My uncle passed away on this Veterans Day. He was born and raised in Caribou, Maine and was a veteran of the Korean War. The Army told my grandmother that he had been killed on Nov. 27, 1950 but she refused to believe he was dead. He was found in a hospital in Japan on Dec. 17, 1950. His unit was overrun and he was knocked unconscious from an explosion. When he awoke he could see the enemy around him but was able to evade capture by walking three days and three nights until he reached friendly territory. Rest in Peace Uncle Lewis, you are my American Hero.
Lewis “Lew” Thibodeau, 80, of Spring Hill, Florida, passed away November 11, 2012. He was born August 21, 1932, in Caribou, Maine. Lew came to Florida in 1992 from Stratford, Connecticut. He retired from Sikorsky Aircraft, designing aircraft engines. He started as a draftsman for Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut. Lew was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He has a Purple Heart with one cluster, being wounded twice in the U.S. Army. He loved to play cribbage and singing and playing guitar and dancing. Lew was Roman Catholic by faith and a longtime, faithful member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. He was a member of the VFW 10209, Spring Hill and a member of the Honors Team.
Lew was preceded in death by his wife Theresa (Salabous) Thibodeau.
He is survived by his son Richard Thibodeau (Debie), Denver, CO; son Robert Thibodeau, Stratford, CT; seven grandchildren Amy, Michael, Brian, Jennifer, Bryan, Justin and Taelor; great-granddaughter Darcy; brother David Thibodeau (Betty), Vancouver, BC; and sister Ethel Mae Phillips, Fayetteville, NC.
In lieu for flowers, donations in Lew’s memory may be made to masses at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Spring Hill, FL.