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John Leroy Lewis, 74, of South Dartmouth, Mass., passed away June 2, 2017.
He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William John Lewis, the husband of the late Janice B. Lewis and father of the late David E. Lewis.
He was born in New Castle, Pa., and lived in Milford, Conn., and Vestal, N.Y., until moving to Dartmouth in 1977. He was a member of the Congregational Church of South Dartmouth and active in the local Civil War Club.
Mr. Lewis was a graduate of New Wilmington, Pa., High School in 1961, Florida State University with a degree in business and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth with his MBA in 1981. He was employed by the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth from 1977 until his retirement in 2000.
Survivors include his companion, Nancy Jordan; his daughters, Marnie M. Leighton of Amherst, N.H., and Raegan S. Zerilli of Apollo Beach, Fla.; their spouses, Jon P. Leighton and Anthony J. Zerilli; grandchildren, Rily and Evan Koch, Kyle and Cohen Leighton, and Aria and Antonia Zerilli; a sister, Ann Lewis of Largo, Fla.; and his extended Boyer family in Pennsylvania.
His funeral service was held on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Congregational Church of South Dartmouth, 17 Middle St., S. Dartmouth. Burial private. Contributions in his honor may be made to the David E. Lewis Memorial Scholarship Fund, 555 Bakerville Road, Dartmouth, Mass. 02748. For online tributes and registration, visit www.waring-sullivan.com.
Published on June 9, 2017
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