LEWIS LESTER Zwick

Lewis Lester Zwick was born on January 18, 1930 to parents, Lester Barton Zwick and Elizabeth Ivanovna (née Sherbinin) Zwick in Crescent Valley, British Columbia. Lester and Elizabeth had seven children. Lewis’ sisters were Elizabeth, Katherine and Judy; his brothers were Jacob (Jake), William (Bill) and Richard.The Zwick family moved to Midway in the early 1940s and Lewis started working at the family sawmill as a camp helper. While working at the sawmill, Lewis received certification for being a log scaler, lumber grader and first aid attendant. Lewis married Elizabeth Strukoff from Grand Forks in 1954, and they settled in Midway, B.C. They had three children: Robert, James, and Theresa.Lewis was a skilled lumber grader. He achieved a record score with the Interior Lumber Manufacturers Association (ILMA) in 1962, and received another record ILMA lumber grading score in 1964. He was then offered a job with the Northern Interior Lumber Association (NILA) in 1965 as Chief Lumber Inspector and the family moved to Prince George. Lewis became further recognized for his lumber grading skills by winning the “Champion of Champions” trophy in 1969. This was a lumber grading competition where only the top lumber graders from around B.C. were allowed to compete against each other. Lewis became recognized as the provincial lumber grading champion.In 1968, Lewis elected to come back to the family sawmilling business and help with lumber sales. Lewis became the assistant sales manager and moved his family to Grand Forks so that the children would be closer to school. The sawmill was sold in 1969 to Pope & Talbot, and Lewis continued to work for the American company. Lewis became manager of P&T Canadian sales and was the quality control superintendent.Lewis had a full life in Grand Forks. He sat on the board of the National Lumber Grading Authority – a Canada-wide agency that represented the Canadian lumber industry on grading matters. He got his high school equivalency GED in 1978. Lewis was elected as a school district trustee in 1970 and retired in 1980 after all his kids graduated from high school. Lewis served for three years as the board chairman and, upon departure the school district recognized his service by establishing a scholarship in his name. Lewis resurrected his interest in first aid and volunteered for the Grand Forks Ambulance Service for 15 years. Lewis served for many years on the Boundary Hospital Board, as well as the boards of Hardy View Lodge, Grand Forks Housing Society, and the Phoenix Foundation. Lewis served as chairman of the Grand Forks Trustees for his USCC community for 17 years. Lewis served as an active member of the Grand Forks Minor Hockey Association. Lewis helped to organize the first Little League Baseball in Grand Forks and coached a Little League team.On Wednesday, August 12, 2009, Lewis was admitted to the acute care at the hospital for six months, and then on February 11, 2010, he was transferred to Hardy View Lodge. Lewis died peacefully on Monday morning, April 19, 2010, at the age of 80.He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth; his three children: son, Robert, and wife, Karyn (née Kinakin); son, Jim, and wife, Liana (née Cheveldave); and daughter, Theresa, and husband, Ted Dergousoff; and five grandchildren: Kathryn, James, Jessica, Simon and Matthew. Surviving family members are sister, Katherine (husband Jack Ludwar); sister-in-law, Nancy Zwick; brothers William and Richard; uncle, Pete Sherbinin; brother-in-law, Mike Strukoff (wife Viola); and many cousins, nieces and nephews.Lewis was predeceased by his mother Elizabeth (1958), father Lester (1974), sisters Judy (1977) and Elizabeth (1990), and brother Jake (2001).Lewis was a life-long member of the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ (USCC). Lewis loved his family, his friends, his colleagues and his heritage. There were many communities in Lewis’ life: the USCC community, amateur sports, the sawmilling community, education, and health care, and Lewis made an impact on all of them. Lewis was a spiritual man but was very private about his Christian beliefs. He had an intimate knowledge of the Doukhobor religion and his faith in God has given him a peaceful rest in His heavenly kingdom. He will be sadly missed, and his memory will remain with us forever. May God embrace Lewis in His light and grant him eternal peace.The Zwick family would like to thank Jerry Seminoff for officiating the traditional Doukhobor funeral services, and the psalmists for singing the traditional songs and hymns. We would also like to thank the cooks, cemetery attendants, and the Kootenay Men’s group for the casket as well as Everett, Debbie and Aaron from the Grand Forks Funeral Home. And finally, we are grateful to all those who helped the past eight months during Lewis’ stay at the Grand Forks Hospital and Hardy View: all medical staff including doctors, nurses, caregivers, ambulance drivers and all those who visited Lewis during this difficult time.The family would be grateful if anyone wishing to submit a donation in memory of Lewis Lester Zwick, that it could be to the USCC (Cemetery Fund or Iskra publications), Grand Forks Hospice Society, or the L. Zwick Scholarship (care of the Grand Forks and District Credit Union).