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Lewis Patricia "Pat" Lewis passed away on June 20, 2017. Pat was the daughter of the late Orpha and Morgan Lewis. She is survived by her two sisters: Sherry Lewis Adelman (Lawrence) and Sandy Lewis; from Chicago are her niece, Lisa Taylor (Gordon); and great niece and nephew, Ava (4 years) and Kent (11 weeks). Pat graduated from Grandview High School and Bliss College, as well as attending Ohio State University. She was retired, however, her time at the Columbus branch of Chicago-based Environmental Design International and the Short North Gazette where she sold advertising and had her writing published were positions that she particularly enjoyed in her later years. Her real interest in life developed when she moved from Grandview Heights and bought an old home to renovate in Victorian Village just as the neighborhood was beginning to transform into one of the most interesting places to live. Much of the ground work was started by a group of dedicated people who recognized the potential of Victorian Village-now known as "Short North." Pat was one of the earlier founders of Victorian Village. After it was proposed that Victorian Village would start a Tour of Homes, Pat was largely responsible for organizing the first annual preview tour and dinner that has continued for over four decades. She was referred to by some as the "Grand Dame" of Victorian Village because of her unwavering dedication and involvement with the neighborhood. Pat did much of the home selection, historical research, and writing of the descriptive profiles for the Tour. She served on the board of the Friends of Goodale Park for thirty years. In honor of her service to the neighborhood, she was awarded a plaque along with a tree planted in Goodale Park by the Short North Tour of Homes and Gardens. She was also instrumental in the renovation of the shelter house and worked on plantings and trees in Goodale Park. Over the years, she received awards such as Pat Lewis Day, Exemplary Neighbor, Volunteer of the Year, and Advocate of the Year. She received one of the first Friends of Goodale Park awards for Outstanding Service. The Short North Alliance honored Pat with an "Unsung Hero Award" at their Third Annual Gala. Honorees are nominated by the community and selected on their contributions over the years for artistry, diversity, community and sprit to the Short North Arts District. She also had been very supportive of late to the Greenlawn Abbey Cemetery Association. Pat served on the City Task Force to identify inner city issues and worked with the City to create solutions. Any medium of art was of interest to her. She attended the symphony, theater, dance productions, art exhibitions, plays, musicals, etc. Pat was musically talented herself-playing about ten instruments, able to sing and especially to harmonize effortlessly. Gardening was a passion of hers. Pat seemed to know everyone and developed friendships that transcended all ages and genders. Her gentleness and modest character were traits that made her approachable to those she met. Having the ability to make a person instantly feel at ease, made others feel as though they'd known her for a lifetime. Just walking into a restaurant with Pat felt as if you were with a celebrity because she would stop and talk to many people on her path to her table as possible since she was well known in the community. She had regular "eating buddies," who she enjoyed immensely. Pat was a regular at most Columbus restaurants. For a period of time, she was the guest of a food critic and sometimes had her feedback quoted as well. Being an integral person changing the face of a section of downtown Columbus is an extraordinary legacy. One of Pat's friends shared that Pat was, "Intellectually excited about everything and could transfer that excitement to others. She simply was full of knowledge about every aspect of Short North and was fun to know." Pat's final advice to the developers of Short North would be, "Plan adequate parking before you finalize the project!" A Celebration of Pat's Life is planned for Thursday, June 29 at Goodale Park Shelter House from 6-10 p.m. for friends and family. Donations may be made in Pat's honor by visiting goodalepark.org and clicking "Donate Now" or by sending a check to: Friends of Goodale Park, P.O. Box 8266, Columbus, OH 43201.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch from June 23 to June 24, 2017
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