Edward (Ted) James Lewis

May 3, 1956 – August 5, 2014

Ted passed away at St. Joseph Hospital after a brief but valiant fight with cancer. Ted was born in Barrie, Ontario.

Predeceased by his parents Viola and Edward Lewis and his sister Teresa Fisher – all of Barrie Ont., Ted is survived by his wife Barbara Lewis nee Robinson Zeballos, BC, son Joshua Lewis, daughter Lydia Hodgins Lewis Cumberland BC, stepsons Ryan (Korina) Rushton Courtenay BC and Robert Hilchey Lloydminster AB; step-grandchildren Orrin and Chase Rushton Courtenay BC; brothers Joseph (Lynda) Lewis Barrie, Ont; James (Denise) Lewis Barrie, Ont; sisters Linda (Tom) Tustin, Wasaga Beach, Ont and Carol Tilley, Vancouver Island as well as many much loved nieces and nephews.

Ted served Canada in the Army from 1980 to 1996 stationed across Canada and overseas in several locales including Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

In his spare time Ted kept busy playing billiards and joining the Friday night poker team as well as lending his hand at community projects where it was needed.

He was kind, generous, patient, giving of his time, always available wanting to help the community, family and friends. He was a strong-willed individual, thoughtful, hard working for community needs; no matter what trials or tribulations he suffered, it was in silence. He didn’t want people to worry, always positive and with a good sense of humour, impactful on many people’s lives.

Ted moved to Zeballos in 2004 where, in his words, “I fell in love with the Village within the first twenty minutes”.

Standing up for his belief in the future of the Village, he ran for his first term in public office in November 2008 and served the Village of Zeballos as Mayor since then.

He was charismatic, dedicated and passionate in everything he undertook. Ted’s primary goal was making Zeballos memorable to everyone he met; convinced they would share his love for the village.

His sense of commitment and progressive thinking moved the Village along the road to a brighter future. His professionalism, honesty and integrity were bar none. His smile and sense of humor made him especially endearing.

Heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the third floor staff and Drs Deb Weins and Itta Winter for their care and support.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Village of Zeballos, Cemetery Improvement Fund, Box 127, Zeballos, BC V0P 2A0.

In an attempt to fulfill another of Ted’s dreams, bring attention to our challenges and get you to travel our “driveway” from Highway 19; a Celebration of Life was held in Zeballos at the Community Hall on August 23rd at 1:00 pm.


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