Remembering a man who helped build WBNG's transmitter

By Erika Mahoney
By Dave Sherry

October 13, 2013 Updated Oct 13, 2013 at 10:55 PM EDT

Port Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A local World War II veteran is laid to rest.

Richard Lewis of Port Dickinson passed away Wednesday.

On Sunday, his family held calling hours at William R. Chase and Son Funeral Home.

Lewis served in the Army in Germany during World War II as part of the Signal Corps.

After earning the Bronze Star and returning home from the war, he continued his enthusiasm for technology and communications by working for several companies specializing in those fields, including WBNG.

"He was into radio and that type of thing," son Jim Lewis said. "He worked for Singer Link Flight Aviation and then, after that, IBM and then, in between there, somewhere after coming back, he also worked for WBNG in terms of helping to build the transmitter tower and keep the transmitter running."

Lewis is survived by four children, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was 90 years old.