Originally hired at Ridley in 1971 as a teacher/librarian, Lewis also commanded the Cadet Corps, coached swimming and rowing, served as Housemaster of School House, founded and developed the Archives, tutored ESL students; and was involved in Acta, Reach for the Top, Duke of Edinburgh, and 4th Dimension programmes.
He authored a number of Ridley publications, including histories of the Cadet Corps, the Chapel, and the Prize Day awards and wrote often of the school’s history in The Ridley Tiger
. He is the author of Ladies and Gentlemen
, Mr. Harry Red Foster
(1994), Historical Profiles from Victoria Lawn Cemetery
(2006), Niagara’s Gorge Bridges: Marvels of Engineering (
2008), and The History and Homes of Yates Street St. Catharines
In 2000 he co-authored, with Richard Bradley, Ridley A Canadian School
. Lewis challenged, inspired and encouraged countless Ridley students during his 40 years of service to the school. He died in St. Catharines on November 30, 2011.