Charles W. Lewis, 89, was born in New Milford
Mr. Lewis was born in New Milford, on Jan. 26, 1919 to Howard B. Lewis and Edna T. Lewis. After his mother's death, he was raised by his grandmother, Ella Lewis, and attended Danbury schools. He was a lifetime member of St. James Episcopal Church.
He joined the Army in 1941 and served in the European Theatre in World War II. He was stationed in England with the 745th Tank Battalion attached to the First Army. He landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, where he was seriously wounded and was later awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He also fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Mr. Lewis owned and operated the Danbury Glass Company with his former partner, Carl Bailey, for many years. When Mr. Bailey left the business in the 1960s, Mr. Lewis continued there for a total of more than 30 years.
He was a founding member of the Danbury Rod and Reel Club, never missing a meeting for more than 25 years. He served as organizer and auctioneer of its annual family picnic.
Besides his wife, Ruth, he is survived by his children, William C. and his wife, Dorothy of Danbury, Nancy A. Stavro and her husband, Philip of Hudson, N.H.; his grandchildren, Kathleen Canosa of Bedford Hills, N.Y., Beth Lewis of Eastchester, N.Y., Stephen Lewis and his wife, Kristina of Potter Valley, Calif., Kelly Lewis of Danbury, Brian Drago of Danbury, Jason Drago of Orlando, Fla., Daniel Stavro and Meghan McFadden of Nashua, N.H., Kevin and Michael Stavro of Hudson, N.H.; and his great-grandchildren, Jack and Ava Canosa of Bedford Hills, N.Y. and Adrian Stavro of Nashua, N.H.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Howard, Stoutghton and Robert Lewis.
Arrangements were provided by Green Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 405 Main St., Danbury, CT 06810.