John J. Lewis, 80

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John “Jack” J. Lewis, 80, a lifelong Red Hook resident, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY.

For more than 18 years, Jack was the Principal at the Mill Road Elementary School in the Red Hook Central School District, previously he taught 6th grade in Red Hook for 8 years.

Born on July 31st, 1931, in his beloved Barrytown, NY, he was the son of the late Edward H. and Irene (Maxim) Lewis. Jack graduated from Red Hook Schools where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. He continued to be a fixture at Red Hook Raider sporting events, particularly Raiders basketball. He also enjoyed skiing and tennis.

He earned his bachelors degree in teaching from Cortland State College and received his Masters from SUNY New Paltz.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1951- 1953.

A lifelong communicant of St. Christopher’s Church, Jack was active in many of their organizations. Jack had a passion for helping those who are less fortunate and he was a founding member of the “Christ Tree”, which was later known as St. Vincent dePaul Society, of St. Christopher’s and was a member of its Holy Name Society.

Jack was also well known as a local historian. He wrote and published his memoirs of his days growing up in Barrytown, called “Via Barrytown”.

Jack took great pride in his landscaping, woodworking, and refinishing furniture.
He was very active in his community. He was one of the founding members of the Red Hook Rec Park and the summer tennis program at Bard College. He was proud to be named the Red Hook Rotary “Citizen of the Year” in 2007.

John “Jack” married Joan Warren on February 15, 1958 in St. Christopher’s Church, Red Hook and she survives at home.

In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by two daughters; Pam Lewis of Franklin, TN, and Cheryl Robaczynski and her husband Stephen of Stratford, CT, a granddaughter; Sara Robaczynski , a brother and sister in law; Thomas and Norma Lewis of Germantown, NY, five sisters; Kay Kirkland of Leesville, LA, Irene Riley of Rhinebeck, NY, Joyce Cole and her husband Dick of Red Hook, Jean Horkan of Red Hook, and Barbara Lewis of Rhinebeck, a two brothers’ in law and sisters’ in law; John and Sheila Warren of Newburgh, NY, and Tom and Margaret Warren of Orangeburg, NY, along with several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers; Edward “Bud” Lewis, and William Lewis, and two sisters; Shirley Lewis Kocher, and Dorothy Lewis.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00 AM on
Monday, January 16th, 2012 at St. Christopher’s Church, Red Hook. Father Patrick Buckley will officiate. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Barrytown.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes on Sunday from 4 to 7 pm.

Memorial donations may be made in John “Jack’s memory to the Red Hook Raider Booster Club, PO Box 469, Red Hook, NY 12571.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY.

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