Lewis Jay Ryder

October 12, 1973February 21, 2018

CANAAN – Lewis J. Ryder, 44, passed away unexpectedly at his home on February 21, 2018. He was born in Waterville on October 12, 1973 the son of Annetta (Reynolds) White and Llewellyn Ryder. Lewis was raised in Belfast and received his diploma from Mt. View High School. He was a jack of all trades, including driving truck, fishing, carpentry, painting, gardening, and anything else he put his mind to. He lived in Freedom while raising his children. For the last 14 years he lived in Canaan where he shared his home with Carroll and Jake.

Lewis will be remembered as a genuine and kind man. He had an endless ability to leave his mark on the people he chose to connect with. He was passionate about the outdoors and all of the beauty that the world offered. He was a protector to all of those that he cared for. Lewis was a man of many talents, when he started anything he wanted it to be perfect, he created beautiful works of art that will always be treasured by his family, and will be remember for his green thumb. When he chose to share his story, he became an inspiration to those that listened.

Lewis is survived by his parents; partner, Carroll Delbaugh and her son Jake Reynolds; sister, Billie-Jo Dunbar; children, Jenna, Lewis, Elaine and Christopher; dear cousin, Sherri Genest and her husband Todd; Uncle Alec; Aunt Deedee; and a large extended family that includes nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren and friends.

Visiting hours will be held from 2-6pm, Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan. A graveside service will be held in the spring.

For information regarding memorial donations, friends are asked to contact Sherri Genest.


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Carroll Delbaugh

February 26, 2018

Lewis - I am not sure I will ever know how to say good-bye to you. I feel honored to have been a partner to you all these years. You always said I saved you; in honesty - I would say the opposite, you saved me. You taught me how to "live" again, how to truly love. You saw beauty in the world and in the people you were close to. You were a positive role model for my son Jake and always treated him as if he were your son. I can never thank you enough for all you have done and all you have given me over these years. You were truly a selfless person - funny, smart and brave. You were unique in every positive way. A part of my soul has left with you. I will love you always.

Frank Joseph

February 26, 2018

Lots of my first memories are with you. Head start graduation, spending the night at your house, the comfort of your friendship. You were a good artist, I recall your wood work and other creations. We hung out in our early 20s also, both at work and at your apartment on Bayview St. We had a good night at Bruno's also, talked about old times. Last time I saw you was at Reny's a few years back. You had a great smile bro, you will always be a part of me. RIP old buddy.

JoAnna Clukey

February 25, 2018

Sorry for your loss to all. Love and prayers are with you all.

Nita Littlefield

February 25, 2018

R.i.p young man gonna to soon.

rose hayden

February 25, 2018

dear carol sorry for your loss

February 25, 2018

Love you Lewis , your just as much a nephew to us and may you RIP We Loveyou

February 25, 2018

Janice Hooper

February 25, 2018

So sorry for your loss sissy and billy jo !prayers for you all Nancy york

France Crowley

February 25, 2018

Carroll and Jake
So sorry to hear about your loss. You have your share of heartache in the last year. My thoughts are with you at this time.

February 25, 2018

We remember you as a little boy growing up. Hard to believe you are gone. God bless Love Tom & Elaine