Obituary: Timothy D. Lewis


Timothy D. Lewis, age 71, died in Sarasota, Florida on February 3, 2019. A resident of Sag

Harbor and Longboat Key, Florida, Mr. Lewis was born in Chicago on June 28, 1947. He attended the Frances W. Parker School in Chicago and the University of Wisconsin at Ann Arbor. He was lured East when he was accepted into The Juilliard School, drama division, and moved to New York City.

His acting career included Broadway plays, off-Broadway work, and a number of movies and background work. He was a proud member of the Screen Actor’s Guild. Eventually Mr. Lewis brought his considerable wit and charm to the business of fund-raising for various cultural institutions in New York City. He also directed development programs for organizations such as The Cooper Union, The MacDowell Art Colony, the ACLU and WLIU radio station (now WPPB). Whatever endeavor he took on, he worked with enthusiasm and commitment.

Mr. Lewis had a fine intelligence which he turned to a wide range of interests, including the arts, of which he was both patron and practitioner. He was also an ardent tennis player and a serious student of the game.

Mr. Lewis was a caring and thoughtful man with a superb sense of humor, to the delight of his family and friends. He is sorely missed by his beloved and loving wife, Sarah Burr, his brother Dan Lewis (Stephanie Riger), sister April Burke (Richard Flynt) and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service is planned for May 10, 2019 at The Heights Casino in Brooklyn, New York.

Mr. Lewis was diagnosed with CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia) in 2001. He fought this illness gallantly and persistently, until it finally claimed him. Donations in his memory will be gratefully accepted by the Northwell Health CLL Research and Treatment Program, 410 Lakeville Road, Ste. 212, New Hyde Park, N.Y. 11042, Attn: Dr. Kanti Rai.