis led a long and active career in fire service. He became a member of the West Haven Fire Dept. in 1975 and was a 33 year commissioner member. He served in all capacities on the commission-treasurer, chair and finally secretary. He was named Commissioner Emeritus in 2008. In 1981, Don established the paramedic service and was responsible for numerous apparatus purchases and innovative fire safety equipment. He completed the upgrades to both the North End and Elm Street Fire Stations in West Haven. He established the public safety education program, hazardous waste unit and the I-95 water supply. In 1976, Don served as the chairman of the New Haven County Fire Commissioners. He also served as an honorary Deputy Sheriff, New Haven County; City of West Haven Third district councilman; Member representative Town Meeting (RTM) and as chair of the City of West Haven Planning and Zoning Commission. Throughout his lifetime, Don was bestowed many honors due to his countless hours and years of dedicated volunteer service, which include 1994 Jimmy Fund award recipient, 2009 dedication of the West Haven Fire Dept. rescue vehicle and induction into the CT. State Firefighters Association Hall of Fame in April of 2012. Don retired from the West Haven Board of Education where he was the head of transportation. During World War II, he served in the Navy aboard the USS St. Paul. The hours of visitation will take place FRIDAY from 4 to 8 pm at the West Haven Funeral Home at the green. His procession will leave the funeral home SATURDAY morning at 8:30. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Victory Church at 9 o'clock. Burial, with military honors, will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Haven Firemen's Benevolent Association, P.O. Box 182, West Haven, CT 06516. To leave an online remembrance, please visit www.westhavenfuneral.com.
Published in The New Haven Register on July 11, 2013