Thomas E. Lewis

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Thomas E. Lewis, 89, of Wheatland, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, June 26, 2019, in Cleveland Clinic.
Mr. Lewis was born Aug. 26, 1929, in Wheatland, son of the late John and Beatrice (Bowen) Lewis in the same house he lived in until his death.
He was a lifelong resident of Wheatland. He attended Wheatland School and graduated from Farrell High School, where he was the state runner-up on the wrestling team.
He continued his education at Waynesburg University on a wrestling scholarship and earned his bachelor's degree in education. Tom received his master's degree in education from Westminster College, New Wilmington.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War obtaining the rank of corporal.
Tom taught for one year in Michigan and then returned to the valley for the remainder of his life. He was employed by the Hermitage School District. He began at the elementary school in Patagonia and later was the principal at the Bartman Elementary School and Delahunty Middle School.
After retirement, he worked many years for Plaza Travel.
Tom was a lifetime member of the former Wheatland United Methodist Church. He also belonged to the Wheatland American Legion, Shriners International, Kedron Lodge 389, Mercer County Shrine Club and the Mercer County Hall of Fame.
A standout athlete all of his life, Tom enjoyed playing baseball with the Westinghouse league winning a state championship, softball with the Wheatland Church League winning numerous championships and handball at the Buhl Club.
He was known by many and loved by all. He never met a stranger a day in his life and approached everyone he came across, young or old, with a handshake and a smile. No one ever left a conversation with him without thinking something special just happened to them. Tom was always ready for anything that came his way and if he wasn't prepared he just rolled with the punches. Anytime he was asked how he was doing, the response was usually "Like a ball of fire!" followed by his famous wrestling stance.
Tom chose to surround himself with family, faith, friends and love and it shone brightly through him every day. There was no kinder soul or more loving and fair man. He spent the last week of his life at the beach with the family he was so proud of along with some lifelong friends he reconnected with after so many years. He could not have been happier than he was and felt all the love everyone had for him in return.
Even though his "ball of fire" has extinguished, it shines brightly in the hearts of all who have known and loved him.
He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia Carroll, whom he married June 10, 1967; two sons, Thomas Lewis II and his wife, Misty, and Brandon Lewis and his wife, Katie, all of Shenango Township; five grandchildren, Thomas III, Caden, Phoenix, Katana and Rogen Lewis; and three step-grandchildren, Cassie, Cody and Corianne Montgomery; a step-great-granddaughter, Raelynn Jones; and a sister-in-law, Kathleen Lewis, of Akron, Ohio.
In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack (Mary) and George Lewis; and a nephew, David Lewis.
The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to the American Diabetes Association, at www.diabetes.org.

LEWIS
Thomas E., 89, of Wheatland.
Calling hours: None. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Service: Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday (7-21-19) in Sharon First United Methodist Church, 237 West Silver St., Sharon.
Arrangements by J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
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Donald Thomas
Jul 17, 2019
Tom Lewis was my life long idol. He was my example of what a teacher, coach, administrator, husband , father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, and a MAN should be.
Audrey Monteson Ordonez
Jul 11, 2019
He was the principal at Delahunty school when I was in 5th and 6th grade there. He was strict, but fair and always approachable. I remember him coming in and talking with us during lunch in the cafeteria. I respected him, not because he demanded it, but because he earned it from me and I'm sure from many others, by his kind way of treating us. I ran into him many times through the years in Wheatland and he was still so full of life, always with a smile and kind hello. He will surely be missed. My deepest sympathy and prayers for his family. Thank you, Mr. Lewis, you made a difference!
Beth Rollinson
Jul 08, 2019
I have many fond memories of Tom Lewis, especially as my principal in the Hickory Twp. school system, as it was known then. He was a wonderful person who always met me with kind & positive words and a smile, asked about me, and was interested in what I had to say. This all meant a great deal to an elementary and middle school student. With Mr. Lewis and his support, I felt that I could learn and grow to my fullest potential.
May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace.
My sincere condolences.
Lynn Shindledecker
Jul 07, 2019
What a great man..My deepest sympathy to all of the family..May GOD give you all Peace and Comfort..
Penny Ketchem
Jul 06, 2019
I met Tom and Pat through Waynesburg College many years ago and they hold a special place in my heart. Oh.....the wrestling stories he and fellow wrestlers shared and how we laughed. I treasure our memories! God Speed to Pat and their families.
Jim Straub
Jul 05, 2019
Tom was a great guy I first met in the early '70's thru the Shenango Valley Chapter of PIAA wrestling officials. Condolences and God's speed to all his family and may he rest in peace!
Gene & Toni Sheehan, (HHS Class of 63’ & 65’)
Jul 05, 2019
We both share many fond memories of Mr. Lewis. Deepest sympathies to his family. He was an unforgettable teacher!
CAROLYN BANJAK BIBBY
Jul 04, 2019
My condolences to the family. Tom Lewis was my sixth-grade teacher in Patagonia. He gave me a Nancy Drew book for having perfect attendance that year. He was a wonderful person. Everyone will miss him!
Gale Kocis
Jul 03, 2019
Pat and family I am so sorry for your loss. Tom was a funny peand all around great person.
Sue Simion
Jul 02, 2019
I really never met Tom, only through you and your love for him. My condolences and Prayers being sent your way. .