Lewis Myrick, Sr., was born in Buena Vista, Georgia, to Archibald "Archie" Myrick and Helen Myrick (nee Sampson) on April 25, 1936. "Pops", as he was lovingly called, was predeceased by his first wife, Ruth Myrick [(nee Scott), Eastern Star] with whom he has two sons; Lewis Myrick, Jr., (Valerie) of Hartford, CT and Brian Keith Myrick (Jennifer) of New Hampshire. Lewis and Ruth also raised her two nephews, Robin Standifer of Hartford, CT and Ronald Eugene Scott (deceased). He leaves 5 grandchildren: Briesha and Jasmine Myrick, both of Hartford, CT; Zaynah Myrick of Florida, Brian Keith Myrick, Jr., of Michigan, and step-granddaughter Wynter Smith of New Hampshire, along with 7 great-grandchildren. Lewis Sr., leaves behind a dedicated and beloved second wife, Doreen Pounds Myrick, and his step-children, Dana McGriff and Carl Dennis McGriff, Jr., as well as a step-granddaughter, Ashley McGriff, an acting Army Sergeant & Eastern Star member. He leaves behind a host of loved ones, friends, colleagues, Masonic Brothers and Eastern Star Sisters and his "ride or die" puppy, Ebony. Lewis Myrick, Sr., worked at G. Fox Department Store as an electrical technician for 15 years. He then worked at The Hartford Courant Newspaper as a manager in distribution until his retirement in 2000. Lewis Sr., was a faithful member of the Masonic Order since 1957. He was a chartering member (September 12, 1961) of the Tuscan Masonic Lodge #17 of Hartford, CT, in which he was an active member until his passing. He proudly achieved the title of Grand Master. His other achievements in the Lodge are as follows: Past Patron of Adah Chapter #22 OES, Past Master of Tuscan Lodge #17, PHA, Past Commander in Chief of Hartford Consistory #80, Joshua Chapter #2 Holy Royal Arch Masons, Makalia Temple #172 ANENNOS, Grand Inspector General AASR, and Honorary member of AF&AM of Connecticut. PGM Myrick has received many honors and distinguished awards throughout this jurisdiction and others. Lewis Myrick, Sr., in 1989 was also the first Prince Hall Mason to enable Mutual Recognition of all Masons in the State of Connecticut. Other jurisdictions around the country and world followed. Within the Lodge are his trusted friends, Mr. Lou Rawls and Mr. Alfred Grady, Jr., his Masonic Son, who has also been a tremendous help during this difficult time. "Pops" loved to work around the house, grow vegetables in his garden and Georgian Plums in the front yard, fishing, camping and traveling to New Orleans and Las Vegas. He loved fine dining and his favorite dishes were oxtails, anchovies on pizza and his famous barbequed dry-rubbed ribs. "Pops" lived his life according to his standards and lived life to the fullest. He was well loved and will be greatly missed. Yes, we loved him, but God loved him more and called him back home. Rest in peace, Pops. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 10:00 am with the funeral to follow at 11:30 am at The Lodge Community Chapel, 130 Deerfield Road, Windsor. To leave condolences and to attend the service remotely, please visit, www.carmonfuneralhome.com
Published by Hartford Courant on Aug. 20, 2021.