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John David Edwin Lewis (Ch. 44 - 47)

The Club regrets to announce the death of John David Edwin Lewis on 25th November, 2020 and extends its sincere condolences to his family and friends .


Born in 1929 in Wales, John spent an idyllic childhood growing up in Devon and attended Allhallows School with his younger brother Alan Pascoe Lewis (Ch. 44 - 48) between 1944 and 1947.  John won his 1st XV Colours in 1947.


After his National Service in Egypt, John trained as a chef at the Grand Hotel, Paris and embarked on a lifetime career in catering.  He spent time in Trocadero and the Wig and Pen Club throughout the 1960's and '70's, then in various hotels, retiring as a banqueting manager at the Kensington Palace Hotel in the 1990'S.  Although spending the majority of his adult life working in London and living in the suburbs of Bromley, John always loved his holidays in Devon visiting childhood friends and family.


Married for over 64 years to Jean he was a father to three children, grandfather to four and great grandfather to four.  John's passions throughout his life was always watching rugby and cricket, but he was never happier than when he was in his back garden either sunbathing or playing games with his grandchildren.


John's funeral was held on 21st December, 2020.  A proud Club member, the school's motto  was placed on his coffin and the hymn 'For All the Saints' was sung during the service.