Lewis J. Pennell

NORFOLK — Lewis J. Pennell, 58, of Norfolk passed away with loved ones by his side on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Lew took nothing in life for granted, and will be remembered most for his kindness, dedication and generosity of spirit. 

Born June 27, 1960, in Philadelphia, Pa., Lew was the second of four sons of Lewis W. and Barbara L. Pennell. Lew was a graduate of the Center for Vocational Arts in Norwalk and spent the early part of his career working as a mechanic in the sheet metal industry. 

In 2003, he began work at Mountainside Treatment Center in Falls Village where he was a transportation coordinator for 10 years. Lew helped usher hundreds of people toward recovery from addiction, both literally and figuratively: he was the first person to greet those looking to make a new life for themselves and he offered compassion and empathy by sharing his own journey. Lew was a friend to many in the recovery community, and his 16-year sobriety served as an inspiration to those around him.  

In 2004, he met the love of his life, Colleen Reardon, whose companionship was one of his greatest joys in the last fifteen years of his life. Lew loved the outdoors and was a keen fisherman. He spent many summer days at Twin Lakes in Salisbury enjoying the company of friends and family on his boat. 

In addition to his parents and loving partner, Colleen, Lew is survived by his stepdaughters, Abigail and Emily, as well as three brothers and sisters-in-law: Lee and Marsha of Enfield, Conn.; Kevin and Joyce of Norwalk, Conn; and Glenn and Tammy of Port St. Lucie, Fla. He also leaves behind many cousins, four nieces, two nephews, four grand-nieces, and three grand-nephews. Among the many longtime friends grieving Lew’s loss are Bill and Vanessa Millard, with whom Lew shared many joyful memories.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. at Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home, 118 Main St., North Canaan, CT 06018. Following the service, friends and family celebrated Lew’s life at The Bitterman Center in North Canaan.