Ledyard - George W. Lewis of Gales Ferry, died unexpectedly at Hartford Hospital on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. He was comforted by his wife of 37 years and his children.
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He had a zest for life and golf was the second love of his life. George and his wife, Delma, moved back to Connecticut in 2011. His family was lucky to have spent a lot of time with George as he was in Florida for 21 years.
He has 7 children, Kathy Pfannenstiel, Paula Day, Robin Guiney, Donna Lotti, George Lewis, Mark Lewis and Gregory Pineault. He also was proud of his fifteen grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
When he was younger, he was captain of his high school hockey team of New Haven, where he was born and raised. He was raised by his by his parents, James and Dorothy Lewis, along with his 4 sisters and 1 younger brother; Dorothy Bredenberg, Carol Lewis, Janet Gill and Eula Brennen. He helped his younger brother, James Lewis start the Gales Ferry Marina, where he worked, then later became a welder.
He helped to build the Goldstar Memorial Bridge, Saybrook Bridge and many more buildings. He was also a World War II veteran and very proud of it.
George and Delma moved to Florida in 1990, where they spent 21 very blissful years. George enjoyed his golf and got his wish to shoot his age many times. He was blessed with a hole in one and won many tournaments. He worked at Winndixie until the day he returned home. We were very lucky to have had him home with us for the short time he was here.
So we say safe home to a husband, father, brother, grandfather and proud great-grandfather. There will always be a place in our hearts for you.
There will be a celebration of his life on Memorial Day, at the Gales Ferry Marina, because he surely is someone who will always be missed and remembered.
By Donna Lotti, loving daughter.
Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St., New London, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Please visit www.byles.com to sign the guestbook or to share a memory.
Published in The Day on Feb. 7, 2013