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Mr. Richard Elias "Dick" Lewis

Died: May 11, 2018

Richard E. Lewis passed away peacefully on Friday, May 11, 2018. Dick, as he was known to his family, friends and radio audience listeners, was born above his parents’ store, ‘The Lewis Department Store’, in Belmar, New Jersey on January 17, 1924.  He graduated from the Belmar Grammar School and Manasquan High …read more

Richard E. Lewis passed away peacefully on Friday, May 11, 2018. Dick, as he was known to his family, friends and radio audience listeners, was born above his parents’ store, ‘The Lewis Department Store’, in Belmar, New Jersey on January 17, 1924.  He graduated from the Belmar Grammar School and Manasquan High School in New Jersey. He attended The University of Virginia but left to serve his country during World War II.       He was predeceased by his first wife June Fox, his parents, Harry J. and Cecile Klopstock Lewis and his sister Doris Lewis Kurzmann.

 

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and initially underwent glider trooper training. That was terminated with the end of hostilities and he was reassigned to airfield operations in the Panama Canal Zone. Here a lifetime watchword entered his vocabulary – CAVU “clear above, visibility unlimited”.

 

After being honorably discharged Dick returned home to New Jersey, resumed his studies and graduated from Monmouth Junior College. While calling Bingo games at the Point Pleasant Boardwalk he met his first wife June with whom he had three daughters.

 

He also worked at the Asbury Park Convention Hall where he introduced the big bands performing there. He went on to work for WCAP in Asbury Park, New Jersey which later became WJLK 1310 AM and 94.3 FM.  He was an announcer hosting ‘The Alarm Clock Club’ and ‘The Most Comfortable Quarter Hour on Radio’ and later became the manager of the radio station.  Eventually he became the Community Relations Manager at the Asbury Park Press and recorded books for the Philadelphia Public Library for nationwide distribution as well as recording for RAISE, a radio reading service.

 

A ‘joiner’ and a ‘doer’ all his life, Dick was a member of many organizations.  Among them were The Boy Scouts of America, Kiwanis, The Red Cross, The Salvation Army, United Way, The American Heart Association, Toastmaster’s International, and the Monmouth Ocean Development Council. His community service was recognized by his receiving the Silver Gull Award.

 

 

While involved with The Ronald McDonald House he met his second wife, Chris. After marriage and retirement they relocated to Hendersonville, NC — their home for the last thirty years. Active and engaged, a generous member of the community up until the end, for Dick life was always “clear above, visibility unlimited.”

 

He is survived by his wife, Audrey Crystell (Chris) Lewis and his sister, Jane L. Lewis, both of Hendersonville, North Carolina. Also his daughters; Claudia Ceppaluni, spouse, Carl; Nancy Walter, spouse, John; and Stephanie Crawford, spouse, Steven and grandchildren Melissa Bobal, spouse, Michael; Stephen Ceppaluni, spouse, Brady; Clinton Crawford and June Crawford and great-grandchildren, Madeline Bobal, Lily Bobal and Cecilia Ceppaluni, all of New Jersey and numerous nieces and nephews. As well he is survived by step children from his marriage to Chris – Tom Pittman (Jonni Webb), David Pittman (Lesa Thomas), Beverly Phares (Ned) and their children and grandchildren.

 

 

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Agudas Israel Synagogue, 505 Glasgow Lane, Hendersonville. Interment will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Western North Carolina State Veterans Cemtery.

 

 

The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.

 

 

In lieu of flowers a donation to Agudas Israel, 505 Glasgow Lane, Hendersonville, NC 28739; or the charity of one’s choice is preferred.

 

 

Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018

9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
Agudas Israel Synagogue
505 Glasgow Lane, Hendersonville, N.C.


Service Information

Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018

Time: 10:30 am

Agudas Israel Synagogue
505 Glasgow Lane, Hendersonville, N.C.

 


Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018

Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery
Black Mountain, N.C.


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