Iain Lewis

April 5, 1971 ~ August 13, 2011

Iain Fitzgerald Lewis, 40, of Moss Bluff passed away from this life Saturday, August 13, 2011 in his residence.

Iain was born in Jinotepe, Nicaragua on April 5, 1971. He moved to the United States with his family in 1978 and lived in Florida , Colorado and Kansas until he graduated from Western High School in Wichita , Kansas . He began college at the University of Kansas and achieved his chemical engineering degree in only 3 and a half years.

After working in Houston for a short time he made his way to Lake Charles , LA where he had a long career at BioLab, Inc. For the last five years he has been a devoted and revered employee at PPG.

Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of seven years, Maria Tartamella Lewis and his beautiful three year old daughter, Gianna Elyse Lewis of Moss Bluff; his parents, Dr. Soledad and Dr. Gerald Lewis of Bonner Springs, KS; a sister, Geraldine Lewis and Anthony Salvato of Bonner Springs, KS; two brothers, Dr. Robert Lewis and his wife Angelique of Tampa, FL and Gerald Lewis, Jr. and wife Lesbia of Jinotepe, Nicaragua; a niece, Madeleine Lewis of Tampa, FL; two nephews, Stephen Lewis of Bonner Springs, KS and Duilio Lewis of Jinotepe, Nicaragua; mother and father-in-law, Angel and Frank Tartamella of Lake Charles; and a brother-in-law, Vinnie Tartamella of Lake Charles.

Iain will be remembered for his brilliant mind, kind nature, gentle spirit, loyal friendships, hilarious sense of humor, encouraging words, strong devotion to his family and his deep love for his wife and daughter. His memory will be cherished and his presence will be missed beyond measure.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 18, 2011 in Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Monsignor Daniel Torres will officiate. Fr. Wayne LeBleu, Fr. Whitney Miller, and Monsignor Charles Dubois will concelebrate. Burial will be in Consolata Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM. A rosary will be held at 3:00 PM and a scripture service will be held at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue on Thursday from 8:00 AM until 10:45 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Abrazando Cristo Mission Program to Nicaragua, 414 Iris St., Lake Charles, LA 70601; or to New Life Counseling, 631 E. School St., Lake Charles , LA 70607 .

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Memories Timeline


  1. Dear Gerald and Soledad, Our hearts and prayers are with you. May God comfort you in this tragic time. With love, the White family

  2. Dear Maria,I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you, Gianna, Iain, and the entire family. May He comfort and guide you all.

  3. Dear Mr Mrs Lewis and family. It's hard to know what to say, except that we are thinking of you. Nothing we can say will ease your pain but we just wanted to let you know our thoughts and my prayers are with you and your family through this heartbreaking time. I wish I could gather the right words to make your pain less and offer you some comfort. May you feel the Love of God embrace you during this difficult time and forever. Please know that God holds him in his arms. God bless you. Love to you and your family. Yoli and Federico

  4. Dear Uncle Gerald y Tia Chola y chicos. Our love and prayers are with you as we celebrate Ian's life and joy. Love Gina

  5. Dearest Angel, Frank, Maria, Gianna, Vinnie, Iain's parents and family. You have my most sincere sympathy. May Iain rest in Peace.May God's Peace be with you all.

  6. Dearest Family,It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Iain. May he now find the peace that eluded him on this earth and may we all find the comfort and strength in each other to overcome the challenges that befall us.Please know that we are with you through this and all.Love, Cuki and Family

  7. Dr. and Mrs. Lewis: Alan and I were so sorry to hear of the loss of Iain. We know that he is being held in God's hands right now. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts, hearts and prayers.Sincerely, Elaine and Alan King

  8. Dr. Lewis and Family,No one can ease the pain of the loss you have suffered, but I know that Iain's spirit is safely held in God's merciful love now and that God will lend all of you the strength to carry on without Iain's presence in your lives. Even if he is not there in body, he will never leave your hearts. You are all in my prayers.

  9. God's Will be done and may his wings cover all at this time and may the Comforter be with you. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Adam Doris

  10. I am so sorry for your loss. I know Iain was a light in all of your lives. I hope he has found peace and that you will too. We are thinking and praying for all of you and hope you can find some comfort in the love that surely surrounds you. Love, Michelle and Eric

  11. I knew Iain to be a kind, intelligent, and caring person. Maria, I pray for your consolation and personal strength as you journey through this unthinkable time. May the memory of Iain's goodness outlast the pain of his loss.Love and prayers, Jeff Taylor

  12. I wish to present my deepest condolences to the Lewis family during this time of great sorrow. I am sure Iain was a great man; a loving father, son, brother and friend. He was my childhood friend from the old days in Jinotepe Nicaragua, one of those who I will never forget. May the Peace of Our Lord Almighty be upon all of you; today, and for the days to come.

  13. Iain will be missed by so many people. He was the soft spoken, good humored, kind hearted person that brought people together. He was my life advisor who always had the right answer – whether it was a problem in class, relationship advice, or a career choice. My heart is broken that he is no longer with us. My deepest condolences go to all of the Lewis family. There were few conversations that I had with Iain where he didn't speak of the positive influences of his parents, brother, sister, wife and daughter on his life.

  14. It is with great sorrow that I have recdeived the sad news of the sudden and untimely passing. There are no words to adequately describe. When PPG plant faced troubles, we always discussed and tried to find the best solution. Mr. Iain Lewis was always key person in the discussion. He also was very considetate of and affectionate to us and comprehended the technology and our standpoint of Chlorine Engineers. I send my profoundest sympathy.

