KEESEVILLE — Robert L. Lewis, 86, of Keeseville, N.Y., died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Meadowbrook Healthcare in Plattsburgh with his daughter by his side. ^
He was born in New York City on April 23, 1927, the son of the late Richard V. Lewis Jr. and Gertrude (Latham) Lewis.^ Bob graduated from Hackley School in Tarrytown, N.Y. in 1945. He studied as a seaman at the United States Maritime School in N.Y. during the summer of 1945, and attended Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. for the Fall of 1945 and Spring of 1946 semesters. In Oct. 1946, he joined the U.S. Army and served in the 57th Military Police Company in Inchon, Korea, until his honorable discharge in March, 1948. In May, 1948, he met the love of his life, Helen Wood Lewis, on a blind date and they eloped on Friday, Aug. 13, 1948. They were happily married for over 64 years until her death on Nov. 8, 2012.
Bob returned to Williams College in the fall of 1948, and graduated in the spring of 1951. After graduation, he went to work for the family business Lewis and Conger in New York City until it was sold. He then worked for The Nestle Corp in White Plains, N.Y., and was Group Product Manager of Nescafe and Decaf when he gave it all up in the fall of 1967, moving to Keeseville and building his dream home on Augur Lake. He began a new career teaching 7th grade Math at Plattsburgh Middle School, retiring in 1985. Never one to sit idly by, Bob went to work for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural postal carrier, first in Peru and later in Willsboro, until retiring (again) in 1994. He also served for many years as a Fire Commissioner for the Keeseville Fire District, and volunteered in many capacities at the Keeseville United Methodist Church.
Bob is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Allyne Lewis Chartier and her husband Maurice Chartier of Keeseville; his grandson, Kenneth Joyal and his fianc^e Janice Landry and great-grandson Dexter Joyal, all of Malone, N.Y; and his brother, Jackson E. Lewis of Southport, N.C. In addition to his parents and his wife; he was predeceased by his sister, Anne Lewis Corbin; and brother Richard V. Lewis III.