Dr. George Phillip Lewis Jr., 84, of Middletown, RI died Wednesday, January 31, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born in Providence, RI. He was the son of George and Marion Lewis.
He met his wife, Elaine Nunes, in high school, while working as an orderly at Newport Hospital. Elaine was a nurse’s aide. They married at Jesus Savior Church in Newport and then moved to Queens, NY while he finished medical school and Elaine worked as a nurse at Children's City Hospital. They were married for 59 years.
He graduated from De La Salle Academy in Newport, R.I., Providence College and New York Medical School. He completed his internship at Rhode Island Hospital. He served in the U.S. Army as a Captain in the medical corps in several locations including Tokyo. After completing his surgical residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport, CT, he moved his growing family back to the Newport area. Upon returning to Newport, he opened his medical practice on Touro Street and was a surgeon at Newport Hospital. He served as Chief of Surgery at Newport Hospital and was a member of the American College of Abdominal Surgeons, American College of Physicians Executives, American Medical Association and the Rhode Island Medical Society. He also served on the Board of Trustees at Newport Hospital and the Bank of Newport. He was a founding partner of Blenheim Newport and served as President and Medical Director until 1999.
Dr. Lewis retired from his medical practice in 1998. He then trained and received his pilot’s license. He enjoyed flying for many years and was an avid reader, gardener and painter. He enjoyed sailing with his family on Narragansett Bay and camping with his children and grandchildren. Elaine and George traveled widely, including visits to Portugal, Aruba, a family cruise to Alaska and a cross country road trip to California with their 6 children.
He was known in the Newport area for his work in medicine as a general surgeon. His treatment of patients, co-workers and staff was compassionate and kind. His colleagues and his family enjoyed his sense of humor and his shenanigans.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his children- George of Colorado, Dianne (Jim) of Virginia, Maureen (Michael) of Rhode Island, Peter of Massachusetts, Suzanne (Todd) of Pennsylvania, Karen of Rhode Island and 16 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. His greatest love was spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and his great-granddaughter.
He is also survived by his sister, Virginia Donnelly Meeks, of Florida and several nieces and nephews
Visiting hours for Dr. Lewis will be Friday, February 9, 2018 in the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring Street, Newport, from 4 – 7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 10 am at St. Augustin’s Church, corner of Carroll Avenue & Harrison Avenue, Newport, RI. Burial will follow at St. Columba Cemetery, 465 Brown’s Lane, Middletown, RI.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. Lewis’ memory to St Augustin’s Church PO Box 357, Newport, RI 02840 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 www.stjude.org.