June 30, 2019
Resided in: Candler, NC
Lewis “Lew” John Massi, 88, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2019.
A lifelong resident of Westchester County before moving to Candler, NC in 2015, Lew Massi grew up in Eastchester, NY. He graduated from Eastchester High School in 1948 and was drafted into the Army in 1951. He married Barbara Sherlock of Scarsdale in 1951, three months before being sent to Korea where he served as a Sergeant with the 40th Division, earning four bronze stars. After an honorable discharge, he attended Columbia University, studying engineering.
He and his wife moved to Armonk in 1961 where they raised two children, Susan and Steven.
Before retiring, Mr. Massi was employed by AMF Atomics where he was a Design Group Leader for their rocket program. Later he was Chief Draftsman and Designer for Peabody Engineering, Chief Engineering Administrator with the Air Correction Division of U.O.P. and Manager of Design Drafting and Engineering Services at Universal Voltronics. After leaving the corporate world, he ran his own business overseeing school and business projects and architectural drawings.
Mr. Massi was an exempt member of the Armonk Independent Fire Company where he served as President and Line Officer. Since 1963, he was an active member of the North Castle American Legion and the Armonk Lions Club. He was a Charter Member of the North Castle Historical Society and worked on a number of history projects and local events including North Castle’s American Bicentennial Committee in 1976, the town’s 250th Anniversary.
Barbara (Sherlock) Massi, 89, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019.
Descended from Gov. John Winthrop of Massachusetts, Barbara was the daughter of Edmund C. and Margaret Sherlock of Woodstock, NY. An Armonk resident for most of her life, Barbara was the wife of now deceased Lewis “Lew” J. Massi and the mother of Susan and Steven.
After graduating from Eastchester (NY), Barbara attend Centenary J. College, leaving there to become a vocalist with a big band. She and Lew married in 1951.
Her primary occupation was as an estate manager for several estates, but she also participated in numerous community organizations including the Girl Scouts, Ladies Auxiliary of the Armonk Fire Co, the American Legion Auxiliary and the North Castle Historical Society.
Barbara served on many historical committees including Armonk’s Bicentennial Committee, Millennium Committee and the Mt. Pleasant Historical Society. While on those committees, she wrote several historical papers as well as video and slide shows. Significantly, Barbara worked on recording all the 2000 gravestones in North Castle’s old burial grounds and writing a book on its genealogy.
Mr. and Mrs. Massi are survived by their daughter Susan and partner, Elaine, son Steven and his wife, Karla, two grandchildren, Alana and Kiera, and their third granddaughter, Kristen Giardiello.
A memorial service honoring Mr. and Mrs. Massi will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home.