Death Notice of Lester Lewis
|December 7, 2011
CUMBERLAND — Lester V. Lewis, 73, of Cumberland, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at home surrounded by his family.
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Lester was born on June 5, 1938, the son of the late Genevieve E. (Thrasher) and John J. Lewis. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Nina L. Conway.
Lester served with the United States Air Force, being stationed in Germany until 1961. He was a Maryland State Police Officer for 20 years. Upon his retirement with the State Police, he became the Chief of Police of the Town of Luke, a position he held for over 13 years. While a member of the Maryland State Police, he was a certified scuba diver and also held his pilot’s license. Lester was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Cresaptown Eagles, the McCoole Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Frostburg American Legion. He was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Cresaptown. Lester was an avid hunter in his earlier years, enjoyed a good card game at the Cresaptown Eagles and was a collector of model trains. He also always enjoyed working in his garden. Lester always looked forward to Sunday dinners with his family. He dearly loved his little dog, Max.
He is survived by his loving wife, Renate K. Lewis; his four daughters, Martina E. Bascelli, Patricia A. Tichnell, who lovingly and unselfishly took care of her Dad for many years, and her husband James, Angela M. Turner and husband Billy, and Kristina S. Swank and husband Scott; eight grandchildren, Tara (Bascelli) Strother and husband Jeremy, Joseph Bascelli, Jordan Tichnell, Jessica Tichnell, Jason Turner and wife Julie, Alivia Turner, Cullen Swank and Lydia Swank; and four great-grandchildren, Ava Strother, Emma Strother, Myla Turner and Colson Turner. He is also survived by his brother, John Lewis and wife Jean and his sister, Pat Yeager along with many nieces and nephews. Lester also had many special friends whom he cherished, especially Ruby Nee and the late Bing Nee, Joey and Jim Stakem, and Bill and Phyllis Dixon. Also a special thanks to Joel and Dr. Anthony Bollino for their unending care and concern through the years and to the Hospice staff at WMHS for their care and support.
Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., Cresaptown, on Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Cresaptown, on Friday at 10 a.m. with Father Steve Fernades, O.F.M., Cap. as celebrant.
Interment will be in Maryland State Veterans Cemetery, Rocky Gap, Flintstone.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Joseph Bascelli, Jordan Tichnell, Jason Turner, and Cullen Swank.