George Edward Lewis

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George Edward Lewis died Tuesday, July 17, at the age of 85, after a courageous struggle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born and lived most of his adult life in Monmouth County, N.J., but spent much of his youth with his father's family in Accomack County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. He always considered himself a Southerner at heart and returned to retire to Williamsburg in 1998.

He had a long and accomplished career in aviation, in both his early years as a flight and aviation acrobatics instructor and seaplane pilot, and later as an airline captain with Pan American World Airways during the golden years of aviation. Two of the career highlights of which he was most proud were his participation in the Christmas Eve airlift of Cuban prisoners after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion and being one of the pilots who accompanied President Lyndon Johnson on his presidential tour of southeast Asia.

He served in the Navy during World War II as an aviation radioman in the Pacific theater and was a lifelong member of the Order of Freemasons, belonging to the Williamsburg Lodge and the Khedive Shriners. His other affiliations included the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society, American Legion, Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Lafayette Gun Club. Among his many interests were history, collecting antiques, steam cars, sailing, beekeeping, shooting, and reading.

He was a member of Williamsburg United Methodist Church.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Carol; his only child, Claudia Lewis Ross and her husband, Dr. Glenn Ross; and grandchildren, Emma, Samuel, and Harry, all of Williamsburg.

Charming and intelligent, with a wry sense of humor and a wonderful storyteller, he was the best and most honorable of men and an exceptionally loving and affectionate husband, father, and grandfather. His loss will be forever felt by all those who loved him.

The family will receive friends on Friday, July 20 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd, Williamsburg. A service will be held Saturday, July 21 at 11:00 AM at Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185; interment with military honors will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park, 12750 Warwick Blvd, Newport News.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Children's Hospital, the Salvation Army, or Williamsburg United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com.