Lewis Harold Amonte
Our Captain’s Story
Born in 1941, Lewis Harold Amonte was a man of tradition, intense loyalty and family. Our father Lewie had many nicknames, but the most fitting and appropriate was CAPTAIN LEW. Lewie took immense pride in his heritage and proudly lived his whole life on Kilby Street in Hingham, MA. Lewie possessed all the characteristics of a true Captain. He was a caring leader with a big heart who was not afraid to push the people he loved to reach their potential.
A man is a true reflection of his parents, and Lewie represented all the tremendous qualities of his mother Betty and his father Rocco. Much like Lewie, his father Rocco was the patriarch of his family. Lewie learned many lessons from his parents, but the most important lessons were to always treat people with respect, and to provide a helping hand whenever possible. These lessons set the tone for how Lewie would treat people in his life.
After high school, Lewie went straight to work for his father in the construction business. On October 24, 1964, Lewie married Kathleen Amonte. Lewie and Kathy had four children (Kim, Rocco, Tony, and Kelly) and life was great until January 1977, when at the young age of 37, Lewie suffered his first massive heart attack. People thought he may not live much longer, but his big heart beat on. After recovering, Lewie and Kathy made the decision that he would retire from the construction business and focus on his health. Despite their limited finances, this was the best decision that they ever made. Their decision allowed Lewie to spend every moment possible with his children.
Lewie was always passionate about sports and quickly realized that he and Kathy had four very athletic children. He brought each of his kids to their many sports activities and encouraged them, while pushing them to achieve their individual potential.
Lewie’s children were his first CREW. Kim was an All-American Field Hockey player at Bentley College; Rocco played Division One hockey at the University of Lowell; Tony had an enormously successful 17-year Career in the NHL; and Kelly has won countless awards including 8 National Championships as a lacrosse player and lacrosse coach.
During each of the kids’ journeys in sports, many different people stepped up and provided opportunities for Lewie’s CREW. Without doubt, Lewie never forgot when someone did him a favor. After seeing the effect that he and others had on his own CREW, he was always willing reach out and help provide opportunities in sports for others. He knew that one small act could provide a kid with the opportunity and confidence necessary to succeed.
Over the years, Lewie expanded his CREW to nieces and nephews and neighborhood kids. He would give a kid a stick, talk to a club/team director about providing a scholarship, or just offer some of his classic and candid advice. Lewie inspired so many with his sayings, words, and small acts.
Some of Lewie’s classic “catch phrases” that will ring in our ears forever:
On never being intimidated by anyone: “The bigger they are the harder they fall.”
On focusing on playing hard and not worrying about your competition: “The cream always rises to the top.”
On showing up ready to play, every practice or game: “Go hard or go home.”
On not making excuses or blaming your coach: “You want to play more, play better.”
On success and focus, and how simple it becomes when you break it down: “Hit the net it’s the white thing.”” Or “In it, not at it.” Or “100% of the shots that miss the net don’t score.”
On never becoming complacent and always pushing to reach another level: “You’re only as good as your last game.” And “No matter how good you are, there is always someone better out there.”
On the day of Lewie’s passing, his son Tony sent him out with a fitting song “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. Lewis instilled belief in self to multiple generations of athletes.
Thanks to Lewie, our Family recognizes the effect that one individual with a BIG HEART can have on an athlete. After his passing, Lewie’s family found it only fitting to start a foundation in his honor. The mission of the Foundation: CAPTAIN LEW’S CREW, is to inspire and provide opportunities in sports to a new CREW of athletes in need.
It is our goal to motivate and push many new CREWS of athletes to embody CAPTAIN LEW’S spirit.