HANCOCK - Charles H. Lewis, 86, died September 13 at home surrounded by his wife and four children following a long illness. He was born October 2, 1928 in Newton, NJ, the son of J. Linn and Pauline (Bunker) Lewis.
Charles graduated from Newton High School, Newton, NJ, class of 1949. He attended Churchman's Business School in Easton, PA and worked at Selected Risk Insurance Company in Branchville, NJ. He succeeded his father as owner of Lewis Shoe Store in Newton and Sparta, NJ. Charles always dreamed of living in Hancock, Maine, and made that dream come true when he and his wife Betty (Snook) moved to his maternal grandparents' home in 1982. They owned and operated Ashmore Color Center in Ellsworth for many years. In retirement, he and Betty planted, tended and sold Christmas trees. Charles was a member of Rotary International in Newton and Ellsworth. He was active in the Union Congregational Church of Hancock, where he was well-known for his beautiful signs. He took care of the memorial park on Route 1 in Hancock, driving his 1932 Model A, "Bouncy" to raise and lower the flag daily. Charles loved to spend time with family and friends, take care of his home, and play in and on the water of Young's Bay.
Charles is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Betty (Snook); his daughter Mary Beth DiMarco and her husband Steve of Houlton; son Richard Lewis and wife Dianna of Hancock; daughter Peg Carlson and husband Carl of Geneva, NY; and daughter Sarah Lewis and husband Larry Ouellette of Austin, TX; and grandchildren Vanessa and Wesley Carlson and wife Jamie, Kaitlyn (Lewis) Sweeney and her husband Trever, Jordan and Paige Lewis, Marina DiMarco, and Jonah Zimet-Ouellette.
Charlie's family wishes to thank special caregivers, Brad Ewing, Jeff Springer, and Honey Jo Seekins and all the wonderful people of Hancock County Hospice.
A service of celebration and remembrance will be held at 2:00 on Saturday, September 19 at the Union Congregational Church, UCC on Rte 1 in Hancock.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Charles' memory to the "Organ Fund" of the Union Congregational Church, UCC, Hancock, Maine, 04640 or First Presbyterian Church, 54 High St., Newton, NJ, 07860.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St. Ellsworth
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com