Claude Lewis fulfilled his dreams; marched to a different drummer

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By Carolyn Risner

From the time he was a youngster growing up in Trenton, N.J., Claude Lewis knew two things with certainty.

First, he was going to live in Florida and second, he was going to write for a newspaper.

Those two dreams came to fruition, but not in that order.

But dreams often end, and last Friday on his way to cover an Indian football game in his role as sports editor for the Chiefland Citizen, Claude died at the age of 54, apparently after suffering an asthma attack.

While sorting through memorabilia this week for display at his memorial service, his wife of 21 years, Michelle Balbier-Lewis and his mother Helen Lewis Saidt found a drawing that Claude drew as a very young child.

On art paper and done in crayon, it shows Claude driving an airboat. The word "Everglades" is written on the side of the boat.

At the age of 12, along with his brother John, Claude reported, wrote and peddled a newspaper to the folks in the neighborhood.

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