LEWIS, Edward LYN, peacefully at home on Nov 18, surrounded by his family, after years of declining health borne with indomitable courage. In accordance with his wishes, he was given a Green Burial on Nov 20th.
Lyn was born on Oct 9 1930 in Aberystwyth, Wales, son of Margaret, ne Owen, and William James Lewis, a college lecturer. He experienced WW II in peaceful Wales and later in London. After the war, Lyns widowed father remarried and Lyn then became a big brother when his sister Sue was born.
After studying Physics and Microwave Electronics at the University of London, he worked first in industry and later at his old alma mater on microwave tubes and linear accelerators. In 1959, he immigrated to Vancouver with his new wife Valerie Moira, ne Groom, to join the Department of Electrical Engineering at UBC.
In 1962, Lyn changed the focus of his career and joined what became the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to work as a research scientist in polar oceanography and ice-borne arctic operations first in Dartmouth, NS, and after 1964 in Victoria. For 21 years he headed the Frozen Sea Research Group at the Institute of Ocean Sciences. He was on 25 ice-borne arctic operations and coauthored many papers. Membership on international committees took him many places in the world, among them Iceland, where he married his second wife, Anita Kladia Robertsdottir.
His involvement with arctic matters did not end with his formal retirement in 1992: in fact days before his death he tried to raise awareness about the need for further research.
Lyn felt at home in nature, hiking, mountaineering, skiing, canoeing and exploring the west coast on foot and by boat. With his first wife Valerie he introduced their children to the great outdoors on many family backpacking trips to the coast and into the mountains of BC and Alberta. He loved poetry and music but above all nature. This love he bequeathed to his daughter Bronwen Duncan and granddaughter Avelyn, son Mark Lewis and wife Allison, ne Currie, and their children Patrick and Brynn, and to his son David and wife Cara Jay and their young daughters Tatiana and Natasha.
The Lewis family wishes to thank all those who helped making Lyns last years at home possible: the caring staff at the Gordon Head/Oak Bay Home and Community Care Office, especially nurse Stefanie Steele, the CHWs from Beacon Community Services, especially Daniel and Pauline, who brightened his last days, the Palliative Care Team that allowed him to die at home and his medical doctors, and foremost Dr. H. Russell Grimwood who looked after Lyns health for decades.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Dec 1st at 2 PM at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. No flowers, please, but direct your generosity to Victoria Hospice (http://www.victoriahospice.org/).