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2015 Chapter Leadership Award Recipient Richard Lewis Passes Away
The charter member of the Joseph Mewhiney/Central Massachusetts Chapter was 74.
Published: 2/3/2017 10:35:00 AM

Richard Lewis, a 2015 NFF Chapter Leadership Award recipient, passed away Feb. 3

Lewis played football, baseball and basketball in high school, graduating from St. Bernard's (Mass.) in 1960. After a year of prep school at Brewster Academy, Lewis went to the University of Massachusetts on a football scholarship. Lewis excelled as a running back in college and has the distinction of scoring the first touchdown at McGuirk Stadium when it officially opened on the UMass campus in 1965.

He went on to coach high school football for 22 years, starting at Marlboro High School before 10 years as the head coach at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, Mass. He came to Wachusett in the late 1970s and served in many capacities, including athletics director, coach and teacher, before retiring in 2004.

Lewis served on many committees for state and local football leagues, including stints as chairman of the Central Massachusetts Athletic Committee and as president of the Massachusetts Athletic Directors Association.

“Football has been a big part of my life and the benefits have been enormous to me personally,” Lewis said when he was honored by the NFF in 2015.

Lewis continued his community involvement with the National Football Foundation, serving as a charter member of the Joseph Mewhiney/Central Massachusetts Chapter. He served on the scholarship committee and emceed multiple chapter events. Lewis’ strong leadership skills earned him recognition as the recipient of the NFF Northeast Region Chapter Leadership Award in 2015.

“I have been very fortunate to be associated with the Joseph Mewhiney/Central Massachusetts Chapter. The people that are associated with the chapter are a very dedicated group of coaches and members of the community who promote the game of football,” Lewis said in 2015. “Honoring scholar-athletes as well as numerous individuals who have, in a positive manner, influenced and promoted this great game has been very satisfying.”

Lewis is survived by his wife of 49 years, Johanna, and two children.

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