elevated l8Ict Visitation to be held on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home, 211 Langstaff Road East

elevated l8Ict Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10:45 a.m. in the Chapel of St. Joseph of the funeral home.

elevated l8Ict April 10, 1970 – November 25, 2019

elevated l8Ict Jerome “Jeromeo” Stephen Lew, 49, of Markham, Ontario, Passed away peacefully after a 2-year fight with cancer.

elevated l8Ict Born in Kingston, Jamaica, to Gerald and Barbara Lew, Jerome immigrated to Canada with his family when he was 5 years old.

elevated l8Ict Jerome studied business at Western University, but he put his future business degree to good use before graduation.  In 1991, Jerome and best-friend-forever Steve Lim opened their first business SignWaves, which eventually became Signs2Go.

elevated l8Ict The two soon became part of the Rapid Photo family, combining their love of technology and photography.  For more than 20 years, Jerome proudly ran both businesses in Malvern Town Centre, before closing everything in 2015 to deal with his health.

elevated l8Ict In 2016, he joined the EZ Passport family, of which he will always be a part of.

elevated l8Ict Loving son, devoted brother, doting uncle and amazing friend-cum-pseudo brother to many, Jerome was always the “puniest” person in the room.  Rare was there a conversation with Jerome that didn’t involve word play.  Usually delivered with a twinkle in his eye, his quick way with words was legendary.  In fact, Jerome’s friends wondered how often he stayed awake at night, just to think up and add to, his ever-growing arsenal of linguistic idioms.

elevated l8Ict His love of puns could only be rivalled by his love of food, specifically chicken, with Ketchup being a close second.  Jerome was every home cook’s dream because he always ate well and with gusto.  And in the last few years, he learned to make simple and home cooked meals.

elevated l8Ict Jerome enjoyed life’s simple pleasures: a comfy couch, a new episode of Magnum PI or Charmed, and a bowl of microwaved popcorn, were all he needed to be happy.

elevated l8Ict Easy-going and fun to be around, the children in his life loved to play with Uncle “Rome”. He never hesitated to run around, get silly or sit down for a board game.  In fact, we have it on good authority that Uncle Rome once wore a fairy crown and waved a star wand, just to get some giggles.  Some suspected this may have been due to his immaturity, but most believed this was because he had a big, happy and innocent heart.

elevated l8Ict Jerome liked to walk on the sunny side of the street.  Ever-optimistic, he always saw the best in people.  He was also understanding and forgiving.  Anybody who ever had a disagreement with Jerome would know that everything would be water under the bridge the next day.

elevated l8Ict Some may be surprised to learn that Jerome was a big softie.  Sad movie scenes, such as the death of Mufasa in The Lion King, and even not-so-sad scenes, such as the entirety of Aladdin, would bring tears to his eyes.  He was a sensitive soul who lived with his heart on his sleeve.

elevated l8Ict Generous in spirit, Jerome never hesitated to lend a helping hand.  Needed some muscle to move?  Jerome was there.  A special VIP visit with Santa for your Kid?  Jerome was there.  Desperately looking for an event photographer?  Jerome was there.  He was there when you needed him.  Always.

elevated l8Ict Jerome leaves behind his father Gerald, his step-mother Yvonne, his sister Andrea (Anthony), his nephews Aaron and Joey.  He is also survived by Auntie Gloria Lew, Auntie Evie Wilson, (Uncle Gordy), cousins and second cousins, David Wilson, Amaya, Gabe, Coral Wilson (Waddah), Saral Wilson (David), and Mike Low (Gloria), Adam and Hillary.

elevated l8Ict The world is a little emptier because one Jerome “Jeromeo” Stephen Lew is no longer with us.  But heaven will be a little punnier because of him.

elevated l8Ict We miss you.

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