In Memoriam: George R. Nazareth & William M. Lewis

George R. Nazareth

George R. Nazareth, 88, died on February 22, 2018, in Rhode Island, surrounded by his loving family.  Mr. Nazareth was the President of the former Providence Casket Co. of Lincoln, Rhode Island, from 1955 until he retired in 1990.  He is the father of Stephen Nazareth of Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions.

George was a graduate of Moses Brown School, Class of 1948, the University of Rhode Island, Class of 1952, and earned his M.B.A. from Columbia University. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, serving as a radar operator, and was a plank member of the U.S.S. Wilkinson.  He was a tireless advocate for persons with disabilities, serving in many different advocacy leadership roles at the regional, state, and national level.  

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Joan of Arc Church, Cumberland, R.I.  Burial followed in Resurrection Cemetery, Cumberland.  A calling was held at Bellows Funeral Chapel, Lincoln, R.I. The family asks in lieu of flowers, to please take a moment to do a kind act for someone else.  

The CFSA officers, board of directors, and staff extend their sincerest condolences to the Nazareth family.

William Michael Lewis

William Michael Lewis, 87, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2018, after a life filled with family, friends, and love.  Mr. Lewis was the third-generation owner of the family business, M. Solomon Casket Company, where he worked for nearly 46 years before handing the reins of the business over to his sons.

Bill attended Rutgers University before being drafted into the Army in 1950. While serving a tour of duty in Japan and Korea during the Korean War, he earned three medals including the United National Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with the Bronze Star, and the National Defense Service Medal. He was also very active in his community, serving on various committees and boards.  Bill will be remembered for his passion for living and his generosity to others.   

Funeral services were held in Temple Sinai, Cranston, Rhode Island. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Care Dimensions (Hospice), 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923 or your favorite charity.  For online condolences, please visit

The CFSA officers, board of directors, and staff extend their sincerest condolences to the Lewis family.

No picture was available for Mr. Lewis at print time.