WELLSVILLE – Calvin A. Lewis, 78, passed away on Thursday (December 2, 2021) at Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Lewis was born in Waterville, Maine on August 30, 1943 to Calvin Arthur and Susan Annie (Ellis) Lewis, Sr. He received his GED at the same time as his mother-in-law; for which they were both proud. On December 7, 1984, in Ocala, Fla., he married Janice Marie Ordiway, who survives.
Calvin was part of the original team members at Walmart in Hornell where he worked in maintenance for 13 years until his retirement in 2015. He also worked in maintenance for Marion Community Hospital in Ocala, Fla. for many years. Together with his wife, they owned and operated C & J Ceramics, beginning operations in Ocala, Fla. before moving their business to Andover.
Along with his wife of 37 years, Cal is survived by two daughters, Lori (Keith) Hanson of Sabattus, Maine and Amanda Sue (Ron Mundt) Ordiway of Wellsville; two sons, Ricky Lewis of Sabattus, Maine and Joseph Arthur (Cobrah Shattuck) Lewis, Sr. of Wellsville; one sister, Angie Jipson of Auburn, Maine; one brother, Philip (Rita) Lewis of Sabattus, Maine; and one brother-in-law, Roger Sanders.
Additionally, he is survived by nine grandchildren, Ari Hanson, Amber (Chase Gaghich) Haxton, Hailey (Walker) Miller, William Haxton, Ethan James Lewis, Alexandria Lewis, Susan Lewis, Lilli Lewis and Joseph Arthur Lewis, Jr.; four great grandchildren, Kinsley Allington, Ryker Allington, Braxton Miller and Brody Miller; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by three sisters, Izzy Sanders, Lila Lewis and Lou Shank; and one brother, Melvin Lewis.
Cal loved all aspects of the ceramics business. Together with his wife Janice, they made quite a team. He usually loaded the kiln and fired the greenware, Janice did most of the painting and together, they traveled the sales circuit to all the retailers of their product. Cal really enjoyed flea markets. He started his collection of coffee cups from the flea markets. On birthdays, vacations, Christmas and grandparent’s day there was always an addition to his collection, which currently numbers about 1000 cups.
Every year, Cal headed up the parade to Stony Brook where the whole family gathered for the annual picnic. They would walk the trails and play at the playground and just take in the splendor of the day. This was the most memorable day of the year for Cal and the entire family.
Per his wishes, there will be no prior visitation or funeral service. A Celebration of Life will be held in his memory next summer at a date to be determined. Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Wellsville/Scio. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com. © 2021 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.