The music has gone silent for Melvyn James Douglas Lewis, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, who passed away on January 12, 2024 at the age of 82.
Born in Rugby, England on September 16, 1941, Melvyn’s passion for music began at a young age. A talented guitarist, songwriter, singer, and keyboard player, he filled his days with beautiful melodies. He loved sharing his music with family, often inviting them to join him in song. After immigrating to America in the 1970s with his wife and daughters, Melvyn proudly became a U.S. citizen in 1981.
Melvyn lived life to the fullest through his many interests and hobbies. He held a private pilot’s license and relished the freedom of flying his Cessna on trips across the country. He spent time as a volunteer for Sheriff’s Search & Rescue, combining his love for flying with a commitment to community service. As an outdoor enthusiast, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and sailing voyages with family and friends.
Well-traveled and adventurous, Melvyn lived in England, Canada, and the U.S. over his long life. He was a successful businessman who worked hard to provide for his loved ones.
Melvyn took comfort in simple pleasures that reminded him of his English roots – relaxing with a cup of tea, Cornish pasties, sausage rolls, and other flavors from home. A devoted dog lover, Melvyn cared for many loyal canine companions over the years including Maggie, Jezebel, Toby, and Pepper, sipping a cold beer or nice glass of wine, and making memories on motorhome trips.
He leaves behind his daughters, Suzanne Ernesti, Zoe Lewis, and Christene Lewis; grandchildren, Andrew Kennedy, Jennifer Pyron (deceased), Zachary Wesley, Tyler Kennedy, and Cortney Pyron; great-grandson Brenden Straughn, and his many dear friends whose lives were enriched by knowing him.
Donations in Melvyn’s name may be made to a local dog rescue, a cause close to his heart. Though he will be sorely missed, his loved ones find solace in the memories of his full and vibrant life, and the thought that he is now flying free and high in the open skies.