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.


Memorial Service: July 2, 2019 3:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. The picture in this obituary of Lew and Barbara was taken at our home during Christmas of 2017. That was just one of all the many holidays we shared together over the past 20+ years.

    My parents and Sue’s parents became very good friends, with my mom and Barbara talking on the phone every day and calling each other “sisters.” It was an honor having Lew and Barbara as part of my family. We had countless laughs and so many wonderful times together – holidays will never be the same without them and they will be greatly missed.

    Lew and Barb it makes me so happy to know that you are reunited and I love picturing you laughing with my mom and dad once again.

    Until we meet again sending you much love.

  2. Barbara and Lew were not just friends of the family, But loved members of it. I have many fond memories of the growing up in Armonk with there family. Barbara was an avid historian of the area, I can remember mom (Alice Lowery) going on amazing historical adventures. Lew and Barbara both loved Armonk, and were one of the reasons it was an amazing town to grow up in. There love for each other was never ending only eclipsed by there love for there children. The will be missed and my they rest in piece.

  3. Barbara & Lew became a part of our family from our very first meeting. Though we didn’t see them very often, it was always a special time when we did. So happy we got to see them one last time on our visit to Ashville. Two wonderful people that will be missed by many.

  4. Dear Sue and Steven,

    My thoughts and prayers of comfort go out to you and yours during this difficult time. I had the great pleasure of spending time with your parents and was so touched by their obvious love for and devotion to each other. That same love and devotion was your legacy as you both loved and cared for your parents. You loved them well and kept them safe and together as they wished. May you find comfort in that Massi family legacy of love.

    With, Great Affection
    Pam Shapiro

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