Edward Lewis, of Aberdeen, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 in Pinehurst after an extended illness.
A celebration of Edward's life will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Boles Funeral Home, 35 Parker Lane in Pinehurst. A repast of Ed's favorite foods will be served. Attire should be casual.
Ed was born in New York City to the late Edward V. Lewis and Adelyn S. Lewis. He and his sister Pamela grew up in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey. Ed discovered his lifelong passion for railroads as a child and spent much of his youth exploring the train lines and railroad stations around the New York and New Jersey area. He graduated from Ridgewood High School in 1960.
While attending the American University in Washington, D.C., he met the love of his life, Cordelia Burgess. They married in Granby, Connecticut in 1963 and moved to Long Island, where Ed worked for the Long Island Railroad. This was the first of a long and fulfilling career in railroads which included the Arcade and Attica Railroad in New York; the Providence & Worcester Railroad in Rhode Island; the Strasburg Railroad in Pennsylvania; the Lamoille Valley and Twin States Railroad in Vermont and finally the Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad, where he served as president for 20 years. He retired from the A&R in 2007 and was much missed by its employees and employers for his many years of good stewardship.
Cordy, his two children, Heidi and Christopher, and the family's dogs were immensely important in Ed's life. Besides his love for family and railroads, Ed had many other interests. He collected railroad ephemera with great passion and was involved in many organizations in the pursuit of this hobby; wrote numerous books about railroads, including "The American Shortline Railway Guide;” collected antique clocks; traveled across the country to visit family, friends, and railroads; and was a member and past president of Lions Club, on the board of directors of North Carolina Rails-Trails, past president of the Railway Association of North Carolina, and the association named him Railroader of the Year in 2006. This quiet and unassuming man told wonderful jokes, had many friends, and had great success following his passion. He believed in treating people fairly and decently, doing the job well, and telling it like it is.
Ed is survived by his wife of 52 years, Cordelia; his daughter Heidi and her husband Philip Smith; his son Christopher and his wife Olga Lewis; his sister Pamela Lewis and his nephew Carl Field, his wife Grace Chang, and their daughter Mei Field. He is also survived by his beloved dog and friend, Winnie "the Pooch."
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research if they feel so moved. It was Ed's wish to help further advance the treatment and care for Parkinson's Disease, which cut his own life short.
Online condolences can be made at http://bolesfuneralhome.com.