Lewis Stewart Edison age 55, passed away peacefully at home in Houston surrounded by his loved ones on December 22, 2012, following a courageous fight to recover from his heart attack and cardiac arrest on October 20, 2011. |
Lew is survived by his wife of 32 years, Suzanne Case Edison, of Houston, Texas, and their two sons, Casey Stewart Edison and Andrew John Edison, both of Austin, Texas. He also leaves behind his parents John and Penny Edison of West Olive, Michigan and North Palm Beach, Florida, along with his two brothers Jeff Edison and his wife Leslie of Park City, Utah and Paul Edison and his wife Molly of Fairfield, Connecticut. Lew was also dearly loved by his sister-in-law Kathleen Kirkpatrick and her husband Stuart of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ellen Case of Bethesda, Maryland and his two brother-in-laws David Case and his wife Jennifer O'Connor of Cabin John, Maryland and Jeff Case and his wife Ginny of Lake Worth, Florida. Lew also leaves behind 12 nieces and nephews: Parilee and Mitchell Edison, Caroline, Victoria and Charlie Edison, Ben, Dan and Meredith Case, Brian and Erin Case, and Lily and Ryan Kirkpatrick, along with many Edison relatives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where Lew and Suzanne grew up.
Lew was a 1976 graduate of East Grand Rapids High School in East Grand Rapids, Michigan where he and Suzanne met and began dating. He went on to get his B.S. Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College in Ohio in 1980. Following his graduation, Lew and Suzanne married in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 28, 1980.
Lew earned his MBA from the University of Michigan in 1984 while employed full-time with Mobil Oil. He spent more than thirty years in the upstream petroleum industry in numerous positions for Mobil Oil Corporation across the United States and worked as Senior Managing Consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers and IBM in Houston for the last thirteen years, helping chemical and petroleum companies design and implement performance management, business process/organization transformation and corporate-wide technology solutions. Lew was also a longtime member of The Society of Petroleum Engineers, a national organization for professionals in the business of oil and natural gas exploration and production.
While Lew thoroughly loved his work, family was always one of his top priorities. With Suzanne, he did an outstanding job raising two sons who made him so proud. He was the dad who was fully engaged, whether throwing a football with Casey or visiting him at his Florida college, attending Andrew's theater productions or viewing his many films. Lew gave his boys a great deal of encouragement, support and love - typically throwing out a clever, funny comment or two! He also dearly loved his parents and brothers, always looking forward to his annual spring trip to Las Vegas with his father, Jeff and Paul.
Lew's family and friends will remember him for his legendary wit, abounding positive energy, friendliness and love of life. He will be missed and remembered forever by all who cherished him.
A Celebration of Life for Lew will be held in Houston at the Rothko Chapel on February 16, 2013 with a reception to follow at Canopy Restaurant. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the "Lew Edison 1980 Bachelor of Science Petroleum Engineering Memorial Scholarship." Please send to Marietta College, Office of Advancement, 215 Fifth Street, 308 Irvine Hall, Marietta OH 45750. Visit www.DettlingFuneral.com to leave online tributes.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 14, 2013