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Obituary: Dr Joey Lewis

DR Joey Lewis, who died recently following an operation, was a highly regarded general practitioner in North Belfast, a leading member of the Jewish community, and a former captain of Fortwilliam Golf Club.

DR Joey Lewis, who died recently following an operation, was a highly regarded general practitioner in North Belfast, a leading member of the Jewish community, and a former captain of Fortwilliam Golf Club.

A man of immense charm and sociability, he was renowned for his thoughtfulness and his service to others.

Paying tribute at his funeral service, Mr Ronald Appleton QC, rightly said: "Joey Lewis was not only a caring medical practitioner, he was also a caring human being."

Joseph Nathan Lewis was born in Glasgow on September 25, 1924 and brought up in Belfast where his family ran a men's clothing business.

However, he chose a career in medicine after attending RBAI, and later graduated from Queen's University, Belfast. He practised as a doctor for some 40 years, during which time he delivered over 1,000 home births, and he was a founder of Ballygomartin Group Practice.

Dr Lewis was the former provost and a founding member of the Royal College of Family Physicians, a holder of an Upjohn Fellowship, and was appointed by the Queen as a Brother of the Order of St John. He was a good swimmer and a keen golfer. He was also an accomplished pianist, a DIY enthusiast, and a bridge-player.

He was an active and valued member of Council of the Belfast Jewish Congregation and was a former convenor of the Belfast Jewish Burial Society.

Dr Lewis had other wide interests. He was a well-known Old Instonian, and a prominent mason who was a past master of the King David Masonic Lodge, and the representative of the Grand Lodge of Ireland to the Grand Lodge of Israel.

Above all, he was a devoted family man, and he and his Dublin-born wife Fay were most happily married for 54 years until his death last weekend.

Dr Lewis is survived by his wife and their two daughters Anne and Linda and the wider family, including four grand-children.

Many of his numerous acts of kindness were known only to the recipients, myself included.

Some years ago he heard that I was to spend several weeks in Montreal on business and he phoned to give me the contact number of his daughter Anne and son-in-law David, who live there.

They made me most welcome, and thus began a valued friendship. Joey Lewis sowed the seeds of goodness widely, and his friends everywhere will miss him.




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