ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Michael Lewis, 65 years old, born on February 5, 1956, and passed away on February 26, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Adair Small on April 2, 2021
Whenever I saw Mike at church or in the neighborhood, it just made me feel good inside. He had a calm, warm and helpful spirit which spread to those around him. Sharing aspects of our spiritual journeys was deeply meaningful to me. I've missed seeing and talking with him since he moved to Hyde Park. Our friendship was a casual one and we did not know each other over a long time but he is not someone I will forget. My deepest sympathies go out to his family at this time.
Posted by Kenneth Small on April 2, 2021
Mike was a wonderful person to know, always bringing peace, thoughtfulness, and good will toward everyone around him. He attended Beverly Unitarian Church for several years, where I encountered him often. He always saw the best in others, and brought calm wisdom to any conversation.
When the turrets on our building, the "Beverly castle", cracked and we discovered we needed to raise many thousands of dollars to repair them, he was the very first donor! He simply walked into a room where the finance committee had just met and handed me five 20-dollar bills to start the restoration campaign. I will never forget that he would show such caring for a church that must have meant something to him, even as he was about to leave it because of moving to another neighborhood.
All of us who knew Mike are better people because of it.
Posted by Angelica K. Elueze on March 27, 2021
Dad, I found this very difficult to write because we didn’t have the best relationship, but I’m still going to miss knowing you are around...riding your bike and gardening. I don’t feel like we had enough memories together and I wish we had more time. However, I do know it’s because of your love for talking to strangers that we all attended Franklin, those were the BEST years! And I do remember you taking us to have Indian food and make rock candies...that was a Blast. When we did hang it was always an adventure...ie corky but that’s what made it wonderful!

Well, one day we will be together again and I pray we can make more memories. Thank you for leaving me with your crunchy yoga, lover of all things nature, and free spirited personality...I will never again question myself or the things that make me different because I know they come from you.

Oh, and thanks for leaving Ekene some red hair...he sends kisses & waves.
Posted by Candace Lewis on March 27, 2021
From William (Tion)

Life is like a rose it starts off small in it's beginnings, but like mother's nature to nurture it bathes in a warm for Father's sun. Rooted and strong it rises towards the light. Something so beautiful it's not meant to last always. Quite like man's existence is often too short so as winter nears and the cold creeps across the land to bring about an end spring shall return and this rose shall be resurrected once again. As we manifest in this physical realm from the spiritual plane we one day must return and tell God and the ancestors about our story. My uncle leaves a legacy of an endearing smile and easy going attitude and a bop In His step as he strides. Love you Uncle Mike be easy breezy rest up until we catch up.
Posted by Brian Porter on March 27, 2021
I met the Lewis family through Candace in the fall of 1999. A very closed knit family, very honest, loving, caring; nothing but positive energy. Candace talked everyone up in her family, including her father.

So there was a moment, a group of friends were out having a meal. There was a financial issue that arose. Mind you, it's around midnight, 1AM. Candace makes a call. Explains her situation. Phone calls ends. I don't think an hour passes, Mr. Lewis is at the restaurant. He started in Chicago, he ended up in Aurora. The shock, the disbelief, being in amazement all occurred from a man who truly loves his family! I believe this was my first encounterment of meeting Mr. Lewis. From that moment forth, the measure of a man was shown and set an extremely high bar along with bragging rights that only Candace could say," my father loves me so much that not only did he pay my bill, he also gave me some money too! At 1 O'clock in the morning!"

I salute you Mr. Michael Lewis. Rest well!
Posted by Michael Lewis on March 27, 2021
Love peace honesty when I say these words I think of it for my father me and my father really didn't have a strong relationship like that but I know that when he was in my presence I tried to make the best of it I always think of my father I always wish that I had more time to spend with my father I just feel like there was a lot of unanswered questions on my end but hopefully he's in peace now and hopefully we can all move forward and be more of a family so tomorrow Michael Lewis I love you you will always be in my heart
Posted by Candace Lewis on March 23, 2021
From Ms. Wilson,

" I wanted to thank Mr. Mike Lewis and his family for his service and sacrifice as a member of the US Armed Services. I knew Mr. Lewis for four years and he was always a kind, considerate and thoughtful person. He will be greatly missed but his wonderful spirit lives on".
Posted by James Bledsoe on March 21, 2021
Uncle Michael, you'll truly be missed. I grew up around you a bit, coming over to see my mom and cousins. You were always good to me, you didn't take no shit either rest up and we shall meet again.
Posted by Shameka West on March 21, 2021
To Mr. M. Lewis:
I’ve never actually gotten the chance to meet you, whenever I would ask Ms. Lewis (Candace) about you it was never anything bad and because I love her I had the upmost respect for you simply because she always had nothing but good things to say about you as a father and I remember saying “I wish I had a dad like hers.”

