Lewis W. "Luke" Rainey
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home - New London
12 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT
Waterford - Lewis "Luke" W. Rainey passed away on Feb. 21, 2007, at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.

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.

Published by The Day on Feb. 24, 2007.
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To Luke's Family:

I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Luke. Although I work for the Town of Waterford, I didn't get to know Luke by working with him. I knew him from coming into the Tax Office to pay his taxes. He always had a beautiful smile on his face(unlike most of our customers!) and was always so pleasant.

I know my coworker Darleen and I will miss his monthly visits.

Mary (Kent) Thompson
Mary Thompson
February 24, 2007
I consider myself to have been a very fortunate little girl. I already had a Grandpa Bob but when I was only two, I gained my Papa Luke. I never looked at him like he was a Step-Grandfather. He was Papa and no one else had one - that made him very special and me very lucky. My earliest memories of Papa are sweet. Every Christmas he made sure that I had the newest Hess Truck toy that would come out. Everytime I pass the Hess station, he still makes me smile. Alot of people say "he'd give you the shirt off his back". In the case of Papa - he literally would. I have never known someone so giving who never asked for anything back in return. All he ever wanted to do was help. I remember the endless times I would hear him say to everyone, "What can I get you?" "You just say the word Boss and it's done." I would go over to say hello to him and before I could get there he'd stand up and say "Would you like my chair?" Papa was truly a great man. I am not a little girl anymore - I am a Mom, but I still have my Papa. I am grateful that I was able to give my five-month old son a Great-Papa Luke. Every little one should be so lucky to have one.
I love you Papa. You will be greatly missed - but never forgotten.
Jennifer Cleary
February 24, 2007
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