Michael Kevin Hewes passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was 59 years old.
Born in Evanston, Illinois, Michael was one of six siblings growing up in Barrington, Illinois. He attended Barrington High School and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado in 1976.
Michael met his wife, Cecily, at Barrington High School, where they attended senior prom together. After several years apart, the couple reunited. They were married in New York City in 1988 and were married for 25 years. They settled in Chatham, New Jersey in 1995 and raised two loving children, Natalie and Owen.
Michael was an avid sports fan. He loved football and rooted for the NY Jets and the Penn State Nittany Lions. He also loved lacrosse and followed the teams from Villanova University and Chatham High School where his children played the sport. He was a skillful and courageous skier and exceptional photographer.
Professionally, Michael was a renowned Construction Manager, most recently with Bernsohn & Fetner in New York City. Michael was the “go to guy” for high-end construction projects in Manhattan. His projects included showcase multi-million dollar Manhattan penthouses, famous theaters, including Shakespeare-In-The-Park, and the 1996 renovation of Lincoln Center. Michael was on site to oversee even the smallest details of his projects, earning extraordinary respect of his industry peers, as well as his celebrity and business mogul clients.
In spite of his professional success, Michael’s true love was always his family. He will be remembered as a devoted father, husband, brother, uncle, and friend.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Cecily (Roberts) Hewes of Chatham; two beloved children, Natalie Alison Hewes and Owen Michael Hewes; three sisters, Susie Zboch of Mundelein Illinois, Trudy Dietzen of Boulder Colorado, and Terry Rueckert of Hawthorn Woods Illinois; two brothers, Tom Hewes of Ringwood Illinois, and David Hewes of Stillwater Minnesota; countless loving nieces and nephews; and his beloved basset hound, Hannah.
Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation for Michael on Friday, November 22, 2013 from 6-8pm at the Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, located at 345 Main Street in Chatham, NJ. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 11:00am at Corpus Christi Church in Chatham, NJ. Donations in Michael’s memory may be made to Catholic Charities USA, P.O. Box 17066, Baltimore, MD 21297 or to the Cancer Research Institute, One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway, Suite 1802, New York, NY 10006.