To the family, I am so so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you. Rest well great man, I know you are truly missed.
Posted by Darnella Middleton on March 21, 2021
To Mr. Michael Lewis:
It's hard to forget someone who gave so much to remember. The love you gave and shared with your family, the humour and laughter you shared with friends, the wisdom you've passed on to generations, and the joy you shared in uplifting others will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of those you left behind.
R.I.P
Posted by Patricia Davis on March 20, 2021
To my brother in-law. I will forever remember your smile. You were there and watched me grow up and every time I saw you you gave me a nod of approval as to say you were proud of the woman I had become. I will miss that smile and nod. A conversation with you always made me examine my views and that’s what life is about. I will miss your presence in our family but will always be grateful for that little bit of flavor you added.
Posted by Patricia Lewis on March 19, 2021
I met Michael when I was 16 I fell head over heels in love with him ♥️ He will always be my 1st love. I’ll always remember the red headed boy that walked pass my house or something at the lagoon. Soon Michael left for the Marines, but we kept in touch when he returned we dated and married later Michael was a funny, free spirited person, a chance taker, always dreaming Michael and I had 3 beautiful children Candace, Angelica, Michael. I’ll always have great memories of our time together. I’m still in a lot of shock, but I know I’m gonna really miss seeing and talking to him. I would also like to say that you have to read letter his daughter Candace wrote fully describes who he was. I’m still crying. Until we meet again. Love Your wife Pat ♥️
Posted by TERICA MIDDLETON on March 16, 2021
Thank you dad for your endless words of wisdom, sharing your views on interesting little known world facts and your knee slapping feel good unforgettable humor. I thank God for blessing me with the honor of knowing you and for Him sharing His son with us. A man of service, faith, patience and authenticity, you have truly earned your wings. Well done ❤
Posted by Ryan Ward on March 15, 2021
God Bless you Dad, I love you & miss you.

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Posted by Adair Small on April 2, 2021
Whenever I saw Mike at church or in the neighborhood, it just made me feel good inside. He had a calm, warm and helpful spirit which spread to those around him. Sharing aspects of our spiritual journeys was deeply meaningful to me. I've missed seeing and talking with him since he moved to Hyde Park. Our friendship was a casual one and we did not know each other over a long time but he is not someone I will forget. My deepest sympathies go out to his family at this time.
Posted by Kenneth Small on April 2, 2021
Mike was a wonderful person to know, always bringing peace, thoughtfulness, and good will toward everyone around him. He attended Beverly Unitarian Church for several years, where I encountered him often. He always saw the best in others, and brought calm wisdom to any conversation.
When the turrets on our building, the "Beverly castle", cracked and we discovered we needed to raise many thousands of dollars to repair them, he was the very first donor! He simply walked into a room where the finance committee had just met and handed me five 20-dollar bills to start the restoration campaign. I will never forget that he would show such caring for a church that must have meant something to him, even as he was about to leave it because of moving to another neighborhood.
All of us who knew Mike are better people because of it.
Posted by Angelica K. Elueze on March 27, 2021
Dad, I found this very difficult to write because we didn’t have the best relationship, but I’m still going to miss knowing you are around...riding your bike and gardening. I don’t feel like we had enough memories together and I wish we had more time. However, I do know it’s because of your love for talking to strangers that we all attended Franklin, those were the BEST years! And I do remember you taking us to have Indian food and make rock candies...that was a Blast. When we did hang it was always an adventure...ie corky but that’s what made it wonderful!

Well, one day we will be together again and I pray we can make more memories. Thank you for leaving me with your crunchy yoga, lover of all things nature, and free spirited personality...I will never again question myself or the things that make me different because I know they come from you.

