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W. Lewis Hurley

February 27, 2018

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Service Date: March 2, 2018

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With the sun streaming in and a beautiful blue sky out his window our dad, grandpa, and great grandpa drew his last breath. He wanted to close his eyes and go to sleep peacefully, and that’s exactly what he did. Lewis was a loving husband to the late Eleanor for 28 years and to the late Doris for 36 years before that. He was a shining example of how a parent should be to Luanne (Kerry). He always said how fortunate he was to have gained such a large loving family when he married Eleanor. He became a cherished Dad/Papa Lew to Lorraine (the late Nicholas), Jennifer (the late Joe), Donald (Carol), and Brian (Cathy). He was a proud and fun loving grandpa to Sarah (Ben), James, Justin, Sheri, Lorie (Jeff), Rob, Trisha (Sean), Andrea (Dave), and the late Evan. He was also a very lucky great grandpa to Emma, Madison, Olivia, Charlotte, Jenna, Sarah, Evan, Jackson, and little Adalynne. Lewis was the last of the Hurley brothers, predeceased by Andrew, Leo, Emmett, and Jack. Friends may call at Adams Funeral Home (445 St. Vincent St., Barrie) on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel at 2:00 pm. Donations to The War Amps of Canada would be appreciated in Lewis’ memory.

Lewis was born the youngest of 5 boys, on October 2, 1925 in Vankleek Hill Ontario. He enjoyed his childhood years with his brothers and cousins the Allisons. Playing kick the can and making homemade board games kept them busy. He went to Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute and worked at Davey’s drug store, where he learned to be the best present wrapper on the planet! He finished grade 10 and left to join his brothers in the Air Force during WW2. He earned his navigator wings August 24, 1944! Following the war he got a job at Motors Insurance Corporation (GM). He stayed with them for almost 40 years. He married the first love of his life, Doris, in 1948 and had fun being young and crazy with friends in Verdun. Luanne came along in 1960 and Lewis’ first words when seeing her were “what’s wrong with her?!” They had a good life moving between Quebec City and Montreal and eventually to Toronto in 1973. Doris passed away suddenly in 1985, but luckily this kind, people loving man, was introduced to Eleanor Cook in 1987. They married and he gained four more kids to love. They had a beautiful home in Minesing with a family room big enough to hold all of us and create treasured memories. Lewis and Eleanor spent the first twenty odd years together golfing, crafting, and travelling the world. For a geography buff like Lewis this was perfect. In 2015 Lewis lost Eleanor. He was devastated but became and until last week remained an active member of the Whispering Pines community.
We will all miss him dearly.