Lewis G. Knapp,
Lewis G. Knapp, age 91, of North Branford, formerly of Stratford, beloved husband of Vivienne (Beloin) Knapp, died on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Evergreen Woods, North Branford.
Mr. Knapp was born in Bridgeport to the late Raymond A. and Anna (Schick) Knapp. He was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corp. Mr. Knapp graduated summa cum laude from the first engineering class at the University of Bridgeport.
He had been employed for forty-five years at Sikorsky Aircraft where he had been trained by Igor Sikorsky. Mr. Knapp was the former Chief of New Product Engineering. During his career, he was awarded the basic configuration patents on the S62, USCG helicopter; the S65 which was the largest transport helicopter at the time; and the S61 Presidential helicopter. He served as a Trustee of the Igor Sikorsky Historical Archive Organization and a contributor to the Sikorsky Archive News.
Mr. Knapp was an avid yachtsman and held a commercial captain's license from the U.S. Coast Guard. He was the past Senior Commodore of the Housatonic Boat Club; past Commander of the Housatonic River Power Squadron; and past Skipper of a Sea Scout ship.
Mr. Knapp was an avid environmentalist and had served the Town of Stratford as Chairman of the Conservation Commission and was also instrumental in developing the Town's Conservation Plan.
Among his many accomplishments, he will probably be most remembered as the Town Historian. He had such a phenomenal interest in history, especially for the Town of Stratford. His expertise and wealth of knowledge about the town was extraordinary. Mr. Knapp was Past President of the Stratford Historical Society; developed the Historic District Commission and established the Academy Hill Historic District. He was the award winning author of "In Pursuit of Paradise: History of the Town of Stratford", which was published in 1988. Mr. Knapp also authored with the Stratford Historical Society, "Stratford and the Sea" in 2002 and was a contributing author of "Postcard History Series, Stratford".
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sisters, Beatrice Knapp Mottram of Passadumkeag, Maine and Lila Knapp Innes of Granby; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Raymond H. Knapp.
Friends may call on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the Pistey Funeral Home, 2155 Main Street, Stratford. A brief Service of Remembrance will follow the visitation. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Knapp's memory to the charity of one's choice . Please visit www.pisteyfuneralhome.com to leave condolences online. -
LAST UPDATE MAY 25, 2014