Thomas Dudley Lewis, 85, of Fredericksburg, Virginia passed from this earth on Saturday, July 23, 2022 after a long illness.
Tom was a beloved husband to his wife, Jane D.N. Lewis, for 46 years. He was a good husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle. Tom was an all-around good guy! Some other words to describe him are simple man, kind man, loving man, and the original funny man. Tom was a deeply conservative man. He was passionate about his beliefs for living and politics, and much like Jane, he never missed the opportunity to vote. "Yes, one person can make a difference."
Tom was a career Firefighter in the District of Columbia. He was a Tillerman for T-4. He retired from the Department in 1980. Tom also was a successful Businessman and Investor. He enjoyed gardening and landscape design, along with meticulously maintaining his lawn. He enjoyed cooking and grilling for the family. Both he and his wife enjoyed playing bridge, ballroom dancing, fine dining, darts, and bowling. In their early years, they also enjoyed volleyball and horse shoes with family. Tom shared his wife's love for all of God’s creatures, especially dogs.
Survivors include his brother, Rev. Walter England Lewis; children Thomas Lewis, Jr., Margaret Couture (Kevin), Patty Ukele (Mike), Mary Day (Glen), Belinda Steele, Wayne Steele (Margi), Carolyn Jones, and Judith George (Tom); grandchildren Paul Couture, Bryan Couture, Eric Couture, Melissa Fernandez, Jason Ukele, Lindsay Boudreau, Chelsea Day, Donovan Day, Casey Day, Jana LaCombe, Jesse Jones, Taylor George, and Peyton George; and great-grandchildren Cole Boudreau, Julia Lacombe, and Jace Lacombe.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Davis Nydegger Lewis; son Richard James Lewis; granddaughter Danielle Antionette Day; brother James Edward Lewis; mother Elizabeth Jones Lewis; and father James Henry Lewis.
A private graveside service will be held for family.
He will be missed by his family, friends, neighbors, beloved caregivers, and the Heartland Hospice Team.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boys Home of Virginia where Tom spent his early years along with his two brothers. "A successful man has to start somewhere."