In memory of Lew: Robert Lewis Dingwall
Robert Lewis "Lew" Dingwall, age 59, passed away suddenly on June 29, 2012.
Lew was chair of the Harrison Lewis Coastal Discovery Centre Society, which was named in honor of his grandfather, the late Harrison Flint Lewis, first director of the Canadian Wildlife Service.
He is survived and desperately missed by several members of his immediate family including his wife, Laurel, and two sons, Ian and Jay
Born in Toronto, Lew was an Acadia University Alumnus.
He worked in the Alberta oilfield before settling in Nova Scotia to raise his family.
He had many years of success operating, promoting, and servicing Wood Mizer bandsaw mills in Atlantic Canada - recently retired.
Lew was also a popular instructor at the HLC, teaching the portable sawmill course to many students over the past several years.
With his sons he enjoyed involvement in the N.S. Guides Assoc., and he was an avid fisherman, gardener, woodworker, and dog lover.
Lew was most proud to be his sons' father.
He was loved and will be missed by many of all ages for his patience, wisdom, insights, and good nature.
Cremation has occurred. An open house was held at his home in Aylesford, N.S., on Sat. July 7, 2012.
Donations can be made in Lew's honor to the Harrison Lewis Coastal Discovery Centre and the Atlantic Salmon Federation.
Happy Trails Lew.
History of the HLC
The Harrison Lewis
Centre opened in 2008, providing a venue for research,
education and appreciation through workshops, seminars, and a
variety of presentations. However, its origin goes back
more than a decade as residents and friends of the Port Joli
Basin recognized and began talking about the need for a field
laboratory and station to support students of natural history.
When it came to
naming the Centre, an obvious choice was the late Dr. Harrison
Flint Lewis who long ago recognized the ecological importance
of the area and chose to live nearby in active retirement from
his position as first Director of the Canadian Wildlife Service.
Dr. Harrison Flint Lewis.
Centre has been a collaborative effort aided by volunteers. The
main building and bunk houses were built largely with timbers
milled by the grandson and great grandsons of Dr. Lewis from
logs grown on neighboring lands. The majority of furnishings,
appliances, and laboratory equipment were (and continue to be)
generously donated by a variety of individuals and organizations.
The Harrison Lewis
Coastal Discovery Centre Society is a registered charitable organization, governed by an all-volunteer
board of directors.
Anne van Loon, Sec. Tr.
Members at large:
Ex officio member:
Dirk van Loon
In the interest of supporting independent research pertaining
to the environment of the South Shore coastal region the Harrison
Lewis Centre has instituted a Research-In-Residence program.
Please contact the Centre for details.
There is much to do in maintaining facilities and programs at
the Harrison Lewis Centre. We invite volunteers to join us for
periods of up to two-weeks from May to October. In exchange for
help the centre provides food, lodging, and discounted rates
for seminars, workshops, etc. Contact the Centre for details.
Cash donations to build a bursary program and purchase supplies
are welcomed. As a registered charitable organization, receipts for tax purposes
can be issued. Donations of used tools, lab equipment, and
specific items of furniture are appreciated.