James “Butch” Leighton Lewis, Sr.


James “Butch” Leighton Lewis, Sr., 79, passed away on March 5, 2023, at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, NH following a brief illness.

Butch was born September 28, 1943 to Rodney and Ruth (Manley) Lewis in Lebanon, NH.  He graduated from Woodstock Union High School in 1962.  After graduation he joined the Navy, serving for four years on the USS Glennon DD-840.  On March 25, 1966, he married Karen Bradley, to whom he was married for 57 years before her death.

Butch began working as a plumber, working his way up to master.  For many years he worked at Ottauquechee Plumbing and Heating in Woodstock, and in the process, met many people in the area.  During his working career, he also served as a Deputy Game Warden, EMT, and Ski Patrol at Suicide Six.

In high school, Butch played on the football team and continued to enjoy many sports and activities throughout his life, such as hunting, fishing, boating, bowling, snowmobiling, and skiing.  He was an avid golfer and played league golf for many years.  He and Karen enjoyed traveling to new golf courses and attending PGA and LPGA golf tournaments.

Butch is survived by his mother-in-law, Norma Bradley, his son, James Lewis, Jr., and his daughter, Kristine Lewis Urban; his grandchildren Kassidi, Samantha, Savannah, James, William, Ryan, and Keighley; his great-grandchildren, Addison and Lily.

He was pre-deceased by his wife Karen, his brother Bob, and his parents, Rodney and Ruth.

A memorial gathering will be held at the Thompson Senior Center in Woodstock, VT on Saturday, March 18th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion, 59 Central Street, Woodstock, VT 05091.

Arrangements are being made by the Cabot Funeral Home.  An online guestbook can be found at cabotfh.com