I am no bird and no net ensnares me. I am and have an independent will. Lewis R. Chropka had a hearty personality with a heavy soul who accepted the things he could not change, and, with wisdom, changed the things he could. The usual way, the correct way and only way did not exist. Lew lived life his way. Boys never grow up. They just get older and their toys get more expensive. They say, he who dies with the most toys wins! On Monday December 23rd, 2019, after 81 years, Mr. Chropka WON! He passed away at Genesis Healthcare Nursing Home in Voorhees, NJ.
Lew was born in and spent many of his years in Philadelphia, PA before moving to Seaville, NJ and then Long Key, FL. In his young adulthood, he had contributed to the manpower of our great nation upholding the ideals of our American freedoms for three years in the United States Army. Lew made his career as a Serviceman working for PGW in Philadelphia and had put all of his effort and enthusiasm into his big toys. He loved his fast cars, his 1989 Greenwood Corvette and his 2000 Donzi fishing boat that he docked in Wildwood, NJ, which one summer he and Frank together powered their way to winning a Poker Run boat race!
Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. Fishing took Lew to a special place and state of mind where he was free. The process of discovering who you really are begins with knowing who you really don't want to be. After many attempts over the years and great strength and courage, with the help of family and A.A., Lew finally found sobriety.
Remember me better than I was... with a kind deed, a word or a good fishing story. If you must bury something let it be my faults and my weaknesses. Mr. Chropka is survived by his daughter Laura Chropka and her partner Frank Aranda. He is the proud grandfather of Alyssa Aranda Brown and is also survived and will be sadly missed by his sisters Dorothy Pokorny and Marilyn LaCrosse.
Just like the big catch, Lew had gotten away from us. Our heartfelt goodbye and the time honored tradition of reuniting those we love with nature was held privately at Creran Celebration Etherington & Creran Funeral Homes www.crerancelebration #crerancelebration #heartfelt