Condolences for Charles Albert Lewis, Jr.

Helen Stevens posted on 9/14/21

We are saddened to learn of Dr. Lewis' passing. We met him as he was a dear friend/masonic brother of my late father, Wilber D. Ward. Kelly and I took his Parks & Recreation class as an elective our Senior year at UNCW. Dr. Lewis was so entertaining and made the class a lot of fun! In speaking about his many travel adventures, he always mentioned a pub that he visited on his trip which made us laugh to this day. When Kelly made a 100% on a mid-term exam, Dr. Lewis made a big deal about it, stating it was the first 100% ever achieved in his Parks and Rec class. That was 1984 so I am sure, there have been more! Kelly later connected with him thru Cape Fear Council Boy Scouts before he moved away. He will always hold a special place in our hearts! Sincerely, Helen & Kelly Stevens


Moorad & Mary Alexanian posted on 9/12/21

We just read of the death of Charles Lewis in the Star News. Charles and I were colleagues at UNCW albeit in different departments. My wife Mary played bridge with Helga and I occasionally saw Charles on campus always with a wide smile on his face. Our condolences to Helga and her family. God bless and comfort them.


Stefan Dabrowski posted on 9/28/20

Dr Lewis was the man who led me down the path of a parks and recreation professional. It was his class that got me interested in continuing a career in p&r. My first mentor, you will be missed.


John Osinski posted on 9/10/20

I first met Charlie when he approached me about getting involved with the Military Affiliated students at UNCW. At the time, I was the Faculty Advisor to the UNCW Student Veterans Organization and Charlie was representing the Military Officers Association of America. The SVO was growing rapidly, and Charlie said that the MOAA wanted to provide funding to help those students in need. From there, the SVO and the MOAA formed a wonderful alliance and the MOAA has done much to help the Military Affiliated students at UNCW. I will miss Charlie's enthusiasm and his desire to help. I didn't know Charlie very well, but well enough to know he was a man of honor and integrity. May his family be blessed in their time of mourning.


Jack Gibson posted on 8/14/20

Deepest sympathies to the Lewis family from Heidi’s colleagues in Dallas. Though we didn’t have the privilege of knowing him, he was obviously a wonderful person. May he Rest In Peace.


Michael George posted on 8/11/20

Charles was a valued friend, Masonic brother, and mentor to me sin e we met in 1994. He was always there for me, encouraging me through my Doctoral degree. I miss him every day ...


Anna Maynard posted on 8/11/20

Dear Helga, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of “Uncle” Charlie. We all have many happy memories of get togethers on Eastwind. Those were fun times. My heart aches for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending lots of love to you, Heidi and Kristen.


Megan Kopka posted on 8/11/20

I will always be grateful that Charles reached out to me in order to meet my son and became a mentor to my son, Bruce (This seems to be a boundless life work and motivation to Charles). I can say he meant so much to me! There is nothing that will touch a mother’s heart than by taking interest in their children- Charles Lewis did that for me, with Bruce, with his interest in Bruce’s future career. He entered my life when I greatly missed Bruce’s father’s presence -in our family- and especially with Bruce. In walks Charles Lewis, a man motivated to inspire youth! A interested and caring man with direct experience and positive input in my son’s future with an understanding of what his future is and could be. Charles could help in a way I never could, in a realm I knew nothing about, the Maritime industry. It makes me sad to know I am not getting another call from him… and pleased to know he made the best decision in life, by choosing Helga. Thank you Helga for making me aware of Charles passing and continuing his legacy by understanding his impact to me and my son.


Jim and Kathy Sabella posted on 8/10/20

To Helga and family we have lost a great friend who has moved beyond life. May the good Lord grant you all Peace and Tranquility in the days ahead. We will miss Charley.


Allen R. Leathers posted on 8/10/20

My sincere condolences to Helga, family, friends, and Brethren. Brother Charles was a wonderful man and I enjoyed getting to know him a bit over the last 3 years. I trust all the experiences shared provide pezced, comfort, and a smile. Well done Brother Charles. Requiescat en Pace.


James Sabella, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology posted on 8/10/20

"Chaz" was a wonderful colleague at UNCW. His upbeat personality and positive outlook on life was greatly appreciated by those of us who worked with him. His student centered focus and mentoring of undergraduates in the Parks and Recreation major, endeared him to many students, my son among them who said "Doc Lewis" is the best advisor anyone could have.


David P Echevarria posted on 8/10/20

We will dearly miss our Chaplain and shipmate Charles Lewis, a long time member of the Navy League Wilmington Council # 174. His recitation of grace before our lunch were always things of wonder and feeling. Farewell dear friend.


Frank Jones posted on 8/10/20

I consider myself Blessed to have had Charles as a friend and mentor. His was indeed a "larger than life" presence with a constant smile and friendly word of encouragement. I appreciate more than words can convey his kindness to my family. Thank you Helga for sharing this wonderful man and helping him to positively influence so many lives!


Evangelos Fragos and Family posted on 8/10/20

It has been an honor to know such a Great man. We can never forget the incredible love and friendship he has shared with our family. Our sympathy and condolences for the family. The Fragos 7 will honor his memory for many years.


