Richard M. Lewis

  • Born: October 2, 1928
  • Died: November 11, 2015
  • Location: Haverhill, Massachusetts

Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home

116 Main Street
Route 121A
Plaistow, NH 03865
Tel. (603) 382-2233

Tribute & Message From The Family

Richard M. Lewis passed away peacefully on November 11, 2015, surrounded by his loving family at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, MA. He was born in Derry, N.H on October 2, 1928, and was raised on a farm and attended grammar school in Derry. He graduated from Manchester West High School in 1946. Upon graduation, he immediately enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as a Petty Officer and aviation radio operator for 5 years during the Second World War and the Korean War.

Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1951, he was hired by Western Electric. While working days, he attended Northeastern University at night and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Management in 1956. He was employed as a Department Head and was on a task force for a supervisory development program. He represented the manufacturing division in the transfer of the Hawthorne, Chicago plant to the North Andover location. He retired from Western Electric in 1987 having worked there for thirty-six years.

In 1952 Richard met the love of his life, Joan David while dancing at the Hampton Beach Casino, something they would enjoy doing for decades to come. They were engaged in 1954 and married in 1956. Together they raised their three boys at their home on Rosedale Ave in Haverhill. When the boys entered scouting, he became chairman of Cub Pack 13 for the Haverhill Council of Scouting, a position he held for ten years.

Richard was a long time parishioner of St. James Church. He was a jack of all trades and filled his time with numerous hobbies. He enjoyed painting and was a member of the Haverhill Arts Association. He was an avid golfer and at various times was a member of the Merrimack Valley Golf Course, Methuen, Far Corner, Bradford, and Deer Track Golf Course, Myrtle Beach. He loved winemaking, stained glass making, and wood working. Above all else, was his passion for gardening. He maintained an extensive garden of fruits, vegetables, flowers and Christmas trees, all of which he happily shared with family, friends, and neighbors, and unhappily with the woodchucks. He was always up for a card game at any time. He enjoyed many summers with his family and friends fishing, sailing, playing softball and pitching horseshoes at Manning Lake in Gilmanton, NH. He wintered for twenty-seven years in Myrtle Beach, playing golf with family and friends. He and Joan loved to travel through Europe, Canada and New Zealand.

He leaves his loving wife of fifty-nine years Joan (David) Lewis; his three sons; Michael Lewis, of Hampton, NH, Larry Lewis and his wife, Heather of Haverhill, MA, and David Lewis and his wife, Julie of Hampton, NH; five grandchildren, Elizabeth Pietrantuono, Michael D. Lewis, Jacqueline Lewis, Hayley Lewis, and Michael R. Lewis II; a sister, Roberta Robie of Derry, NH and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Mr. Lewis's Life Celebration on Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main Street, Plaistow, NH. His funeral will begin on Monday at 9 a.m. from the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. James Church, Winter Street, Haverhill. Burial with military honors will follow in St. James Cemetery, Haverhill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01830. To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit our website,


Condolence & Memory Journal


I am very sorry to hear about your wonderful father passing away, but it appears he has had a wonderful life with your Mother and two brothers. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers- during this difficult time. Warm Regards,

Becky Cherouny

Posted by Becky - round hill, VA - colleague   November 17, 2015

Our prayers go out to you Aunt Joanie, Larry & Heather, David & Julie, Michael and all your children. Our thoughts will be with you in the days ahead and good memories of Thanksgivings we had with all of you growing up. Uncle Dick was always kind (as all of you are too). We will miss him. Hugs & Love from Lynne (Robie) & Karl Szulczewski in MI

Posted by Lynne & Karl Szulczewski - Livonia, MI - Niece   November 16, 2015


Dick was a great guy. I sure enjoyed being with he and Joan during the months of going to North Shore playhouse. Remember the good times afterward at the restaurant. What a smile he had! Thank you Joan and Dick. With happy memories and, Phyllis D.

Posted by Phyllis - Methuen, MA - Friend   November 15, 2015

Dave and Julie - our deepest sympathies and please know that you and your family our in our thoughts and prayers. Anne & Dave Murray

Posted by Anne & Dave Murray - Hampton, NH - friend   November 15, 2015

much love to you all at this sad time, peace,

Posted by peggy spokus - vineyard haven, mv, MA - cousin   November 15, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We are sorry for your loss.
With Love
Bea and Larry

Posted by Bea Spokus - NH   November 15, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We wish you comfort and peace as you reflect upon your husband's and dad's long life, well lived.

Posted by John, Jim and the entire Kennedy Family - MA, CA, TN - Friends   November 15, 2015

Joanie - so saddened by the news of Dick's passing - he was a special person as are you - my thought and prayers are with you and your family - love, et

Posted by Elaine Troutman - The Villages, FL - Friend   November 14, 2015

Joanie and Family Sending our Love and Prayers. Pat & Pete Bonforte

Posted by Peter Bonforte - Bronx, NY - No   November 14, 2015

Joan and family- My deepest sympathy. Dick was a good friend and neighbor.

Posted by Gerri Minihan - Haverhill, MA - friend   November 14, 2015

Joan and family - so sorry to hear about Dick's passing. Sending you hugs and prayers.

Posted by Jay and Phyllis Hurley - Little River, SC - Friends   November 14, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Posted by Johnny Cantrell    November 13, 2015

Dave and Julie, What a beautiful tribute to a man who lived such a full life and wonderful life. May your memories live in your heart forever. Our condolences to you and your family, xoxo

Posted by Diana & Eric Madore - Amesbury, MA - Friend   November 13, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers are with you for peace and comfort during this difficult time. We didn't have the opportunity to meet Mr Lewis, but from what we have read he was a gentlemen and lived a great life.

Posted by Dale & Christy Cooper - Eclectic, AL - Co-Worker of Dave   November 13, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of grief, please know that your son's friends and coworkers at HPE are thinking of you all. In these tough days remember Psalm 23.

Prayers & blessings,
Rick & Denise Norton

Posted by Rick Norton - McLean, VA - Friend of your son Dave   November 13, 2015

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