Nickerson Funeral Home

77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA


Lewis James Hamilton Gunn

May 4, 1918February 11, 2014

Lewis James Hamilton Gunn of Edinburgh, Scotland to Chatham, Massachusetts. May 14, 1918--February 11, 2014.

Schooled by nuns in Switzerland, sent by ship at age 7 with brother Bill (12) to Canada, raised in Toronto by his parents, attended Upper Canada College. At the start of WW II, became an Ordinance Munitions Inspector for the British Government in Connecticut. There he met and married Sally Curtiss with whom he had 4 children in Toronto. In the early 1960s, with McGregor Young, he founded Liftow Limited, a material handling business. Married his second wife, Janet Pilkington, with whom he had 2 children. A keen competitor, often representing Canada, a world-class athlete in cricket, squash, golf and sailing. Is on the Canadian Cricket wall of fame. Was a member of Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club; (past President) Canadian Cricket association; (past President) The Badminton and Racquet Club; Toronto Golf Club; Eastward Ho!; Lost Tree Club; Tryall Club; (past Commodore) Stone Horse Yacht Club; Yacht Club of Hilton Head; South Carolina Yacht Club; Savannah Yacht Club; Haig Point Club; Royal and Ancient Golf Club, Scotland; and an honorary life-time member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (Lords). He loved his Wianno Seniors, J22s, J24s, J29s, J105s, Wagner, Sinatra, Gershwin, Crosby. Loved singing, an audience, being at the helm on Nantucket Sound, Calibogue Sound, Key West, close calls on the race course, holes in one, golfing his age, all things British (was presented to Queen Elizabeth in the 1960s), The Daufuskie “Marshfield Mamas” Ladies Tennis Team, the Haig Point Bridge Club, Fiddler's Landing.

Seized life at every turn, opened every door of opportunity, worked to the end to keep his mind and body sharp. A man whose quality of spirit in the areas of his involvements led many into a richness of experience they would never have otherwise known.

Son of William Hamilton Gunn and Phyllis Moffat, brother of William, father of David, Christopher, Stephanie (Nick Mazzarese), Elliott (Sandra), Robin (Blain Goold), Carey (Travis Ellison); Grandfather of Patty McClarren (Steve), Spencer Gunn, Katie Gunn, Ian Gunn, Olivia Gunn, Emma Gunn, Aubrey Gunn Pledger, Aaron Goold; Great-grandfather of Ellie, Ben and Maggie McClarren, and father of Sparkie and Henry Gunn.

Lewis's family remains grateful to the grace and warmth of The Royal of Harwich, Liberty Commons, and Hope Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Hospice, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601, the Humane Society 2100 L St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20037, or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

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March 23, 2014

Dear Gunn Family...My heart goes out to you all. Your dad was such a wonderful man and he sure lived a full and active life - how blessed he was. After knowing him from Stone Horse, it was great to reconnect with him at Eastward Ho! and fun to see him with his cute dog on the golf cart. He will be missed by you all I am sure of that.
- Judy Blaikie Lane

Greg Young

February 24, 2014

Sincerest condolences to the all the Gunn clan from the Young family. Lew has clearly had a long and great innings. He was inspirational in teaching me as a kid a love of sports including cricket, golf, squash and sailing fundamentals. With my father, “Gunn and Young” complemented each other well both in business and on the squash courts. We'll miss him deeply. Love to all.

Sally Kimball

February 22, 2014

Condolences to the entire Gunn family from all the Kimball's.

Bill & Sandra Brock

February 22, 2014

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Gunn clan on the loss of your father and grandfather Lew Gunn. He made an impact on business and sports but his enduring and best legacy are his children and grandchildren. May we all have a life so fully lived! He has embarked on a new adventure and voyage now. May the wind be always at his back and yours.

Brad Babb

February 22, 2014


Nancy Joyce

February 21, 2014

Dear Robin and Carrie and all the family,
What a blessing to have such a happy and kind father in your life for so long.. He was certainly an inspiration to a young generation of sailors at Stone Horse. We send our most sincere sympathy to you all . He will be greatly missed.
Nancy and Jack Joyce

Ned Steiger

February 21, 2014

Toast a half chocolate Frappe at the SHYC snackbar to Lew...that was his regular order during my time behind the counter! Our condolences

February 19, 2014

If personalty had a
color most people would be dull grey. Lew was bright red. We miss those eyes that twinkle. Terry and Joe Treleven

Tom Nederpel

February 19, 2014

A great friend and companion at Daufuskie. We played golf for almost 20 years at Haig and became close friends and celebrated years of our collective athletic prowess of the past. I was honored to be able to share time with Lew and Sparkie chasing deer through the marsh. God speed Lew. You will always catch the right wind!

Gord & Cher Pilkington

February 19, 2014

We remember Lew as a competitive sportsman, social entertainer and unique businessman. Always gracious in sharing his home (and boats!) with family and acquaintances alike.
Our sympathies are with the Gunn family at his loss.


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