Mervyn Wynne Lewis, a true gentleman who worked hard and enjoyed life to the full.
Merv as he was known affectionately to his family and friends was born in Mold North Wales in 1934. He attended the local grammar school until at the age of seventeen. Then decided, unbeknown to his family, to sign up with the Royal Navy as a Boiler Fitter and Mechanic. Enjoying the lifestyle he decided to remain in the Navy for some 22 years until he left as a Chief Petty Officer in 1974.
After leaving the Navy he joined the Municipal Mutual insurance company inspecting ships engines for the company, where he remained for several years.
During this time, his Father who was by now an experienced Mason suggested on several occasions that Merv should have his name put forward to become a member of his local Lodge. This he declined several times as he felt he was, with his personal life, together with his work commitment far too busy to spare the time.
In the early 1980’s he met Kay, and in 1986 amid much delight by their families they were married. It was always their ambition to move to Spain when they both retired, and in the Year 2000 they finally achieved that ambition, and moved to the Oriheula Costa.
Both Merv and Kay now realised, they at last, had the spare time to enable them to take up the various hobbies they enjoyed. One of the first things they joined was the local Valle del Sol Bowls club, and later went on to join San Miguel Bowls club after having made many friends there.
For Merv, Masonry was always in the back of his mind, so after attending several Masonic functions, he was finally in 2001, invited to join Old Tower Lodge No 49 which he welcomed with open arms. Now making many friends in several of the Lodges, and continuing to attend the many luncheons, he eventually became secretary of the Torrevieja Dining Club and went on in 2007 to become chairman. He decided in 2003 to join Las Salinas Lodge No 79, where he progressed through the offices, and finally in 2008, proudly became Master of that Lodge. During his time at Las Salinas Lodge, Merv was delighted to become a founder member of the newly consecrated Provincial Stewards Lodge No 154 in the Province of Valencia.
Merv continued to work hard in all aspects of Masonry until July 2010. When, whilst on a night out with friends, dancing the night away, he suffered a fatal heart attack, leaving a great void to both family and friends, and will be sadly missed by many.