Obituary of Andrew L. Lewis, IV
Andrew L. Lewis, IV, 64, a Haverford Township Commissioner, passed away on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, after a sudden and brief battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a neurodegenerative disorder.
Andy lived a full life of public service and was known for his generosity and availability, and yet he was much more to his many friends and family. His wit and humor helped put people at ease in any situation. He had “an infectious giggle that began in his belly and spread all the way up to his shiny eyes,” said his daughter Annabel.
Born June 1, 1956, in Bryn Mawr, PA, he was a son of the late Andrew “Drew’ L. Lewis, Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, who passed away February 10, 2016, and the late Marilyn (Stoughton) Lewis, former Pennsylvania State Representative, who passed away December 7, 2020. He was a graduate of Souderton Area High School. He earned his B.A. in Government and Law from Lafayette College and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
During his early business career, Andy worked for the Xerox Corporation in sales, and for Peat, Marwick and Mitchell in accounting and business consulting. He then was a consultant for Lewis, Eckert, Robb, work that included assisting with the Reagan Bush campaign. Over the past thirty years, he was an investor and consultant in a number of business and entrepreneurial ventures including waste management, retirement community development, franchised restaurant operations, and several software and technology companies. Andy also served on the board of directors of a number of both publicly listed and private companies and was currently serving as a director of Philadelphia area-based companies, including Independence Blue Cross, The Philadelphia Contributionship Mutual Holding Company, and Vector Security Holdings, Inc.
Andy was active in community affairs throughout his life and volunteered for Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, as a Jaycee, and as a youth league head soccer coach for many years. An Eagle Scout, he served as a member of the executive board of the Valley Forge Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
A strong proponent of public service, Andy was elected in 1986 and served as township supervisor in Skippack Township. Moving to Haverford Township in 1997, Andy again became involved in politics and was elected in 2003 as the fifth ward commissioner for Haverford Township and served in that capacity for four years. He was then elected in 2007 to Delaware County Council where he completed a four-year term as council man but chose not to seek re-election. In 2015, Andy decided to again run for Haverford Township fifth ward commissioner. He won the election in November of 2015 and took office in January of 2016. Having worked very hard to earn the voter's trust during a highly contentious political divide, he also won his reelection in 2020.
Andy was a member of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church but also took his mother to the Central Schwenkfelder Church of Worcester, PA most Sundays. He had a private pilot’s license and enjoyed golf, tennis, skiing, vacationing in the Poconos, and playing games, like Rummikub and Sudoku.
Above all, Andy was a devoted father and cherished time spent with his family. He went above and beyond to make his four girls happy, nurturing their own interests. “He took Gracie twice to witness the Triple Crown winning at the Belmont Stakes, woke up at 4 am to bring Ellie to the Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse sale, helped Maya train for her 24 Challenge Tournaments, and took me to around fifteen Justin Bieber concerts. These are just some of the special memories we will forever hold close,” said Annabel.
He is survived by his wife Wendy (Etnyre) Lewis and their daughter Maya B. Lewis; his first wife Joanna McNeil Lewis and their daughters, Grace M. Lewis, Eleanor L. and her husband, Thomas M. Kane, and Annabel P. Lewis; a brother, Russell S. Lewis and his wife, Jane; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Andrew L. Lewis, III; and by his sister, Karen Carrier.
In light of COVID restrictions on public gatherings, a private graveside service will take place for the immediate family at Garden of Memories at Central Schwenkfelder Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation. Please go to the Andy Lewis fundraising page at CJDFoundation.org, or visit https://secure.qgiv.com/event/cjdfoundation/account/1097920. Arrangements are by the R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. of Skippack, PA. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.RLWilliamsFuneralHome.com.