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The Rev. Trevor Lewis

Aspen Times writer

The Rev. Trevor Lewis, retired priest of The Church of England and the Episcopal Church and recently an adjunct minister at Aspen Chapel, died Monday, April 26, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. He was 82 years old.

Trevor was born in London on Feb. 11, 1922, the youngest of five children born to Ivy Harriet McIntyre and Henry Haselden Lewis. He attended Whitgift Grammar School in Croydon, and graduated after World War II from Queen’s Theological College in Birmingham with a degree in theology.

After graduation from Whitgift, Trevor joined the Territorial Army, Westminster Dragoons, in 1937, and after being injured in a landing-craft accident in 1939, joined the Royal Engineers, where he rose to the rank of captain. He served as a demolition instructor until 1945.

Upon graduation from Queen’s College, Trevor was ordained a deacon in the Church of England in 1951 and ordained priest in December 1952 in the Diocese of Gloucester. He served several parishes in that diocese for 20 years.

In 1971, he took an 18-month commission as a chaplain in the Royal Navy aboard the H.M.S. Fife, serving in the Far East, the Pacific area and the Mediterranean. An encounter with the British consul in California during this cruise brought him to Los Angeles, where he accepted a position as vice consul for shipping and visits and protocol officer.

In 1974, he was received into the Episcopal Church as a worker-priest. He served in Los Angeles until 1982, when he went back into full-time ministry in the Diocese of Arizona, becoming canon-to-the-ordinary (bishop’s assistant) in 1990.

He served parishes in Lake Havasu City, the Colorado River Townships area (seven congregations from Arizona, San Diego and Los Angeles), Globe and Flagstaff. In 1994, he retired to Colorado and in 1996 became an adjunct minister at the Aspen Chapel.

Trevor married the Rev. Joan Goodwin in Gunnison in 1994 and retired from the Aspen Chapel in 2003, after 51 years of ministry. He is survived by Joan, of Carbondale, and his two adopted daughters from a previous marriage, two grandsons and four grandchildren in England.

Trevor lived well in all that he accomplished, in all that he taught and in all that he gave his fellow man. His strong beliefs, his humor, his goodness, his speaking from the heart, his positive attitude and his work and devotion to his wife, family and friends leave a strong legacy. He was a man of intelligence, courage, determination and extraordinary love.

Interment is private. A celebration of Trevor’s life will be held at a date to be determined.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Nature Conservancy and the National Resources Defense Council.


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