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Lew Forrest died at home January 19, attended by Sylvia, his wife of 62 years, and his three sons and their wives. He was 86 years old. He had had a long slow bout with non-Alzheimer's dementia but was his stable, pleasant self until nearly the end. A boy from Brooklyn, he served in Europe and the Philippines in World War II. With a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia, he initially worked as a disc jockey and announcer at a daylight radio station in Decatur, Georgia. His interests and abilities were varied. He holds two patents, one for an electronic part and one for a piano repair tool. A singer and professional drummer with a love of jazz and Dixieland, he was a member of the Hot Frogs, a headlining band at the Sacramento Dixieland festival. An advertising executive for many years, he also worked as an actor, print model and piano technician. He was an amateur magician and a salt-water fisherman for fun, and was a wicked Scrabble player. A Mayoral Commendation was given to Seniors Entertaining Seniors, a non-profit group Lew established in Los Angeles to provide music and entertainment in convalescent homes and senior centers. After moving to Sebastopol in 1995 he was a long-time volunteer and whale-watching docent at Bodega Head. Lew was a man of great integrity and truly believed in freedom of thought. He is survived and missed by his wife, Sylvia; his sons and daughters-in-law, Jon and Anne of Kensington, Hugh and Marylou of Santa Cruz, and Steve and Trina of Sebastopol; and by his four grandchildren, Leah, Galen, Aidan and Madeline.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Feb. 8 to Feb. 11, 2013
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