Andres Duque posted on 8/10/20

Brother Charles was at my EA examination; I remember I was a nervous wreck...of that night I remember his smile, he was always smiling and welcoming to everyone. I know he is smiling down on all of us. Until we meet again Brother.


AURORA JOFFE posted on 8/9/20

I had the privilege of knowing Charlie and I will miss him dearly. For me he was the father that I never had and he was always there if I needed help as well he was there and ready to help anyone who needed him. His words were " Is tough getting old" but now he will live forever. I miss you already!


Dorsey Knight posted on 8/9/20

It has been a special pleasure to have and enjoyed your friendship for over 65 years as a classmate, shipmate, fellow naval officer and brother mason. It all started in the Bronx at Ft. Schuyler and over the years so many great memories and experiences. God Bless Brother Charles. Enjoy an eternity of Fair winds and Following seas. Dorsey and Annie


Charles Ogle posted on 8/8/20

Brother Lewis, it was a pleasure and Honor knowing you. I know you entered the perfect light. You will be missed. May GOD bless your Family.


Charles Ogle posted on 8/8/20

I will always remember Sitting in Lodge with Brother Lewis.


Gerard Otten posted on 8/8/20

Charles - an approachable, easy to deal with, impressive and special friend in Internet Lodge.



Ricky Meeks posted on 8/8/20

Charles, What an incredible man. He was always nice to me during our many Conversations & cross paths at UNCW often past years or so. Charles always had a beautiful smile. GO SEAHAWKS, JOB WELL DONE !!!! In Loving Remembrance


Georgia Byers Vezina posted on 8/7/20

My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your father (& husband) I will always remember him with a smile on his face. Peace and love to you all. -Georgia Byers Vezina


Georgia Byers Vezina posted on 8/7/20

My heartfelt condolences for the loss of your father (& husband) I will always remember him as a great guy & always smiling. Peace and love. -Georgia Byers Vezina


Rabbi Dr. James and Sandy Apple posted on 8/7/20

Charles was shops friend. I shall miss him. The world has lost a man with an extremely moral conscience.


Ray Hall posted on 8/7/20

It was my extreme pleasure to serve Charles are a District Deputy Grand Master and to also be a past Grand High Priest


Jim and Irene Herstine posted on 8/7/20

Dearest Helga! Irene and I are so sorry for your loss! Charles meant the world to us and Charles was so influential in my personal and professional lives! He was a man for all ages and a true friend and colleague! He will be missed dearly! Please let us know if there is anything we can do. Love you!



Chrissy Sanford posted on 8/7/20

Oh, my goodness. Charles was one of the first members I met in MOAA. He was such a kind, generous, insightful man. I so enjoyed his company. His calm, reassuring demeanor was a comfort to many. I will miss him.


Jeri Graham posted on 8/7/20

We sure were blessed to have Charles on the SENCLAND team. What is so remarkable is the large number of teams that he led/belonged to! Many thanks to the Lewis family for your love and support of Charles and we were all blessed by his contributions, prayers and example.


Chris White posted on 8/7/20

Ginny and I will always remember your great smile, warmth and open heartedness. Visiting your home in 2007 was just magical and enjoyed by all of Internet Lodge 9659. UK.


Gary Owen Green posted on 8/7/20

Charles, my friend and riding partner for many days going to Grave Markings across North Carolina for the SAR. I will miss the many conversations and good will you generated as we discussed varied topics. Thank you for your friendship. I miss you.


Jim Wolfe posted on 8/7/20

Good and faithful servant. Remembering the good times and your contributions to my journey. Lucky was I to have been called your friend.


John Dutchman-Smith posted on 8/7/20

A very worthy and respected man and Mason Charles was a well loved and respected membet of Internet Lodge 9659 in the United Grand Lodge of England for over twenty years. He traveled many times to the United Kingdom to join in our lodge proceedings. He served as Worshipful Master in 2007 and during that year entertained many of us from the U.K. and elsewhere in his beautiful home which he shared with Helga. He will be missed but well remembered by all those in the lodge who were privileged to have met him and many more that did not share that good fortune. Rest well my brother, a life truly well run


John Dutchman-Smith posted on 8/7/20

A very worthy and respected man and Mason


Samuel Crosby posted on 8/7/20

It was a pleasure to meet MW Charles a couple of years ago and to get to know him and what he has done for the Masonic Fraternity. I am honored to have a picture of myself with him which I will be able to look at during the years and cherish.


Bobby (Rusty) Goins PM posted on 8/7/20

Wow, I can never start to tell of the many time that MW Brother Charles came to my aid and assistance during my year in the east at 319. His masonic educations that he would give at our meetings were nothing but priceless. I regret that never got to join the Internet Lodge with MWBrother Charles, like he tried to get me to do, and even offered to fund any shortcomings I may have in that endeavor. Brother, I will forever miss you, and will be waiting until we can fellowship more in the great lodge in the sky. Rest in peace Brother, your job here on earth was very well done.



Erik Gray posted on 8/6/20

He was a mentor, a Brother, and a friend. Rest easy.