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Thomas Hank Lewis

August 12, 1922 - October 15, 2011

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On Saturday October 15, 2011, Mr. Thomas Henry (Hank) Lewis of Osoyoos passed away peacefully at the South Okanagan General Hospital at the age of 89 years after a long illness with kidney failure and pulmonary fibrosis.
He was predeceased by his parents George and Amelia Jane (nee Cox) Lewis; sisters Mary and Lorena, brother Frank and his wife Dorothea (Dot) (nee Simpson) Lewis of 63 years.
Hank will be fondly remembered by his loving family including daughter Sheri; grandson Curt Ballsrud (Nicolina); twin great-grandchildren Luciano and Audrey, who were born March 19, 2011 and were the light of his last few months; numerous nieces and nephews from Saskatchewan, his home province.
Hank was a proud RCAF World War II veteran. Over the years, he owned a Texaco Station; worked at the Mac & Fitz and Monashee Packinghouses in Osoyoos, the Liquor Store in Osoyoos and was a retired member of the BCGEU.
He loved motorhoming and camping, he travelled to eastern Canada by train, to Alaska, Greece and Israel but loved Canada the most.
Hank was very involved in his community; he was a lifetime member of the Elks and a past Exalted Ruler of BPOE #436 Lodge, Osoyoos; sang with the Faith at Work Singers, volunteered with the Osoyoos Fire Department, and travelled with the Good Sam club. He helped put in the first water line in Osoyoos and was part of the work crew for many of the original buildings in Osoyoos after 1945, eg, the Royal Canadian Legion building. He was one of the first members of the Osoyoos Credit Union. Hank loved hockey, baseball, curling and was involved with the first 8 ender in 1961 in the original rink which is now the museum, he also enjoyed bowling, golf and gardening. Most of all, he loved telling jokes and had a repertoire of thousands of them.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday October 27, 2011 at the Osoyoos Elks Hall. A reception at the Osoyoos Elks Hall will follow the service. Graveside service will take place at the Osoyoos Lakeview Cemetery, Pioneer section along with his wife and in-laws D. Perley Simpson and Grace Simpson.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Kidney Foundation of BC or SORCO – the owl rehab centre would be appreciated.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Jim MacNaughton
Relation: long time family friend

Dear Sheri, Hanks death has taken me by surprise- I guess I expected him to go on forever. I spent many, many hours singing with him over the years, he and Dot were my parents faithful friends for as long as I can remember,- he was just always there as an important part of my life and for yours as well.His jokes could drive you crazy but his smile and laugh I will always remember- peace, love and Blessings to you at this time in your life… with deepest respect and memories… Jim MacNaughton

From: Marj & Les Gammel
Relation: Niece & Nephew-in-law

I remember you as a handsome happy fellow when I was little & in your airforce uniform.
You are now at peace & I am glad you had the opportunity to love the twins
Marj

From: Margaret Harkness
Relation: friend

Dear Sheri and Kurt:
Very Sorry to hear about your dad and grandfather. He was such a nice man and I am sure you will miss him deeply.
Sheri, it has been too long since we have talked and if and when you feel like it, I am still at the same place.

From: Jerry and Sandra Albo
Relation: friend

Dear Sheri; Jerry and I have known your Dad for a very long time and he was a truly positive person and a real gentleman. He was on the Board of Osoyoos United Church with me (Sandy) and always had words of wisdom for their concerns. He was a guy to respect and admire and you will miss him dearly. He has earned his rest and you can carry on for him representing the things that you believed in common with each other. May God bless you with strength at this time.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
October 27, 2011
Beginning at 1:00pm

Location:
Osoyoos Elks Hall
8506 - 92nd Avenue
Osoyoos, BC Canada

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday October 27, 2011 at the Osoyoos Elks Hall. A reception at the Osoyoos Elks Hall will follow the service. Graveside service will take place at the Osoyoos Lakeview Cemetery, Pioneer section along with his wife and in-laws D. Perley Simpson and Grace Simpson.

8506 - 92nd Avenue
Osoyoos, BC Canada

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The Kidney Foundation of BC
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Or
SORCO
PO Box 1166
Oliver, BC
V0H 1T0

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