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Master carpenter Mitche Lewis died July 7 after a short illness. He was 67.

A frequent guest at Triton Networking events, Mr. Lewis was recognizable with his deck-brimmed “got wood?” baseball cap, his bushy white mustache and his ready smile.

“Mitche was actually the only carpenter that I have known who went through a formal apprenticeship program as a young man, and he was truly a master carpenter,” friend Capt. Jack Chew said. “Mitche had a cabinet shop in an Oakland Park warehouse when I met him in the early 2000s, but his primary business at the time was in restoration for insurance companies.”

Mitche Lewis June 27, 1951-July 7, 2018

Mr. Lewis also enjoyed rare and antique machines. He drove an old Jaguar station wagon, and restored antique outboard motors. In fact, he had a collection of about 200 antique outboards at the time of his death. There will be an auction of these and other items on Oct. 27 at 1127 N.E. Ninth Ave. at 11 a.m.

His South Florida friends will be holding a celebration of his life this Saturday, Oct. 13, from 4-7 p.m. at the Police Officers Association hall, 4500 S.W. 13 St. (33317) and request an RSVP by Wednesday to jnmchew@gmail.com in order to prepare enough food.

Celebration of Life notice:

Mitche’s friends, business acquaintances, and family are invited to join in a celebration of his life and a final farewell to our friend and co-worker. You are encouraged to tell stories, make jokes at his expense, and eat and drink to his memory. There will be a final toast at sunset.

Dress for the occasion will be informal, preferably with a loud print shirt and shorts; flip flops and t-shirts are also acceptable.

PLEASE RSVP TO JACK CHEW, JNMCHEW@GMAIL.COM, NO LATER THAN 10/10/18 WITH AN ACCEPTANCE AND AN INDICATION OF HOW MANY WILL BE IN YOUR PARTY. It is very important that you do this so plans can be made for food and beverage service.

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