Lorenzo Lewis was born May 20, 1951, in Portland, Ore. to David and Annie Lewis and was the younger brother of Allen Richardson. He later became an older brother when his parents had: Beverly Lewis, Vietta Lewis, Ruthie Lewis-Nash, and David Wayne Lewis. He attended Boise Elementary School and Jefferson High School.
In his early 20s he worked at Crown-Zellerbach Paper Mill (Camas, Wash.) and attended Portland Community College where he was fond of Math and earned his GED. Lorenzo received a Certificate of Award in February 1980 for successfully completing the 10-day Pre-Employment Training Program of the Portland Training and
Employment Division, and then in May 1980 he was
commended by the City of Portland and Portland Community College for completion of the Training and Employment program in Lapping, which lead to a job as a Lapper with Wacker Siltronic Corporation. Through the years he also worked at the Container Recovery, Portland Progress House - Federal Work Release Program where he was a staff counselor, and Laidlaw International, Inc. as a bus driver.
Lorenzo wed Shirley Lowe in 1989 and remained married for several years. He treasured time with family and friends. He loved barbecuing and grilling on all occasions and in all weather conditions —even the snow. He’d dip the meat in sauce, ‘cue it up, and as he laughed and talked with family and friends, he’d pour strawberry pop over ice, slightly shake the cup, because, as he’d say, “It got colder faster.”
He also enjoyed being competitive while playing dominos, cards, and chess and during taco nights he loved playing other board games such as Monopoly, Sorry, and Life. His other hobbies were: watching football; swimming; traveling; attending concerts; watching movies in the theater, at the drive ins, and at home; and watching fireworks on Marine Drive.
Lorenzo loved to drive; it was his medicine. Often, he and his family would drive to the Oregon Coast and Seattle, Wash. As he drove, he enjoyed chatting and listening to all kind of music,
including The Temptations, which he had the opportunity to attend their live concert when the group visited Portland.
Later in life, he developed friendships within his apartment community. He and George Stuck became good friends and would laugh and talk almost every morning in the lobby of their
Lorenzo leaves behind five children: Meka Brown, Monique Brown, Neal Blassingame, Jr., Myesha Lewis-Turner, and
La Tina Lewis; one sibling: Ruthie Lewis-Nash; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
Proceeded him in death: his father and mother; brothers: Allen Richardson and David Wayne Lewis; sisters: Beverly Lewis and Vietta Lewis; and daughter: Marionna Cole.
Lorenzo loved many and was loved by many and will be greatly missed by everyone.
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