He was born on Nov. 27, 1927, in New London, son of the late Sullivan and Mabel (Lewis) Rainey and stepson of the late Henrietta (Bowers) Rainey.
He married Cora M. (Wordell) Swanson Rainey on Jan. 19, 1979, who survives him.
Lewis is also survived by his six children, Robert L. Swanson, Bruce K. Swanson and his wife, Dawn, Brenda J. Tompkins and her husband, Roy, Beverly M. Swanson, Bonnie L. Douton and her husband, Scott, and Brian J. Swanson and his wife, Julieann. He has five grandchildren, Jennifer (Tompkins) Cleary and her husband, Mark, Stephanie Tompkins, Lizabeth Douton, Jessica Douton, and Brian John Swanson. He was also the very proud great-grandpa of Alexander P. Cleary. His sister, Jeannette Bass Baruffa and brother-in-law, Angelo, and niece, Sue, and nephews, John and Edward Bass, also survive him, as well as many grandnieces and nephews.
He retired from the Town of Waterford Public Works in January 1994, after 32 years of loyal service, where he made many lifelong friends. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London. A funeral home service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 26. Interment w:l11 follow in Jordan Cemetery, Waterford.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Waterford Ambulance Service, 89 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford CT 06385 or the American Heart Association, 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robblnsville NJ 08691-0020.