Shirley Marie Lewis

October 19, 1936September 19, 2020

LEWIS: Shirley Marie (Chester) October 19, 1936 – September 19, 2020 Shirley was born in Coal Creek, BC and grew up there and in Fernie. She met the love of her life, Gordon Lewis, in Fernie at the age of 15. They married in 1955 and raised two children, Dorrie and Darren. As Gordon worked for the CIBC and was transferred regularly, the family lived in Vancouver; Victoria; Richmond; Ottawa; Wycoff, New Jersey; Mississauga; West Vancouver; Edmonton; and Calgary. They spent their retirement years in Kelowna. Shirley enjoyed playing golf, tennis, and duplicate bridge and made many wonderful friends through these activities. Her goal of obtaining a Life Masters in Bridge was a cause for great celebration. She had a keen eye for decorating and fashion. She and Gordon enjoyed many holidays in Hawaii, often with her parents; a condo in Arizona for many winters; and several cruises. A special place for the family was the cottage on Edward’s Lake which her father and brother built. She was predeceased by her parents Dan and Martha Chester and very recently by her brother, John Chester. She is survived by her husband Gordon, daughter Dorrie Bring (Kohla - Lara, Sita & Nick) and son Darren (Elaine - Meghan & Michael). She is also survived by her sister Lois Vassallo (Joe – Krista & Scott); sister-in-law Beryl Chester (Patricia & Oren, Lisa & Rob); Gordon’s family members; and friends. As a family, we are very appreciative of the care she received during her struggle with Parkinson’s over the years by Doctors Mackle, Purdon, and Wile and the staff at Cottonwoods and Hospice House. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson Society British Columbia or a charity of your choice. Condolences maybe sent to the family by visiting Arrangements entrusted with First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, BC 250-762-2299


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Vic Mangal

April 25, 2021

We recently learned of Shirley’s passing. The many pleasant social times we shared in Edmonton are still with us. Gord, sorry we lost touch after CIBC. Lorraine and I send you our best. Stay safe and well.

Ian & Val Melling

October 4, 2020

We were so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing and send our condolences to you and your family. We have very happy memories of the times we played together in the Terrific Twelve Bridge group and hope memories like this sustain you.

Alex & Ruth Broomfield

September 29, 2020

We were sorry to learn of Shirley's passing. Our condolences to you Gordon and all the family. May the memories of the good times together sustain you during this difficut period.

I note that Shirley suffered with Parkninsons - it cam be a very
callenging disease - Ruth has suffered with Parkinson for over 10 years; Sorry we lost touch since we retired [min was 27 years ago.]
Since retirement we left the city and settled on a small acreage east of Toronto near Cobourg.

All the best, Sincerly, Alex and Ruth Broomfield

Pat Melhuish

September 29, 2020

Every once in a while unexpected and sad news brings so many memories flooding back. Its been decades, but regularly as I drive on Truscott a Gordon and Shirley memory surfaces, in particular a Swim party with a group of “Bridge Friends”, seems to me that Gordon, walked home from that particular event. A Group that has just lost one more member., but a group that the Lewis’s were a significant part of. Sincere condolences Gordon to you and your family. Pat Melhuish

Don McLarty

September 29, 2020

Sorry to learn of Shirleys passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Ruth & Don McLarty

Dixie Lehman

September 29, 2020

When Darren was in college, Shirley and Gordon opened their home in Edmonton to our College and Career Bible Study group each week. Elaine Orthner attended that Bible Study and the sparks began to fly between Darren and Elaine. Vic and I are grateful for their generous hospitality to us at that time. Pastors Vic and Dixie Lehman, Sioux Falls, SD.

Maureen Barnes

September 28, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss, Gordon. Shirley was a lovely lady. We always enjoyed you two at the Bridge Club

Eleonore & Henry Esau

September 28, 2020

So sorry to learn of the passing of Shirley- Our sincere sympathies to you Gordon, Darren & Elaine and Dorrie- She was such a gracious and pleasant lady. Eleonore & I have very fond memories. May God's Spirit be a source of strength and comfort as you mourn her loss. Eleonore & Henry

Bryan Good

September 26, 2020

Gordon and family. so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. I very much enjoyed the bridge games we shared.