LEWIS, Edward Alfred
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May 17, 1927 - November 15, 2012
While sorrow fills us as we say goodbye to a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, gratitude overwhelms us for having had the fortune to have been blessed with such a presence in our lives. Dad was born in Bridgend, Wales to Edith and Lewis Lewis. Dad was the second oldest of four children, younger brother to Joan (deceased) and older brother to Louise (Marty deceased) and Margaret (Marcus). In 1930, when Dad was three, they left Wales and immigrated to Canada settling in Pointe Saint Charles in the east end of Montreal, Quebec. This is where Dad spent most of his formative years and where he got his grit. It is also where he met and married Mom - a union that would last 59 years and produce seven children in quick succession. These were the Depression years and times were such that he left school after grade 6 to start working. Dad was a carpenter by trade and spent all his professional life working for Richard & BA Ryan Ltd., achieving the position of VP of the Atlantic Division, after being transferred to the Maritimes. Dad loved sports and spent many years coaching his kids during the 1970's in the town of Roxboro on the West Island of Montreal. In his latter years he loved to watch his grandkids play sports and never tired of supporting them and offering advice and words of encouragement. Dad's religion was his family. There was nothing Dad enjoyed more than to sit down and share a few beers or a glass of wine with his family. Dad was also a renaissance man as he was an avid gardener, cook, woodworker, and in his youth, a championship paddler. When the kids had all eventually married and scattered across Canada and the world, Mom and Dad made the decision to leave the Maritimes and move to Calgary to be closer to family. By this time, Dad had retired. They took to Calgary and the west with the same zeal shown in the Maritimes. They explored the west by car, took in their grandkids' sports, bought bikes and made daily excursions exploring Calgary. Eventually time catches up to everyone and Dad was no exception. During the latter years, Dad lost a little of the fight in him and slowed down considerably, but always perked up when family dropped by. He could still enjoy the occasional beer or glass of wine and would still regale us with the occasional story, off- color joke or anecdote. In the end, Dad eventually succumbed to the body betrayal after fighting a litany of ailments that challenged him in his final years. We shall miss you, Dad. Thanks for everything and may your final journey put that swagger back in your step. You made us proud. Cheers! Dad is survived by Joy, his wife of 59 years; Tom (Karen), Red Deer; Dave (Carla), Calgary; Linda (Gary), Calgary; Jane (Kevin), Perth, Australia; Sue (Dana), Toronto; Jim (Kathy), Alfriston, UK; John (Fiona), Toronto; and numerous grandkids and great-grandkids. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the Children's Wish Foundation.
Published in The Calgary Herald on Nov. 17, 2012