George K. Lewis Sr., Ph.D.

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Andover - George K. Lewis Sr., Ph.D., 74, died suddenly and unexpectedly on the morning of Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

A resident of Andover for 34 years, George was born in Queens, N.Y., on June 28, 1944, to the late Stanley and Helen (Swiderski) Lewis. He was a graduate of Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in New York City, City College of New York, where he received his BS in Mechanical Engineering, MIT, where he received his MS in Electrical Engineering, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. George was the owner and founder of Transducer Engineering, Inc., in Andover, and a founding and consulting member of ZetrOZ Systems, LLC, a company he started with his son George K. Lewis Jr. He developed and owned many patents for life-saving medical devices, including devices that helped save the lives of the late Pope John Paul, and President Ronald Reagan.

George was more than a brilliant innovator; he was a humble family man and fervent Democratic party supporter. His passions were his work, his children, grandchildren, and his family. He was known for his love of Christmas-from lights to trains to music to decorations, and his love for Bermuda with his family, where as recently as last summer, he snorkeled with his grandchildren, and scootered around the island with his wife's arms wrapped around his waist. His daughter says her dad could fix anything except a broken heart, and he often tried to fix those too.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Diane (Krajewski) Lewis of Andover; his three children George K. Lewis Jr., and his wife Sabrina of Trumbull, Conn.; and his daughters, Jennifer Lewis Hershman and her husband Richard of Arlington, Va., and Jillian Lewis and her husband John Rawls of Dale, Texas. He is also loved and missed by his grandchildren, Aurora, Reid and Rose Hershman, Catherine Remy Lewis and George Kenneth Jack Lewis, and Evelyn Rawls. He is also survived by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Lawrence Sanford of Palm Bay, Fla., and niece Kimberly Sanford Dooley; as well as several other nieces and nephews; and loving Samoyed dogs, which he owned and bred for many years.

A funeral Mass will be offered on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at 10 a.m. at St. Augustine Church, 43 Essex Street in Andover. All are welcome to attend. Burial will follow in Spring Grove Cemetery, 124 Abbot Street, also in Andover. There are no calling hours. To offer online condolences please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.
Published on February 4, 2019
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