Lewis Parker

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LEWIS PARKER January 16, 1926 - March 27, 2011 Surrounded by his loving family, Lewis passed away on March 27th in Toronto at the age of 85. Dedicated and loving husband of 61 years to Eleanor; loving father to Craig (predeceased), Christine, Leslie Anne and Matthew, father-in-law to Karen, Eric and Barbara. Grandfather ('Papa') to Emily, Kyra, Nova, Rylan, Jared, Laura and Elia. Lewis Parker was born in Toronto in 1926. He served in WWII as illustrator of The Maple Leaf, the Canadian Army's overseas newspaper. Lewis and Eleanor married in 1950. Lewis had an illustrious career as an artist, focusing much of his energy on the depiction of Canada's First Nations and early Nova Scotian life. He also illustrated over 200 books and was an editorial cartoonist for the Toronto Star and MacLean's Magazine. Lewis' work appeared in several magazines and encyclopedias, on Canadian postage stamps and a $100 coin for the Canadian Mint. Lewis also taught illustration at Humber College. He was a truly creative and energetic spirit, always patient, generous and often found listening to jazz at his easel in his art studio, the last of which was at his beloved cottage home on Wagner Lake. A celebration of Lewis' life will take place on April 9th at 2 p.m. at Pine Hills Cemetery in Scarborough. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. Condolences at [email protected] www.lewisparker.ca

Published in the Toronto Star on Apr. 2, 2011
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