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James David "Dave" Lewis, 68, of Cumberland died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born Oct. 28, 1949, in Cumberland, Mr. Lewis was the son of Mary F. (Bartlett) Lewis of Tennessee and the late James Franklin "Red" Lewis and wife, Barbara A. Lewis.
A graduate of Allegany High School, Class of 1967, Dave was a U.S. Air Force veteran having served in Vietnam and retired as chief of police at the Thomas B. Finan Center. After retirement, he was a bailiff at District Court. For many years, Dave was a CPR and First Aid instructor. He was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Parish where he was very active in teaching adult religious education classes, Sunday school, and was a Eucharistic Minister. Dave's faith was very important to him. He was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 172 and the American Legion, Baltimore. Dave loved to read and listen to classical music.
Dave is survived by his wife of 36 years, Terry L. Lewis; his daughter, Jessica D. Lewis-Grimm and husband, Jason; his son, J. Derik Lewis and significant other, Brianna Persons; and his grandson, Aiden C. Grimm.
Friends will be received at Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur St. (www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com), on Thursday, March 1, 2018, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday, March 2, 2018, at 11 a.m.
Military honors will be accorded at the funeral home by VVA Chapter 172 Color Guard.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Dave's name to Schwab Family Cancer Center, 12500 Willowbrook Road, Cumberland, MD 21502, Attention: Julie Hardy.
The family gives specials thanks to the Schwab Family Cancer Center staff for being a second family to Dave during his illness, to Royann Matthews and Chelsea Matthews for all the care and dignity they gave to Dave, and to the Western Maryland Hospital System Home Hospice Unit for all the care and compassion given.
"A little bit of faith with a lot of prayer."
Published on February 26, 2018
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