Tony Lewis was highly respected and valued as a wonderful gentleman and a solid community member.
Tony Lewis was highly respected and valued as a wonderful gentleman and a solid community member. Chrissy Harris

Artist and 'absolute gentleman' missed by community

TREASURED local artist and devoted community member Tony Lewis will be sadly missed after his passing on December 13.

An accomplished contributor to Cedar Galleries, Mr Lewis was regarded by his fellow artists as an "absolute gentleman".

Lorraine Frost from Cedar Galleries said Mr Lewis was a quiet achiever, attending the gallery every Friday religiously.

"Tony was a smart man who never realised how good an artist he was," she said.

"He excelled at pastel art and oil paintings, and kept trying harder and harder to improve his skills."

Mr Lewis was also renowned for his commitment to his community, happily giving his time to the Rural Fire Service, providing a quality that Mrs Frost describes as truly special.

"He was a unique artist in that he captured the personalities of his subjects perfectly," said Mrs Frost.

"It didn't matter if it was an animal, or a person, Tony knew how to translate it on to canvas."

A memorial service was held at Cedar Galleries Bush Chapel on December 18.

On the program was a moving testimony to his character.

"Tony was generous, easy going and liked by everyone who had the good fortune to meet him."

"He has touched and inspired many. We appreciate Tony for everything he stood for, and all that he gave us over the years."

Displays of Mr Lewis' artwork are available for viewing at Cedar Galleries in Calliope.

A plaque in his memory will be placed at his favourite spot to paint.



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