Nathan H. Hewes, the only child of Frances Wing Hewes and Clifton Francis Hewes, died peacefully in the wee hours of the morning of August 6, 2020 at the age of 90. He was able to stay in the comfort of his own home under the care of his family with the wonderful support of Bayada Hospice services.
Nate was the widower of Phyllis Weld Hewes who passed away in January 2019. Nate and Phyllis were soulmates who fell in love in grade school in the one-room school houses of Cornish, NH. Both graduated from Stevens High School in Claremont NH, class of 1949 and married in November 1949. They embarked on a 69-year journey of love, adventure, hard work, opportunity and good fortune.
Nate served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict; he was deeply patriotic and instilled these values in his children. He lived life fully, always demonstrating a great love for his country and respect for the flag. After returning from Korea, Nate worked at Joy Mfg. as a powerhouse engineer for 33 years, taking early retirement when Joy moved to the mid-west, and then working in construction with his close friend, Tom Perron.
Nate is survived by four children: Rhonda Amadon and husband, Frank Amadon of Cornish Flat, NH; Beth Hewes and David Dumas of Goshen, NH.; David Hewes and Ashley Gideos of Walpole, NH and Douglas Hewes of Concord, NH. He has seven grandchildren: Erin Amadon and husband Robert Hogg of Troy, ME; Courtney Amadon and husband, Chris Singer of Nottingham, NH; Nicole Goewey and fiancé, Dorothy Frederick of Wilbraham, MA; Danielle Manning and husband Jamie Manning of Milford, NH; Joseph Goewey and wife, Meredith Goewey of Berlin, NH; Tyler Hewes of South Cornish, NH and Emily Hewes, of Kingston, NH.
Nate is survived by five great-grandchildren: Noah Spaulding, Gabe Spaulding, Madison Manning, Nathan Gilbert and Ellie Hewes.
Special friends and former neighbors, Tom and Kelley Perron, also survive, as well as, sisters-in-law Beverly Owen of Dunellen, Florida and Deborah Smith of Bloomington, Illinois, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family would like to thank the Bayada organization for wonderful support over the last two years as we have cared for our two parents through their last journey in life. We would especially like to thank Kate, Mike, Gail, Gerry and Cindy for sharing their special gifts and knowledge with us and with our folks.
Nate enjoyed the outdoors: bird hunting in Pittsburg, NH where he owned a camp on Back Lake; hiking into remote fishing holes and snowmobiling the miles of trails around northern NH, or simply driving on Rt 3 and going on “moose patrol”, camping; or boating and fishing on the Indian River near his winter home in Florida.
As you read in many obituaries, over anything else, Nate loved his family. Simply put, he was a great Dad. He gave the gift of his time and involvement, his gratitude and his words of love.Nate and Phyllis lived on Mountain View Lake in Sunapee, NH for 45 years. Nate could often be seen having his morning coffee by the big picture window early in the morning watching the antics of the otters and hummingbirds and the occasional moose or deer visitors. He spent countless hours on the dock baiting the hook of a child’s fish pole as the generations learned the pastime of fishing. Nate would be honored by donations to the youth programs of the NH Fish and Game Department to further outdoor education and to support specific youth instruction. Checks can be sent to: Connect Kids to Wildlife, NH Fish and Game, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301.
A graveside service with military honors will be held on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 11 AM at the Highland Cemetery in Lyme, NH. At this time, Nate and Phyl will be laid to rest, together again.
The Stringer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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