Lewis F. Ethridge Jr.

Lewis F. Ethridge Jr., 79, a longtime resident of Winchester and formerly of Hinsdale, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday, May 27, 2019, at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene.

He was born the son of the late Helen (Place) and Lewis F. Ethridge Sr. on Dec. 17, 1939, in Hinsdale. He was educated locally and attended Hinsdale Schools.

On June 17, 1961, he exchanged vows with Irene A. Powers at the Federated Church in Winchester. They were married with family and friends in attendance and have been married for 57 years.

Lewis was a meat cutter by trade for 40 years and retired from Hannaford grocery store in Rindge in 2001 to enjoy his golden years with family.

He had many interests over the years. Time was spent cooking and baking pies, cakes and cookies. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years. He liked to go to yard sales. Lewis was a collector of pens and pocket knives. He was a fun-loving guy who always found humor especially with the younger members of the family.

Mr. Ethridge is survived by his wife, Irene A. Ethridge of Winchester; his children, Laura J. Prentice and her husband, Michael, of Winchester and Joanne C. Ethridge of Winchester; his sister, Helen “Joyce” Whitney and her husband, Hugh, of Marlboro, Vt. Lewis is pre-deceased by his son, Kevin F. Ethridge, who passed in 1964; and his siblings, Roswell Ethridge, Richard Ethridge, James Ethridge and Mary Louise Bonski. In addition, he leaves cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Lewis is pre-deceased by his twin grandsons, Travis Michael and Kevin Lewis Prentice, who passed in 1991.

In keeping with Lewis’ wishes there are no calling hours. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 8, at 10 a.m. in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Forest Lake Road, Winchester.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to go in memory of Lewis F. Ethridge Jr. to: Winchester Ambulance and Rescue, c/o Town Hall, 1 Richmond Road, Winchester, NH 03470 or to: Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Road, Swanzey, NH 03446.

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St., Swanzey (www.cheshirefamilyfh.com).