by Otto Vondrak
LEWIS N. CATONE, 86, a life-long resident of Goldens Bridge, passed away on September 20, 2018. Lew was born on January 26, 1932 in Mt. Kisco, NY to Dominic and Lucy Catone. He began a 41 -year career with the railroad at the age of 16 when he was hired by New York Central as a Station Agent in Mt. Kisco. In 1950, during the Korean War, he joined the Air Force and served in the Strategic Air Command through 1954. Upon discharge, he resumed his career with the railroad and held a myriad of positions with New York Central, Penn Central, Conrail and Metro-North railroads. He retired in 1989. The Catone family will receive family and friends at Beecher Funeral Home at 1 Putnam Avenue in Brewster on October 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. At 12:30 a service of prayer will take place. Lew, who chose cremation, will be laid to rest with his wife Mary Lou at St Joseph’s cemetery in Somers. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the ASPCA or the Humane Society would be appreciated. http://www.beecherfuneralhome.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;https://obittree.com/obituary/us/new-yo ... e/3626846/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Lew was also a station agent at Goldens Bridge in the days when the Putnam Division and Lake Mahopac Branch were active. Sometimes he filled in as station agent at Katonah, too. Lew was part of the team that helped in the strategic planning for the start-up of Metro-North Commuter Railroad prior to 1/1/83. I have a copy of a memo in my collection authored by Lew to Conrail HQ outlining the former Conrail freight and MOW equipment that would be retained by MN after 1/1/83. Growing up in Katonah myself, he was always helpful with questions I had about the NYC or MN operations... He will be missed.