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Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home

145 East Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ

OBITUARY

Michael L. Lewis

June 3, 1953June 12, 2019
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Michael was born in Everett, Massachusetts and has lived in Essex County, NJ since the age of five. He was a graduate of Orange High School, Essex County College and Adelphi University.

Michael was known for his style, fashion sense, dancing, charisma and magnetic personality. He was a stylist before it even became a popular form of art. His impeccable fashion sense was unmatched. He not only styled his brothers but his sisters, as well. Michael was a featured model in several fashion shows. His 6’1” thin frame was the perfect physique for the Gentleman’s Quarterly (GQ) fashions, that he was infamous for wearing.

Michael was always the life of the party. He could be counted on to maintain a seat at the table for all family gatherings. Michael also hosted events and enjoyed entertaining. He was a phenomenal dancer who dominated the soul train line and mastered every dance craze including the hustle, disco and freestyle. Michael had a love for driving high-end expensive cars and was notorious for owning Cadillacs like his Dad.

Michael began his career with the Newark Board of Education and later accepted a temporary position at the College of Medicine and Dentistry as an A/P Technician. Three months later, his career took off after he was offered and accepted a permanent position. After the renaming to the University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ), Michael was promoted to an Administrative Analyst. Having worked on the Newark campus for 15 years, Michael was then assigned to supervise the AP Department on the Piscataway Campus. There, he developed a process that the entire University still uses to this date. This innovative process was the retrieval request for Checks, Travel advance, Travel Expense and Honoraria‘s thru the UH portal for departmental use throughout the University. In 2018, Michael retired after 42 years of faithful and dedicated service.

Michael’s compassionate spirit enabled him to be an extraordinary caretaker for his Father and Aunts Maxine and Zelma. Michael was preceded in death by his Mother, Geraldine Lewis and Father, Rodgers L. Lewis. He leaves five siblings to cherish his memory: Rodger Howard Lewis, Cassandra Copeland (Anthony), Ronald Lewis (Jane), Richard Lewis, Andrea Lewis-Walker, a dear friend, Douglass Gregory Garland, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Tuesday, June 18, 2019
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Memories

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Kelita Arnold

June 21, 2019

I used to love comming to work with my Mom on Saturdays at UMDNJ only to run to Uncle Mikes cubical!!! He was awesome always making everyone laugh that laugh i still here it. I was a kid then havent seen him in years but i will always remeber you and the way you would light up a room always a joy to be around May you rest in Peace. You will be missed.
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Kelita

Yolanda Crump

June 20, 2019

I met Michael working in New Brunswick in the mid 2000's. When I had a problem getting particular documents he would always help me. We were also train buddies; we would always laugh and talk about our families. But most of all he was good person. Michael may you rest in peace. To the Lewis Family you have my deepest sympathy.

Peter Shapiro

June 18, 2019

I started at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in June 1981. I began in the Accounts Payable Department where I had the pleasure of meeting Mike, when I was a Junior Accountant. We really didn't work together directly, but when we did, Mike was always professional and courteous. He was always friendly and interested whenever we had the chance to talk. I remember him gleeming when he talked about his big dogs!

Mike was a wonderful dancer when we had our annual holiday parties and he always had a style about him.

I hadn't seen Mike in many years since I retired in 2010, but I will always think of him with his wonderful smile.

With warm rememberances,

Peter Shapiro

Mia Ashe

June 18, 2019

In this photo, the the 6yr old me (now 34) wore a polka dot shirt, with red plaid pants to a wedding. My uncle Michael told me I was the best dressed in the house! I’ll never forget this day. Rest well uncle Michael, you will missed.

Mia 💙

Stephanie Treadwell

June 18, 2019

My deepest condolences. May God grant him a place in His Paradise. May the family find comfort in knowing he is resting in peace and watching over them. Rest on my classmate.

Nita Robinson

June 18, 2019

To my good friend Greg Garland, and the Lewis family, I’m so sorry for your loss. But Michael is resting without pain. I knew Mike through Greg for28 years . The three of of us went to church where Greg played and I sang in Bloomfield for years. After church was good times. Taking him to Chemo was heart breaking. May he rest in eternal peace.❤️🥰.

Keith Black

June 17, 2019

I knew Michael for 15 years and i must say it was an honor to have known him, and work with him, you will surely be missed, but not forgotten thank you for all the laughs and your fashion styles.

Rest in Peace my friend!.

KRB

Russell Walker

June 17, 2019

RIP Mike! I'll cherish the laughter, family gatherings, and the many ways you kept us entertained! You always called me "Dad" even though I'm 8 years younger than you LOL. Remembering that 1st meal you prepared for Andrea and me. That Lasagna was unmatched, as were many of your other dishes! Say hello to Big L, Momma Gerry, and the rest of the Fam for me! Rest well.

Helen Margulski

June 15, 2019

It was such a pleasure to know and work with Michael. He was kind and helpful. And he did have a wonderful huge smile and I would comment on his GQ appearance. Heaven just found itself a perfect angel. My condolences to his loved ones and all whose lives Michael touched.

Joyce Lewis-Boykin

June 15, 2019

Dearest Family, We extend heartfelt condolences for the loss of our Michael. It's like losing a piece of our hearts. Please know that Michael's memory will never die, because of the wonderful legacy of love he has left us all. Continue to reflect back upon his wonderful smile and the sincerity of his love for those God had assigned to him in life...He was genuine and kindhearted.. Loved life and most of all loved his family. Let us live a life so worthy of God's re-creative power that we too someday shall see Jesus in Peace...like Michael. We love you all and we hold you so very close in our hearts and prayers...Uncle Jackie Robinson-Forestville, Maryland, Uncle Carl(Buck) Robinson, and Step mom Elder Joyce Lewis and families of New Jersey and North Carolina.

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Michael and Gabby

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Mike with Russ I and Russ II

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Brenda and Michael

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A night on the town!

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Stylin' in Florida

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Santa baby