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Chester W. Lew

By T.J. Woodward

Chester W. Lew, of Byron, died October 27, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at Unity Hospital, Rochester  NY.

A lifetime resident of Genesee County and born September 25, 1931, in South Byron, enjoyed gardening, birds, dogs, travel (50 states) and all the greats.

He was the only son of the late William and Sophie Lewandoski.  Mr. Lew is survived and loved by his wife of 50 years, Eunice Bennett Lew.

Mr. Lew was a retired journeyman electrician, who worked 27 years at Owens-Illinois in Brockport, and 14 years at Adelman’s Electric in Batavia. He was a life member of the First Presbyterian Church in Batavia, the Byron Historical Society, the West Batavia Hunt Club, the Polish Falcons’ Nest #493, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1602, the Tennessee Squire Club, the Bluebird Society, Volunteers for Animals, the GMP Union, and the YWCA. Mr. Lew was a member of the Gillam Grant Center and the Seven Springs Country Club.

He graduated from Batavia High School, attended the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Genesee Community College. Mr. Lew was in the US Army for four years during the Korean War and reached the level of Corporal. He retired from the Brockport Credit Union after 30 years as Board Member.

Surviving are an only son Eric (Janet) Saile of Batavia; daughter Sharon (Ron) Reynolds of Milan, Ohio; our two chosen daughters Laurie (Jim) Vogt of Byron and Nita Tolejko of Batavia; six grandchildren Jason Saile, Ellen Traver, Sarah Saile, Richard Ryan, Mary Ryan, Sara Brunner; three sisters Helen Sikorski and Jean Glowacki, Mary Luplow. He is preceeded in death by his four late sisters Mary McCarthy, Nellie Kearns, Fran Smith and Kay Miller.

There are no calling hours, but a memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Batavia at 1 p.m. on November 1, 2014, with a luncheon to follow.  Honorary Bearers will include Nick D’Aurizio of Batavia, Jim Vogt of Byron, Earl Roth of Elba, Frank Wojak of Rochester, George Heins of Byron, and Todd Nowak of Byron.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, PO Box 1621 Batavia, New York  14020. To leave a message of condolence please visit or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

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