James M. Lewis, 84, of New Fairfield, CT and Englewood, FL, passed peacefully on March 6, 2017, surrounded by his loving family
Mr. Lewis was born on October 14, 1932 in Flushing, Queens, and grew up in Great Neck and Long Eddy, NY; son of the late James and Catherine (Wolk) Lewis.
He served as a Corporal in the 64th Military Police Platoon First Army Honor Guard at Fort Jay on Governor's Island, NYC during the Korean Conflict.
He graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Indiana Institute of Technology and began his career at Mack Truck as a Testing and Development Engineer.
Jim was an employee of the United Parcel Service (UPS) for 26 years where he was an Automotive Engineer. In this role, he was involved in all aspects of design, testing, maintenance and operation of UPS's fleet of 90,000+ vehicles and the direct responsibility for the engineering and purchasing of 9,000 tractor trailers. As federal regulations changed, Mr. Lewis became the UPS automotive liaison and expert to interface with government agencies, engineering societies, manufacturers and industry groups on issues affecting the transportation industry.
Mr. Lewis' notable career highlights included: being a leading national expert on air brake systems; his role in growing the UPS automotive tractor fleet from its infancy to become a leader in the transportation industry; his work as an advisor to the DOT, the EPA, the DOE, the NHTSA and the NTSB on issues related to brakes, noise, fuel economy and safety; his research in exploring alternative fuel sources which led to development of the stratified charge engine; and his work as an author and presenter of technical research related to the transportation industry.
After retiring early at the age 55, Mr. Lewis formed the JML Corporation, where he was a consultant with expertise in all aspects of engineering and truck safety. He also served as president and chief engineer of the Stratified Charge Engine Company.
Jim was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Trucking Association Technical Advisory Group (Past Chairman), the Housatonic Valley and Lemon Bay Antique Automotive Clubs of America, and the Rolls Royce Owners Club.
His hobbies included spending time with family, fishing, boating, reading, traveling, real estate investments, and collecting and restoring antique and classic cars, including a 1916 Buick Touring Car gifted to him by former UPS Chairman, George D. Smith.
Jim and MaryAnn Lewis raised their family in Middletown, NJ and New Fairfield, CT, before retiring to Englewood, FL.
Mr. Lewis is survived by his wife of 56 years, MaryAnn (Boesenberg) Lewis and their seven children: Terry and Dave Showalter, Jay and Chris Lewis, Patty Terry, Mike and Becky Lewis, John and Adele Lewis, Betsy Lewis and Doug Lockhart and Katie and Nick Mayer. He is also survived by his eighteen grandchildren: Allie, Michael, Jake, Tabatha, Trevor, Becca, Brian, Sara, Anna, Kevin, Joe, James, Patrick, Ryan, Connor, Erin, Vanessa and Alyssa.
Memorial contributions can be made to Regional Hospice and Homecare https://www.regionalhospicect.org/