FLY CREEK VALLEY – Max Emory Lewis, 68, who originally came to Cooperstown in 1986 to install the Clark Gym’s bowling alley and never left, passed away at his home Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, with his son and longtime friend at his side.
Max was born on Jan. 29, 1952, at his childhood home in East Hopewell Township, Pa. Max was one of five children of Geraldine Elizabeth McWilliams and Richard Millard Lewis. He graduated with the Class of 1970 from Kennard-Dale High School in Fawn Grove, Pa.
A foreman for Brunswick Bowling and Billiards Mac when installing the Alfred Corning Clark Gymnasium and union carpenter most of his life, Max installed bowling equipment and travelled often for his work. He and his son, Anthony, started A&M Bowling in 2000 – a venture they ran until 2007.
Max was also a retired member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America, Local 2287, Resilient Floor Coverers.
In his leisure time, Max enjoyed his collection of old tractors, and had a special place in his heart for the John Deere A, originally owned by his father.
He also enjoyed his 1938 Ford stake body truck and 1948 Whizzer.
Max is survived by his son, Anthony Lewis, and wife Jennifer, of Mount Vision; his daughter, Melissa Koren and husband, Frank (JR), of Laurens; and four grandchildren, Brock and Kayla Lewis and Cadence and Gavin Koren, as well as his longtime friend Debbie Barton.
He is further survived by two sisters and brothers-in-law, Nina and Jay Poe of Carlisle, Pa., and Wendy and Kurt Good of Atglen, Pa., and a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Jean Lewis of Virginia Beach, Va., and their families.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Michael Lewis.
A visitation will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Max’s honor to Helios Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Suite 1, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funral Home in Cooperstown.