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Harold LEWIS

LEWIS, Harold Born March 25, 1911 in New York City. Died January 5, 2010, age 98, in Los Angeles. Family legend has it that Harold's mother, Rebecca, was home giving birth instead of at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory where she was employed, thus allowing both to survive the tragic fire on that date. Harold was an accomplished flutist and respected studio musician for more than 25 years having worked at Disney, RKO, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Goldwyn, Universal, and Hal Roach Studios, where he performed in numerous motion pictures including "Bambi," "Pinocchio," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," and his piccolo solo can be heard in "The Three Little Pigs." Other films include "Citizen Kane," "The Ten Commandments," "Gone With the Wind," "Love With the Proper Stranger," "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm," and a number of Laurel and Hardy comedies. Harold was honored to accompany artists such as Mel Torme, Lily Pons, and Jascha Heifetz and to work with numerous talented composers and conductors such as George Gershwin, Elmer Bernstein, and Alfred Newman. Harold is survived by his beloved sister, Eleanor Cooper, and by his niece Diane Levant (John) and nephew Dale Cooper (Judy). He is also survived by his great niece Andrea Jacobson (Tom) and great nephew Richard Nelson, in addition to great nieces Lindsay Cooper Shea (Jacob), and Lauren, Michael and Matthew Cooper, and great-great niece and nephew Jennifer and Max Jacobson. Services Sunday, January 10, 10:00 a.m., Hillside Memorial Park.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 9, 2010
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