Harry James Lewis
Harry James Lewis
Harry James Lewis, age 81, passed away after a long battle with Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia on Monday June 25, 2018.  He was born on April 28, 1937 in Blossburg, PA to Charles and Charlotte (Meise) Lewis.  He was one of fifteen children and worked hard to help support the family.  After he graduated from high school he went on to attend Roberts Wesleyan College.  He started classes to pursue a career in ministry but changed his major to elementary education.  While studying at Roberts he met Cathryn (Crouch) Lewis, his loving wife of 60 years.  They were married on December 14, 1957.  They had 5 children.  Harry was a science teacher.  He started his career in the Honeoye School district but spent the majority of his career in the Churchville Chili School District where he taught for 35 years.  He enjoyed taking his students on field trips to Mt. Tone and Ashoken and making science come alive for them.   He was an integral part of starting the Sprucewood Nature Center in Churchville, NY which has an outdoor classroom for students to enjoy.  He also spent time as an adjunct professor at Roberts Wesleyan College later in his career.  He spent his summers painting houses, playing softball, gardening and watching the New York Yankees play ball on TV.  He enjoyed spending his free time with family in Long Island and many summer camping trips to Wells, NY.  One of the things Harry held dear to his heart were his few trips to Hawaii.  Harry was happiest when he was holding or spending time with one of his many grandchildren or great grandchildren.  He is survived by his beloved wife Cathryn; children Tim (Brenda), Brian (Jamie), Rob (Marcia), Sue (Jody) Patchen and Kim (Larry) Weingartner; 15 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; siblings; Mary Lewis (Larry) Osgood, Pauline Lewis Crum, Lester (RoseAnn), Hazel (Thomas) Harriger and Cathy Lewis (Bob) Parker.  Friends are invited to his memorial service Saturday july 21st 3pm at Grace Covenant Church 224 Chestnut Ridge Rd. Rochester 14624 Please make donations to the Lewy Body Dementia Association;
Aunt Sue and family
Sunday - Jul 1, 2018 12:00 am
What a beautiful story of a man who lived a great life. What a legacy he left for everyone and what a great role model he was. We are sorry for you all at this time, and know that he is in a beautiful place and will continue to guide you all. Much love, Aunt Sue, Josie, JoAnn, Julie and Julian.
Erica Keable (Sargent)
Monday - Jul 2, 2018 12:00 am
Uncle Rob and family, You have been on my mind. Sending lots of prayers and hugs to you all! Here if any of you need anything. Love, The Keable’s
Bob and Kathy Dehn and family of love for your dad
Monday - Jul 2, 2018 12:00 am
That was a beautiful tribute!!!! Love Harry, Papa Lewis and will miss him everyday! Every moment and memory of him and with him are forever treasures to our hearts! Love you all very much! So sorry for your loss! May Gods love and grace surround you all during this time!
Peter & Roberta Guild
Thursday - Jul 5, 2018 12:00 am
Dear Cathryn, and family, Harry taught both my sons, Dave and Dan Guild at CC. Beloved by both. When he painted our house, he took a special interest in our Dan because he was about to enter his class. He was a kind, honest, decent man, who loved kids. May God bless all of you, and thank you for sharing him with us!!! With Sympathy, Pete and Bobbi Guild
Thursday - Jul 5, 2018 12:00 am
He left a lasting impression as my.6th grade science teacher. May you all find comfort during this difficult time.
Bob Buehler
Saturday - Jul 7, 2018 12:00 am
Mr. Lewis was a great teach, coach and friend to many people. He was always fun, to be around and care about others. He will be missed.
Mark Logan
Monday - Jul 9, 2018 12:00 am
Coach Lewis was a wonderful man. He was a patient, kind, encouraging coach and teacher. He will be missed by many because he touched so many lives during formative years. Thanks Coach for all you did!
Vance Peris
Thursday - Jul 12, 2018 12:00 am
Great man. Always treated me very fairly in school and always had our (his students) best interests at heart. He will be missed.
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