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President of legion dies

 By Craig Campbell, News Staff

Just the second female president of the Dundas Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in its history, Dawn Lewis helped oversee one of the strongest Legions in the province as a member and tireless volunteer.

Lewis died March 30 while on vacation in the Dominican Republic. She was 56. She was remembered this week at several services and celebrations of her life as a truly giving person who quietly offered her time and effort – particularly to animals and the SPCA and the local legion branch. The family has asked for donations to Valley City Legion Branch 36 or the SPCA, in lieu of flowers.

While serving as the Valley City Legion’s current president, Lewis was also chairing the canteen and ways and means committees.

In an interview with Hamilton Community News last November about upcoming Remembrance Day ceremonies and the local branch’s success in the face of various challenges, Lewis stressed how much the local volunteers do for Dundas, west Hamilton and Ancaster..

“We’re very big on giving back to the community,” Lewis said. “If there’s something someone needs, we’re there to help.

“I don’t know if people realize all the money we raise in Dundas and west Hamilton stays here. It doesn’t go into a big pool and get divvied up.”

Lewis is survived by her father, Jim, and siblings Earl, Dale, Tracy and Jamie. She has nine nephews and a niece.

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