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Rangeley – Howard “Howie” Lewis 85 of Rangeley passed away at his home on Thursday January 25th, 2018 from heart failure. He was born in Portland on November 18th, 1932 as the oldest of 4 children to Charles L. Lewis and Mildred E. Nickerson Lewis.
He was a graduate of Windham High School. He retired from the Portland Fire Department as Captain of Engine One at the Munjoy Hill station in 1981 at the age of 49. During this time he also worked as an oil delivery man as well an all-around handy man. After retirement Howard moved to Rangeley to become a caretaker at Haines Landing. When the landing was sold he started Lewis Caretaking and was still active in his business at the time of passing. He joined Rangeley Fire Department and was a 36 year veteran. Howard’s dedication to serving his community was second to none.
Howard was an avid hunter and brought his girls up teaching them at a very young age to hunt and fish as well as perform many other carpentry tasks. He always had his kids working by his side from shingling roofs, to mowing lawns and trimming shrubs, to driving the fire trucks and running the pumps during structure fires, to everything in between.
In his spare time Howard enjoyed interacting with the wildlife surrounding his home. He had many stories to tell of the adventures with his animals and had names for most of them, including the multiple deer that he fed faithfully twice a day during the cold winter season.
Howard was predeceased by his parents, sister Linda Soucy, and infant son Timothy Lewis. He is survived by his brother and sister, Norman Lewis of Cumberland, and Alice Morse of Freeport, as well as his four children and two step children: Terri Jean Eaton of Yarmouth, Sherri Lewis of Falmouth, Tammie Johnson of Gorham, Susan Collins of Virginia, Doreen Robinson of Gorham, Patti Libby of Windham, and his baby black kitty Snooky. He also had many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A Celebration of his life will held 11 a.m. Saturday February 3, at the First Baptist Church 346 Main Street, Yarmouth. Visitation will be held at the Church prior to the service starting at 10 a.m. Following the Celebration there will a reception dining hall of the Church.
In lieu flowers donations can be made payable to the Rangeley Firefighters Association and mailed to: Rangeley Fire Department c/o Firefighters Association 15 School St. Rangeley, ME 04970.