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Richard Spurr Lovis


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Richard Spurr Lovis

S. Yarmouth, MA - Richard Spurr Lovis, 87, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2018 with his family by his side. He was the husband of H. Jeanette Lovis.

Born in Portland, ME in 1930, Mr. Lovis was brought up in Winchester, MA and attended Winchester public schools. He graduated from Norwich University, Northfield, VT in 1952 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Regular Army. During his time in the military, he served at Fort Rucker, AL, in Korea with the 3rd Infantry Division, and at Fort Huachuca, AZ. In September 1955, he joined New Jersey Bell Telephone Company as a student manager in the Operator Services Department and over the next 33 years held numerous field and staff positions in New Jersey and Washington, DC. After retiring from Bell Atlantic in 1988 as a District Manager—Operator Services, he and his wife moved to Orleans on Cape Cod.

Mr. Lovis spent most of his adult years in New Jersey and lived in Caldwell and North Caldwell, where his two children were raised, Cedar Grove, Verona, and Ridgewood. He was active in both community and church affairs. Between 1961 and 1966, he was a member and President of the West Essex Jaycees and was designated "Outstanding Chapter President" for the Essex area. He was first elected to the North Caldwell Board of Education in 1968. He served for two terms and was both President and Vice President of the Board. He was also Chairman of the North Caldwell Skating Pond Committee and Secretary of the Cedar Grove Lions. Mr. Lovis served as a member of the Vestry at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Verona, NJ and was both the Junior and Senior Warden.

On Cape Cod, he was Treasurer of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Orleans for eight years, and was a member of the Diocesan Clergy Compensation Committee from 1992 to 1999.

Perhaps his most gratifying personal achievement was through his association with the Sandwich Glass Museum. He was a 20 year member of the Board of Trustees and President of the Board during the major renovation and expansion of the Museum facilities. During his term as President, over $2.3 million was raised for the expansion of the Museum. In 2002, as the great-grandson of Henry Francis Spurr, the last Superintendent and General Manager of the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company, Mr. Lovis ceremoniously "Relit the Fires in Sandwich" that his great-grandfather had ordered extinguished in 1888.

An avid boater, he was a member of the U.S. Power Squadrons and served as Executive Officer of the North River Power Squadron in New York. On Cape Cod, he was a member of Chatham Flotilla 1101 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He conducted on-water safety patrols, and was well known for his spirited telling of the history of Chatham Light during public tours of the lighthouse. He was deeply concerned with preserving the resources of Pleasant Bay, and from 2002-2008 was an active member of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Pleasant Bay.

"Dick" Lovis was a familiar figure on the waters of Pleasant Bay in his beloved 18 foot catboat, "Mistress", which he sailed out of Arey's Pond for more than 20 years. In 2012, he was awarded the annual Alan McClennen Sr. award "for the boat owner that best represents the values and traditions of sailing Pleasant Bay".

Besides his wife of 31 years, he leaves a daughter Sandra Jane Lovis of Port Chester, NY; a son Peter Spurr Lovis of Townsend, MA; and one granddaughter Sophia Taylor Lovis. He also leaves two stepchildren, Lisa LeMoult Mason of Hamilton, MA and Christopher Michael LeMoult of Belmar, NJ; and five stepgrandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 3rd at 3:00 PM at St. Mary's Church, 3055 Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630. Interment will be private at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Donations in Dick's name may be given to the Sandwich Glass Museum, PO Box 103, Sandwich, MA 02563, or to the Friends of Pleasant Bay, PO Box 1243, Harwich, MA 02645.

For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com
Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 28, 2018
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