Conway Alton Lewis
October 29, 1924 – June
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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