Family man enjoyed karate, running, volunteering on town committees

Published in the June 1, 2016 edition

LYNNFIELD — Lewis “Lew” Earl Budd, 60, of Lynnfield, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 22, 2016 following a long illness.

Born in Revere, the son of the late Irving Budd, he is survived by his wife, Stephanie, daughters Alexa and Sarah, son Marc, mother Bernice, brother Jeffrey and his wife Sheryl, several nieces and nephews, and many, many friends.

Lew grew up in the Shirley Avenue neighborhood of Revere where he loved the beach – a love he continued with family vacations to the Cape and many trips to Revere Beach to eat pizza at Bianchi’s or to grab a cup of clam chowder at Kelly’s.

He was a 2nd degree black belt in karate and enjoyed running the trails at Breakheart Reservation and hiking in the White Mountains – a passion he passed on to his son.

He graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. He worked for many years at Schneider Electric where he achieved great professional success and was well respected by his colleagues.

He was very active and well known in the community.  Lew was a long-time volunteer for various town improvement committees in Lynnfield. He enjoyed coaching his children, Sarah and Marc, in soccer for many years.

Lew was a family man first and foremost and his greatest joy was spending time with his family.  Stephanie, his wife of 32 years, was his anchor and they shared a great love and respect for one another.  His pride in his children was immeasurable – he cherished every minute of guiding them and watching them grow into the wonderful adults they are today.

He loved sports. Some of the best memories he had was time spent with family and friends gathered around the big screen TV watching all the Boston sports teams, especially the Patriots and the Red Sox.

Lew had an unwavering positive outlook on life and a smile that greeted everyone. His family, friends and co-workers enjoyed his company and felt privileged to call him husband, father, son, brother, friend or coworker.  He was a true “gentleman.”

While we are saddened by his passing and a door has closed to the past, Lew would want all of his loved ones to open the door to the future, take a deep breath, step on through to start a new chapter in life, and celebrate every day to the fullest.

Family and friends are invited to the Budd home on Sunday, June 5 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. to share happy memories of Lew and to celebrate the joy he brought into their lives.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, visit