Jesse McCord Lewis was known as an amazing child, full of light and love that was unmistakable in his presence.
He was known to bring joy to the world with his infectious and radiant smile. He was smart and compassionate beyond his years.
Jesse died bravely trying to lead other children to safety. He ran into the hallway to help when he heard the shots. In our hearts we already knew because that was the way he lived his life -- fearless, full of courage and strength.
He was brave. His actions were consistent with the way he lived his life; passionately embracing everything, a perfect combination of courage and faith, like a little soldier, his favorite toy.
The love he shared with his loved ones was abundant and all-encompassing. He slept in his mother's arms almost every night of his precious life, with her thanking God for him.
Jesse left an indelible mark on the hearts of those who met him.
The picture that remains etched in his family's souls is one of him in his boots, no socks, ripped jeans and a T-shirt, an Army helmet strapped to his head and a smudge of dirt on his cheek, tromping through the pasture on his way from one adventure to another.
Jesse is survived by his mother, Scarlett Lewis; his older brother, JT, who looked after Jesse with tender care and devotion; his father, Neil Heslin; his grandparents, Maureen Lewis, Bob Comfort and David Lewis; his uncles, aunts and cousins, Trent, Sasha and Hayden Lewis, Jordan, Becky, Christian and Everett Lewis, and Coulter, Kristy and Quinn Lewis; and as many dear friends as the stars.
Interment was in Zoar Cemetery in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown.
The Honan Funeral Home in Newtown was in charge of arrangements.