RDM (Chris) Lewis

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RDM (Chris) Lewis November 3, 1926 - July 2, 2013 On July 2, Chris died peacefully at home in Calgary after a two and a half year illness.

Born in Aberystwyth, Wales, Chris attended Birmingham University where he studied medicine. He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Major. Upon his return to civilian life he became Senior House Officer at Leeds General Infirmary, where he met his future wife, Jean. Together they moved to Pentre in South Wales where Chris was in general practice.

In 1959 they packed up their two young children, Simon and Susan, and moved to High Prairie, Alberta. There Chris was in family practice for nearly 30 years. In 1964, Chris and Jean welcomed their second daughter, Anne.

Over his years in High Prairie, Chris delivered literally thousands of babies, set bones, removed appendices, and performed innumerable services to the community. He was active in local and provincial politics, local service clubs and became one of High Prairie's prominent citizens. He seemed to know everyone he met.

Chris had a love of fishing and photography. A well composed photograph was a joy; a day on the water was equally satisfying. At one point he learned to fly and travelled Alberta in his Piper Cherokee 180. There was always a murder mystery on his bedside table. A voracious learner, he continued to take courses and study until the very end.

Upon his retirement in 1988 Chris and Jean stayed in High Prairie for several years and then moved to Calgary, where they have lived for the last 20 years.

Chris is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean, and his children, Simon, Susan and Anne, and grandchildren Jennifer, Thomas and Richard.

At Chris' express request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers please send donations to The Canadian Cancer Society or The Palliative Care Unit - High Prairie Hospital.

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Published in The Edmonton Journal from July 4 to July 6, 2013
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