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Thursday December 6, 2012

LEWIS, Alfred H.

Alfred Hillel Lewis was born on June 18, 1912 in Manchester, England. He was the son of Rabbi Harry S. Lewis, a graduate of Cambridge University, who went on to become Dean of the Jewish Theological Seminary (Hebrew Union College) in New York City. His mother Millie (Finkelstein) completed a Master's degree at Columbia University, and then helped and taught unwed mothers. Alfie received his schooling at the Barnard School in the Bronx, and The Perse School in Cambridge, England, one of the few British public schools at the time to have a Hillel House. Alfie saw Babe Ruth hit a home run and, on some of his many visits to London, he heard the London Symphony Orchestra at the time Edward Elgar was conducting. Alfred attended McGill University graduating in 1934 with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. The holder of several patents, he first worked for Dominion Engineering; then formed Crestweld, a manufacturing firm on Montreal's south shore. After his retirement, Alfred and Miriam ''Mimi'' (Berlind), and their large circle of friends, divided their time between Montreal, the Laurentians, and Palm Beach, Florida. A voracious reader, he was also physically very active, remaining an avid tennis player to the age of ninety. In his final years Alfred was afflicted with Parkinson's Disease, nevertheless, he always maintained his optimistic outlook. In addition to Mimi, his wife of 68 years, Alfred Lewis is survived by his children, Frank, Jonathan and Elizabeth; daughter-in-law, Donna Lounsbury; grandchildren Sarah, Carolyn, Joshua, Michelle, Benjamin, Andrea, and Matthew; and great-grandchildren Benjamin and Henry. Alfred is predeceased by his sister, Isabel Alvarez, of London, England. Contributions in memory of Alfred Lewis may be made to the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, (514) 369-2222, ext. 1299. A memorial service is planned.

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