elevated hz37I 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 hz37I 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 hz37I April 10, 1970 – November 25, 2019
elevated hz37I Jerome “Jeromeo” Stephen Lew, 49, of Markham, Ontario, Passed away peacefully after a 2-year fight with cancer.
elevated hz37I Born in Kingston, Jamaica, to Gerald and Barbara Lew, Jerome immigrated to Canada with his family when he was 5 years old.
elevated hz37I 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 hz37I 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 hz37I In 2016, he joined the EZ Passport family, of which he will always be a part of.
elevated hz37I 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 hz37I 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 hz37I 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 hz37I 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 hz37I 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 hz37I 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 hz37I 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 hz37I 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 hz37I 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 hz37I We miss you.