Wright (Lefty) Lewis, a summer Edgartown visitor from 1970 through the early 1980s, died in Vero Beach, Fla., in April while vacationing with his wife Joyce and their children. He was 81.
Lefty was a big sailor as he, Joyce and their co-skipper Bob Donahue were to be seen in their Shields every race day. He also played a lot of tennis at the Edgartown Yacht Club, where he was a member for many years. Everyone who knew him will remember him for his always smiling face and capacity to have fun and make sure everyone around him also had fun.
He graduated from Newton High School in 1951 and Cornell University in 1955. He joined the Navy during the years between the Viet Nam and Korean wars. In 1965 he graduated from Harvard Business School and began a career on Wall Street. He became such a well-known personality that Oliver Stone cast him for a speaking part in the movie Wall Street.
After more than 30 years on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, he retired to Stowe, Vt.
Following his death the Stowe Reporter published a long tribute to him.
“Lefty is gone, and our world has lost a wonderful smile and a man of uplifting good humor. But he would not want his friends to be glum about it. He brought lightness and brightness everywhere he went, and a party in that spirit is being planned,” the newspaper wrote.
“Although Lefty had no official role in town, he might as well have been the mayor, or at least the CEO of local cheer. An avid skier and golfer, to ski or golf with Lefty was like skiing with the pope . . . Lefty lived a life of service and friendship and is remembered for his boyish enthusiasm, his exuberance and kindness.”