Lew Larrison was a leader who served in a variety of capacities at Westminster Community Center. He was someone whose opinion was valued and involvement was cherished. Lew loved to be involved with Westminster’s “Christmas Give Away”. Each year he would come and distribute turkeys and hams to the families that were served. Even when Lew felt he was physically unable to assist, he would still come to socialize with the families and volunteers. Lew was a faithful supporter of Westminster and will truly be missed.
Following are remembrances of Lew submitted by fellow board members:
“I will never forget the first time Lew and I met for lunch at Los Amigos to discuss the direction of Westminster. He asked me what I was getting for lunch and I stated that I was getting my usual dish — A California Burrito with chicken. He told the waitress he would have the same. When our meal came to the table his eyes got bigger than saucers and he asked if I was going to eat the whole thing. Of coarse, I consumed the whole burrito and he took half of his home for his supper meal. But it wasn’t long after that, with multiple visits to the restaurant, Lew found himself indulging in that wonderful dish with no leftovers to take home. I loved our talks as he would reminisce about the good old days; his childhood days, his service to his country, his marriage to his beloved wife, the growth of his family, his career in education, and involvement in the 1st Presbyterian Church. Our relationship became more than a board member meeting with his executive director — more than friends — Lew became like a grandfather to me! I will miss our times together, but I have memories that will last a lifetime. I imagine that when I see him in heaven that his first words will be, “Did you bring me a California Burrito?” – Jeff Kundert
“When I came to New Castle as an administrator in 1970 I considered Lew my mentor. We are members of the First Presbyterian Church so our paths crossed often there. He was responsible for me joining the Board of Directors of Westminster Community Center. He loved fishing in Canada and always had stories to tell about the success he had on those many trips over a cup of coffee. He loved reading and we exchanged books many times. He was an avid sports fan and could keep you up to date on his favorite teams. His daughters and grandchildren were important to him as was his brother and his family. He will be missed. Prayers for him and the family. God Bless.” – Herb Bunch
“I’ve known Lew for many years, and I was always so impressed with what he did for the community. I was always impressed by how much he did and how much he cared. He was so dedicated and willing. His automatic response to a request for help was, “Oh, sure!” – Janet Miller
Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Lew’s family. He will be remembered and missed by many.