Remembering Laurie Lewis
I am writing this letter to offer Mrs. Lewis my sincere sympathy on the passing of her husband, Police Commissioner Laurie Lewis.
And in offering my sympathy to you and your children, I have to remind you of this old Hebrew proverb:
“Say not in grief that he is no more, but live in thankfulness that he was.”
And not only should you and your family and the Guyana Police Force be thankful for his exemplary life, but the country as a whole.
You will recall that I once served beside him as Minister of Home Affairs. Of Commissioner Lewis’s personal life I have but a few beautiful snapshots, of a husband who loved his wife and family, of a father who was protective and proud of his children, and of a loving son who lay on the floor of a Miami hospital to keep vigil beside his sick father.
In his chosen career, Commissioner Lewis was a true professional if ever there was one.
Blessed with a nimbleness of wit, he executed his daily charge with honor, diligence, fairness and always – always, with an absence of any malice. Never have I known him to hold a grudge.
Quick to inject humor in a stressful moment, many times I fondly thought of him as Shakespeare’s Puck. It was ever so often his humor that was the turning point in the successful resolution of a situation.
Too numerous to mention were the occasions when he walked that extra mile going above and beyond the call of duty, both on behalf of the public whom he served as well as the officers and ranks of the Guyana Police Force whom he commanded.
Perhaps it is the poet Khaleel Gibrian who said it best:
“For what it is to die
But to stand in the sun and melt (happily) into the wind.”
May the beautiful soul of Laurie Leyland Lewis rest in peace.