Oh, and thanks for leaving Ekene some red hair...he sends kisses & waves.
his Life

Celebrating the Life of Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis was born in Chicago, IL on February 5, 1956 to Melvin Lewis and Lavergne (Doris) Lewis (nee Crockett) both of whom preceded him in death. As a child, Michael loved to play games, swim, and run on the track with his family at the local YMCA. He was always a jokester and enjoyed making his family and friends laugh. 

Michael attended Frances W. Parker High School where he excelled academically, but could never quite fit into the traditional school setting. He lived his teenage years on the edge, too cool for school, and loved hanging with his crew. Always a true gentleman, dapper dresser, and fashion forward thinker he loved to dress to impress and get his hair braided and twisted by Patricia on the front porch of her home. 

On his 18th birthday, he went to San Diego, California and enrolled in the United States Marine Corps. During active duty, Michael was stationed in Okinawa, Japan for two years during the Vietnam War. While serving in the US Marines he received the National Defense Service Medal and the Rifle Marksmanship Badge (M-16). He also mastered his culinary skills and learned to bake pastries. He and Patricia loved to write letters to each other and he would always tell her of the countries around the world where he wanted to take her one day. In 1977, upon being discharged from the military he returned to Chicago, IL and worked in the VA hospital while attending Triton C.T.S. Truck Driving College. 

On June 3, 1978, he married his beautiful wife Patricia and to this union there were 3 children born. Their son, Michael M. Lewis and their daughters Angelica Lewis-Elueze, and Candace Lewis Ward were his pride and joy. As a family, they lived a simple life full of fun and educational activities like swimming, riding bikes on the block, walking to Foster Park, summer reading challenges, movies on the weekends, museums, and eating out at eclectic restaurants.

In the 80’s and 90’s, Michael worked as a taxi driver in Chicago’s Loop. Michael was a simple and peaceful man that took life as it came. Needless to say, he was a carefree dreamer! He enjoyed driving, meeting new people, and having lunch and taking in the sights at different parks and landmarks around the city and suburbs. He was an entrepreneur and liked repairing and fixing things, a lover of nature and architecture, and an avid reader, bike rider, and walker. Michael was passionate about education and health. He loved to share his passion about education with his children and other young people in the neighborhood. You could find him on the front porch wearing his suspenders with a chalkboard teaching math problems and sharing some knowledge about geography or music on a summer day. If you stopped to converse with him, he’d likely tell you all about the benefits of drinking herbal teas, taking wheatgrass shots, juicing your fruits and vegetables to maximize their nutrients, or saying something like ‘one garlic clove a day will keep the doctor away’. However, as Michael and all other foodies know, it is all about balance! He also loved his burgers, milkshakes, Fritos, frozen custard, and our grandma’s sweet potato pie. 

In the early 2000’s, Michael spent a great deal of time living with and caring for his aunt Dorothy Moore in the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago. In 2013 he decided to pursue his love of food and passion for creativity and achieved his certification in food safety. In 2014, he began training in a culinary arts program and became a cook for Safe Haven. He found joy in learning about something he loved and helping people at the same time. Whether it was allowing someone to go ahead of him in line, helping a neighbor shovel their car out of the snow, or a simple, How do you do?, and actually stopping to listen to your response, he was always willing to take a moment out of his day to make someone else’s day better or brighter. 

Michael Lewis, a spiritual man of incredible faith, a proud father and grandfather, loving husband and lifelong learner, transitioned from this earth on February 26, 2021 at the age of 65 at his home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Michael is survived by his wife Patricia Lewis, son Michael M. Lewis, and two daughters, Angelica Lewis-Elueze (Jindu Elueze), Candace Lewis (Ryan Ward), twin brother D. Lewis, Grandson Ekene Elueze, uncle Ronald Rogers (Carmen Rogers), and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
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Just wanted to say hi

