Leroy L. LEWIS, Jr.|
Beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died January 17, 2013.
Lee was born June 8, 1929 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. After graduation from high school, he attended Penn State University receiving a track scholarship and studied geology. In 1951 Lee joined the Marine Corps and served in the honor guard in Washington D.C. Continuing his education he received a MBA from Colombia University. Lee proceeded with a profession in banking specializing in trust work. He was the head of trust departments on both east and west coasts of the U.S. during his career.
Lee's sons were both born in Pittsburgh, PA, Leroy III in 1957 and Paul in 1959. Lee, Carolyn, and the boys moved to Wilmington, Delaware in 1959 and then to a small farm called Laurel Oaks in Upperco, Maryland in 1964. Lee worked as head trust officer for Maryland National Bank for the next 15 years.
In 1979 Lee visited the great Northwest and Washington State. He was offered a position at Seattle Trust as trust department head. Never turning away from an adventure or opportunity he moved permanently from Maryland to Mercer Island with his wife Carolyn and son Paul. Leroy III moved to the region shortly after his graduation from college. Lee worked as head of the trust departments at Seattle Trust and Puget Sound Bank before his retirement in 1995.
Boating was one of Lee's passions. Lee and Carolyn and friends from east and west coasts spent many joyful days cruising the waters of Puget Sound, the islands of Northwest Washington and western British Colombia on his last boat, Cygnus II (the Swan) that was built to his specifications.
Lee was also passionate about music. He had a large collection that spanned many genres from Dixieland jazz to classical. He loved attending concerts of the Baltimore and Seattle Symphony Orchestras and gave generously in time to the success of these organizations.
Lee had a great interest in photography, travel, and genealogy. Lee's documentation of family history and adventures created a rich collection of information and memories for his family. Lee's love of his friends and family shine through the images he captured.
Between 1983 and 2004 Lee served as treasurer and board member of the Hamlin Robinson School for dyslexia and related language disabilities. Lee also served during this time on the board of directors of the Annie Wright School and gave generously of his time to the success of both these fine schools. Lee also served in volunteer positions on the KCTS advisory committee and the Seattle Symphony Investment Committee. Lee was a member of the Rainier Club and the Seattle Yacht Club for many years.
Lee is survived Carolyn, his wife of 56 years, his sons Leroy Lewis III and Paul Lewis, his daughter-in law Betty Hames Lewis, and his grandson Grant Daniel Lewis.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue on February 3rd, 2013 at 1:30 PM. In lieu of flowers or gifts to the family please consider a donation to KCTS 9 or the Seattle Symphony Orchestra:
KCTS 9 Television, 401 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA, 98109
Seattle Symphony, P.O. Box 21906, Seattle, WA 98111-3669; https://donate.seattlesymphony.org
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 27, 2013