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Henry Lewis Memorial Bike Ride

An 8-mile bike ride and gathering to honor Henry A. Lewis III
Saturday, December 4, 2010
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Bike Ride Meeting Point: Weeks Footbridge, Memorial Drive & Dewolfe St., Cambridge

A bike ride and gathering in memory of Henry A. Lewis III will be held on Saturday, December 4. The bike route is approximately 8 miles long and will include parts of Cambridge that were important to Henry. A gathering will be held at the Elks Lodge in Cambridge following the ride. All are welcome to attend the bike ride, gathering, or both. A map of the route is available online.

Bike Ride

9 a.m.
Meeting Point: Weeks Footbridge (Memorial Drive & Dewolfe St., Cambridge)
For a map and directions, visit: http://goo.gl/maps/WpAh

Gathering at the Elks Lodge

Doors open 10:30 a.m.
Program begins 11 a.m.
55 Bishop Allen Dr., Cambridge
For a map and directions, visit: http://goo.gl/maps/ilDd

For more information, call 617.665.3677 or email apless@challiance.org.

About Henry A. Lewis III

On November 13, 2010, veteran, health and community advocate, educator, Cambridge Bicycle Committee and Cambridge Peace Commission volunteer Henry Lewis died unexpectedly in his home in Cambridge.

To say that Henry’s passing was unexpected is more than an understatement. Henry was 47 and in his prime – a paragon of physical fitness whose energy and goodwill were known throughout Cambridge. Henry embraced the whole of Cambridge – from the dearest friends to the most remote stranger – with the same infectious cheer and generosity that was his hallmark. He was indefatigable in his love of Cambridge and in his desire to improve the well-being of its residents.

Henry was deeply concerned with the well-being of veterans, of men, of communities of color, and of our city. Through the Men’s Health League, he organized fitness programs that served nearly every sector of the community. Every Saturday morning possible – rain or shine – he led his famous bike rides along the Minuteman Trail, a 22-mile round trip to Bedford and back, guiding experts and the least-experienced alike with his encouragements and well-known bullhorn. He also worked part-time at the Suffolk County House of Corrections teaching vocational skills to those incarcerated there, helping them be better prepared for their return to society.

Henry’s passion for life, his devotion to his calling, his resilience in the face of adversity, and his ability to transform suffering into joy remains truly inspiring.

Henry is survived by his daughter, Anna Lucille Lewis; his parents, Lucille and Henry A. Lewis, Jr.; four siblings, Mark Lewis, Kemiko Y. Lawrence, LaMont C. Lewis, Takasha Young; his fiancée, Ariel Botta, five nephews, one niece, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations will kindly be accepted by “The Henry A. Lewis Memorial Fund,” established by his family at Leader Bank, 675 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge MA 02139.

— excerpted from the program for Henry’s funeral —