Shared by Candace Lewis on April 13, 2021
Hey Dad,

So many things remind me of you everyday. Seems like everywhere I turn there is a memory of something you said or something we did or something you loved. I can’t even fully grasp that we won’t be making anymore memories. I miss you so much I don’t even know how to express it in words. Today I wanted to call you just to talk about everything and nothing and to have a laugh or two or three. I wanted to send you pictures and videos of Ekene’s swim lesson yesterday. He did so good. I know you’d be so proud of him. I remember the first time you took me swimming and all the times we went swimming at the pool at grandmas house. I love you both and I’m glad you’re together now, but at the same time I wish you were both here. Everyone keeps saying it’s gonna be okay, but I’m not really sure when that’s supposed to be happening for me. Sometimes I feel like my heart stopped beating and time stood still and I’m frozen in the last moment that I saw you or in the moment when Angelica said you were gone. It’s not okay, nothing is okay. I pray that our bond remains unshakable through space and time and that you know how much I love you. I still feel your love and your calming spirit with me, see your smile and the kindness you spread to others, hear your voice and knee slapping laughter. How do I live without you? I think that’s the one thing you never taught me. Well I’ll keep trying to figure that part out. All my love, il next time ..... Lil bit

Uncle Michael

Shared by Nichol LaNier on March 27, 2021
I remember being in grade school and you would come and pick me and Candace up sometimes and take us out. We would go to eat, the circus and sometimes to your moms house. You were always the fun, silly Uncle. I will miss you so much. 

See you Later.... Wuv you Always

Shared by Candace Lewis on March 19, 2021
Hey Dad,
I never thought I’d have to write this letter. I just don’t know where to begin. Although I’m aware that you made some mistakes and took some wrong turns in this life, who hasn’t. I, however, never looked at you and saw those things. To me, you were just perfect, just my dad. I just knew that you loved me and I love you too. You had just the right amount of annoying, frustrating, and serious dadness mixed with an abundance of laughter, love, and wisdom. Your carefree & kind soul was my balance in life. My constant reminder to laugh, enjoy life, not take myself too seriously, and slow down to take a break when I need to breathe.
Forever your “Lil bit”. You always said you remembered me crawling across the floor as a baby. I just know that I’ll always remember you laughing and making me laugh or tickling me. When I remember you, I’ll think of you riding your bike, driving your cab, or taking a walk while stopping to appreciate the architecture, and feed the birds along the way. I’ll remember you always willing to lend a hand to someone in need or giving more than what you had like it was no big deal. I’ll remember those weekend trips to grandmas house in your cab while making me listen to classical music the whole way. I’ll remember always taking your hat away and wearing it and sitting on your knee. I’ll remember you in suspenders and bright colors. And I’ll remember your glasses. I’ll remember you teaching me: to fix a flat tire, to ride my bike, how to drive and navigating this city without a map, teaching me fun trivia facts that I may not ever use, teaching me about various foods from different cultures that I hope to travel to one day, and how to swim in the most unorthodox way by just tossing me into the deep end and then diving in to save me. The most important thing I’ll remember you teaching me, is that life can always teach me lessons as long as I’m paying attention.
I’m gonna miss you and miss our conversations and time together. You’d always say the simplest things that would make everything seem so clear. So tell me who is going to look in my face and without me saying a word, know when something is wrong and give me a hug and a kiss on my forehead and tell me “it’s gonna be alright” or say “you gotta learn to relax sweetheart”. I guess I’ll just have to remind myself from time to time and say WWDD or WWDS. What would dad do or what would dad say. I suppose I can’t be upset that you you’re gone and with grandma now. I know how much you missed her. Give her a big hug and kiss from me and tell her that I love her. I imagine you both laughing and free from the pains and worries of this world.
Every time the wind blows and gives me a chill or gently sweeps across my face, I’ll think of you. You were always my breath of fresh air. Just like the wind you could be as gentle as a summer breeze or as brisk and direct as a winter chill. Sometimes both in the same conversation. I could always appreciate your straight forward and candid nature because it was delivered with love. There will never be enough pages to write down all of my thoughts or my feelings. There will never be enough words to describe my love for you and all the memories that I have. There will never be enough time for me to get use to the fact that you aren’t here. I’ll be expecting a hug, tickles, a forehead kiss, and some zurberts immediately upon our next meeting. Until then, I’ll be listening for your voice and trying to continue making you proud. I’m so grateful to be chosen as your daughter and for the 39 and half years I got to share with you. Thanks for the love, the laughs, all of the memories, and the red hair lol. I love you always and forever. See you later...
Love Always,
Candace (Lil bit)