Con­way Al­ton Lewis

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

Oc­to­ber 29, 1924 – June

26, 2018

Cap­tain Con­way Al­ton Lewis —one of the last of the “Great­est Gen­er­a­tion”— passed away peace­fully in Stu­art, Flor­ida, on June 26th,

2018, sur­rounded by fam­ily.

He grew up dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion. Even while at­tend­ing school, he worked hard to help sup­port his fam­ily. He joined the Marines at the age of 17 and fought in the Pa­cific theater dur­ing WWII, sur­viv­ing deadly bat­tles on Tarawa and Saipan where he took three bul­lets at once in an am­bush for which he was awarded a Pur­ple Heart. Dur­ing the Ko­rean War, he served in the Army, train­ing young men in Of­fi­cer Can­di­date School. A Re­nais­sance man, Con­way was an artist, writer, and avid reader who ded­i­cated twenty three years to teach­ing his­tory and art, and coach­ing ten­nis at South Broward High School.

Con­way is sur­vived by chil­dren Tom Fin­ger, Mary Camp­bell Gart­ner, Richard (Trip) Camp­bell, and Ann (Camp­bell) Bus­ta­mante. Also known as “Un­cle Bill” sur­vived by his neph­ews Paul, Kevin, and Stephen Bail, and niece, Kit Bail. Four grand­chil­dren and three great­grand­chil­dren knew him as “Poppy”.

Con­way was best known for be­ing a de­voted hus­band to Betsy Lewis, of Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, with whom he trav­eled the world, shar­ing many great ad­ven­tures for over 47 years. In an­tic­i­pa­tion of join­ing her once again, he wrote these words af­ter her pass­ing in 2014: “Betsy, soon we will be go­ing on our last, great­est, long­est jour­ney to­gether far away into the pur­ple mist of eter­nity.”

His last words: “Love to all.”

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