  15. Maria and Giana,You and your family are in my prayers. I am deeply sorry for your loss. May God's grace be abundant as you grieve.

  16. Maria Family: Please accept our condolences for the loss of Iain. Though we have never met him, we can only imagine what a great man, husband father if anything like you. Please know that we are praying for your family and would like to extend our hearts and hands in love support for you as you navigate these waters. We are truly caught by surprise and at a loss for words in this, but our prayers are strong and specific to your needs. Please dont hesitate to contact us should there be anything we may handle or assist you with. Love, Tim, Sarah Kathryn Palombo / Humble, TX (

  17. Maria please know that you and Gianna, and all of your family, are in the thoughts and prayers of all of us here at Volunteers of America. We are praying for Iain as well.

  18. Maria, I am so sorry for your loss. You and Gianna are in my heart and my thoughts. I am sorry that I couldn't be there for you in person as you were for me, but I was with you in spirit. I love you!

  19. Maria, It was late Sunday afternoon when I heard of Ian's passing through a phone call from a BioLab employee. I was deeply saddned and as I shared the bad news with Joanie, we both broke down, hugged and cried while standing in our kitchen in the presence of other family members. We loved Iain – he was a kind and caring person, always ready to assist. I will cherish the times I had the pleasure of working with him at BioLab. Because of previous commitments out of town, I deeply regret the we were not able to be at the funeral for you and Gianna. Please know that you both have been in our thoughts and prayers since Sunday and I hope that the Lord will give you the strength to carry on as you struggle with this sudden loss.Still grieving,Dermot Joanie Wong

  20. Maria, We are sorry for your loss. Know that we are sending our angels to watch and guard over you and Gianna during this time. Our prayers are with you and your family always,Missie Duane and the girls

  21. Maria, words cannot express how heart broken we are for you,Gianna and both families. We continue to pray for you daily during your loss. We Love You, Barbara and Nolan Stokeld

  22. Maria,We are so sorry for your loss, we will be praying for you, Gianna and your families. Much love, Donna and Russell Landry, Mrs. JoAnn, Mr. Bobby, David,Gloria,Keith, and Mark Pickett,and Kevin Pickett

  23. May the joyful moments of Iains life help you in this time of sorrow and profound affliction. With love Lovece Family

  24. Mi mas sentido pesame para toda la familia. Que Dios y la Virgen Maria derrame sobre ustedes su misericordia y les brinde fortaleza para poder sobrellevar este dolor. Mis pensamientos y oraciones estan con todos ustedes.

  25. My dearest Maria Gianna,Know that I love you both with every inch of my being although I cannot be there with you I am with you in spirit. I will never forget the day you and Iain were married and danced together for the first time as husband and wife…the look of complete and adoring love as the two of you shared that moment will forever be in my memory. The two of you had such a special, rare love and I will miss him greatly. I love you Re.Michelle

  26. My heart aches for my wonderful friend, Maria, and her beautiful family. I am here for you, girlfriend, anytime you need me.Love you, Kathy

  27. My heart goes out to all the family at this most difficult and tragic time,but I know God is ever so present to all of you with His Love and Comfort. My prayers and deepest synpathy to all!!

  28. My sincere condolences to Iain's family. It was my pleasure to work with Iain at PPG. He worked with intelligence, diligence and integrity. But beyond his work Iain will be missed for his positive attitude, his friendly personality and his great sense of humor.

  29. On the arrival of this extremely sad news, I express my deepest condolences. And I pray that you may rest in peace.

  30. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the death of Mr. Iain Lewis.Yukio InagakiPresident CEOChlorine Electrolyzer Corp.

  31. Time is a funny thing; friends are here one day and not the next. I lost a great friend and it wasnt until he was gone that I realized how much time had passed since I saw him last. Iain Lewis is one of the best people I ever knew. I am blessed that he was in my life and will truly miss him. I know anyone who called him friend feels the same. As we walk through life we meet people who influence you in one way or the other. Some in positive ways and others in negative, but all are needed to make you the person you are and will be. I will carry with me, for the rest of my life, the memory and love for my friend and brother Iain Lewis. R.I.P. my friend, you will be missed by all.

  32. To Iain's Family,Working with Iain as advisor to his AIChE Presidency was one of the highlights of my years at KU. He was able, as an underclassman, to move AIChE forward by developing a team with good humor, dedication and self-deprication. Iain is one of the few of the 1000 students I taught at the junior and senior level. He will be missed by his then-colleagues at KU and by me. This pales to void that you must feel with his untimely death. My prays rise for Maria and Gianna and, his brother, Robert. He made being a professor fun, challenging and rewarding. Iain, you will be missed.Chip

  33. To the Lewis Family -There are no words that I can find to express my sorrow for Iain's untimely passing.Iain has always been and will always be in my thoughts.To watch him grow from a college student, to an independant man, to a husband, and finally a father was an unbelievable journey. I am truly honored to have had the chance to know him. I only wish it could have been for longer.I'm sure we all have great and happy stories that we can tell about Iain. I encourage us all to think about those times and remember Iain for what he gave to us not just what we've lost.God speed my friend.

  34. We are broken-hearted for you. There are no words for us to say that are big enough or adequate to remove the sadness or pain felt at this time so we will offer our prayers instead. May the presence, love and prayers of the many people who care bring you comfort through your loss.

  35. We are so sorry for the loss of your dear Ian. We thank you and Ian for having us in your home during a trying time for us and for you and Ian's generosity in taking in a mother and child during that time. We will never forget. God Bless you and Gianna. Richard Patti Darby

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