Life Story / Obituary
With a journey that spanned times of great change in the world around him, Lewis Lim fully embraced each and every day he was given. He worked hard and was well known within his community with a fun-loving personality that made him the heartbeat of wherever he went. A family man through and through, Lewis was more than willing to do whatever he could for his loved ones in ways both great and small. He enjoyed so many of the best things that life has to offer, but what made these things so extraordinary was sharing them with the ones he loved. Life will never be the same without Lewis here, but he leaves behind a priceless collection of memories that his loved ones will forever hold near and dear to their hearts.
Although there was much unrest in Taishan, Canton, China, as the year 1946 dawned, Jun Liu and Shui Fong Lam were filled with great anticipation as they were eagerly awaiting the birth of their new baby as the calendar turned to usher in the month of February. Their wait was finally over when the baby boy they named Lewis takes his first breath on February 13th that year. He was one of four children in his family and was raised in both Hong Kong and the United States alongside his siblings, Lisa, Betty, and Sandy. Lewis’ parents were restaurant owners and instilled within him a strong work ethic. Lewis attended local schools where he excelled in his studies. He was also a talented basketball player who was almost sent to Japan for additional training, however, he had to move to the United States instead.
New and exciting changes were in store for Lewis when he met the woman of his dreams. Her name was Kimberly, and they were introduced by a family friend. That date led to more dates, and it didn’t take them long to fall deeply in love. With a desire to spend the rest of their lives together Lewis and Kimberly were married. He has two daughters, Michelle and Angela. To support his family, Lewis owned many restaurants and was widely known as an amazing chef. In addition to making the best food, he was also loved by customers and employees alike for how kind and funny he was to work with. As his daughters grew and had families of their own, Lewis couldn’t have been happier. He was there for whatever his family needed, and he was filled with unspeakable joy to witness his family grow to include four grandsons, Alex, Nick, Christopher (Ottie), and Lucas.
Throughout his life Lewis was one to keep busy. He was a city council member as a notary for the City of Farmington, and he also traveled extensively. Over the years Lewis went to places like the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Toronto, and New York. Although his work kept him very busy, he did enjoy card games, mahjong, golf, singing, dancing, cooking, and eating. Lewis had a strong appreciation for music and enjoyed Rod Stewart, Elvis, Chinese opera, and music from The Sound of Music. Throughout his life Lewis was a dog lover.
With a contagious zest for life, Lewis Lim made the world around him so much fun. He was always the loudest person in the room and could talk over everyone, which made him unmistakable among a crowd. He was so hilarious, too. Lewis was also widely known for being kindhearted and completely dedicated to the people and things he believed in with a spirit of generosity that had no equal. Social and outgoing, Lewis was a vital member of the community he called home throughout much of his life. Deeply loved, he will be forever missed.
Lewis Lim of Novi passed away peacefully March 2, 2018. Beloved husband of Kimberly Chen. Cherished father of Angela and Michelle. Dearest grandfather of 4 grandsons Alex, Nick, Christopher (Ottie) and Lucas. A visitation will be held on Wednesday 1-8pm at Neely-Turowski Funeral Home 30200 Five Mile (Between Middlebelt and Merriman), where a funeral service will be held on Thursday 11am. To share a favorite memory and/or photo of Lewis and to sign the online guestbook, please visit www.turowskilifestory.com