Lewis J. Saffron, a longtime resident of East Falmouth, died unexpectedly at home on May 18. He was 63.
He was the husband of Valerie A. Saffron, to whom he was married for 45 years. His nickname was Papa Lew.
Mr. Saffron was an tradesman who was self-taught in carpentry, automobile mechanics and plumbing.
He worked at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as a distribution assistant for many years and also ran a business repairing lawn mowers and small engines.
Born in Haverhill, Mr. Saffron moved to Cape Cod where he was able to spend time out on his sunfish, go scalloping and swimming, and take long drives along the shoreline.
In his younger days he played hockey in adult leagues and remained an avid Bruins fan when he no longer played the game himself. In a 2017 reporting of the top 300 finishers from town who participated in the 45th running of the Falmouth Road Race, Mr. Saffron was listed with a time of 54:43.
In addition to his wife, he leaves his children, Derrick Saffron and Christina Saffron-Troy; six grandchildren; two sisters and three brothers; and extended family.
He was predeceased by his parents, Henry Safran and Lena Safran, as well as four brothers and a sister.
Services were private.
A memorial celebration is planned for this summer.