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Jason (Aka Jeremy) Lewis
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In memory of
Jason (Aka Jeremy) Lewis
Jason (aka Jeremy) Lewis Palm Springs - "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta' put up with the rain" Dolly Parton Jason was born in Greenwich Village, NYC to Freeman and Julia Lewis. He had an older sister, Jennifer Newsome, now deceased, and two younger brothers, Stephen, now deceased, and Bradford who lives in Buffalo, NY. His parents named him Jeremy, but at a young age he changed his name to Jason for professional reasons. He showed a variety of talents at a young age; he sold his first painting at 16 and his first short story at 19. He was a successful actor and performer who would enjoy success in radio, television, the theater and movies over the course of his lifetime. Perhaps his most defining characteristic was a wonderful curiosity about, as he put it, "most everything". After his 1957 graduation from the Woodstock Country School in South Woodstock, VT, Jason successfully auditioned for the drama department at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, PA. While at school, he worked at local radio stations WEEP and WAMO. He left college for Los Angeles in 1959 to appear in a series of films made expressly for the "teenage movie market, lithe drive-in, grind house audience " as he explained it. By 1961, he had moved to Manhattan for two more teen films and work in radio and TV. Jason was drafted into the Army in 1962 and was sent to Ft. Huachuca, AZ as a Public Information Officer which gave him a chance to expand on his previous professional experience. Later, while holding the title of Press Officer, he simultaneously wrote news and feature material for the post newspaper, The Huachuca Scout, the post channel TV station, and enjoyed success with a syndicated newspaper column called 'As It Were'. He created a special film crew and wrote and produced feature material on Army events nationwide. After his discharge in 1964, Jason accepted a management position as the Advertising Director of a new radio station in Gainesville, FL. He created and hosted a midday radio show called 'The Woman's World'. A year later, he was offered a position with New York Media Group, a young multi-media company with a group of radio stations and weekly newspapers. While serving as the Advertising and Marketing Director for WCTC-AM & FM in New Brunswick, NJ, Jason introduced talk radio to the area with the 'On Call' show. One show explored the new area of computer dating. Jason proved to be an excellent student of this new medium as Jason married his guest for that night, Judith Farley of Oldwick, NJ in 1967. Their daughter, Kristen Lewis Chambers and his grandson, Ryan, now live in Brookfield, WI. Judith died of cancer in 1986. Jason left the entertainment business in 1975 after enjoying success as the host of a syndicated Washington, DC TV show called 'Controversy' and serving as the Executive Producer of 'Passport Radio' which he created for Nassau Broadcasting in Princeton, NJ. He became a professional recruiter and founded Pure Search, Inc., a headhunting firm specializing in the capital medical and analytical instrument industries. "Often when you think you are at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else." Fred Rogers Despite these accomplishments, within a few years Jason changed his life drastically. He surrendered to his alcoholism in 1981 and entered rehabilitation, intensive therapy, and initiated his lifelong commitment to sobriety and recovery from the severe trauma he had suffered as a child. Shortly after starting his recovery journey, Jason returned to school to become a certified alcoholism counselor. He secured an internship at Fair Oaks Hospital in Summit, NJ and became an early worker in the rapidly developing "adult children of alcoholics" movement. At the same time, he changed his headhunting company to AL-Consult, a firm offering business services to the substance abuse treatment industry. By 1988, Jason had become a licensed therapist with a variety of certifications and he opened The Deerwood Center in Somerset, NJ that provided treatment for clients suffering from the effects of severe childhood abuse. The center quickly grew from a single office to a multi-program facility offering treatment for adult children of alcoholics, eating disorders, survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence, marriage and family, and recovery plus following in-patient treatment. As Jason continued his own training, adding both clinical hypnotherapy and behavioral medicine certifications, his focus began to specialize in trauma and identity disorders. Jason eventually expanded his services from providing individual and group therapy to his own clients to offering workshops and training for other therapists. "It is possible to live happily ever after on a day-to day basis." Alexander Solzhenitsyn In 1994, Jason met Marjory Edson Perrine and was immediately captivated by her smile and amazing spirit. Two years later, the couple were married in Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ridgewood NJ where the couple settled down together. Her two sons, Gregory, who lives in Hanover, MD, and Randall, who lives with his wife Celinda and two sons, Connor and Alex, in Columbia, MD, joined Kristen in the newly-blended family. Five years later, the couple retired and set out to satisfy their shared sense of adventure and appreciation of the arts. Jason returned to acting as a member of the Bergen County Players in Oradell, NJ, and Marjy, a talented singer, dancer, and actress who had appeared on Broadway in two separate shows and traveled the country with national touring companies, joined him. With matching energy and enthusiasm, the couple soon began appearing on stage with a half dozen community theaters in northern and central New Jersey. Together and apart, they appeared in more than 50 productions over a nine-year period. Early in their marriage, Jason and Marjy discovered adventure expeditions and were soon exploring the world with specialized companies such as Llindblad Travel. They were soon up close and personal with wildlife in exotic settings such as Iceland, the Galapagos, The Sea of Cortez and Copper Canyon, Costa Rica and Alaska. They added river travel on the Rhine, the Danube and the Seine, and went exploring by car across the United States and Europe. In 2010 they discovered Palm Springs, CA and six months later had left Ridgewood, NJ for the Coachella Valley. They quickly immersed themselves with the local live theater community, both performing and working offstage with the Palm Canyon Theatre, Dezart Performs, The Desert Rose and Desert Theatre Works. They also delighted in exploring the whole of the West Coast and continued world travelling, exploring such places as Spain and Portugal, the islands of the Mediterranean, Norway, the Shetland and Orkney islands and other remote places of wonder. They spent their holidays flying east to visit with their children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and other friends and family members. Jason served on the board of the Indian Canyon Neighborhood Organization. Marjy became active in The Well in the Desert, serving the homeless. Together the couple produced an on-line newsletter, Tales of the Valley which investigated the lighter side of life in SoCal and had readers across the country. The two also reshaped their long time Giving Fund to help some 55 different charities and organizations, focusing on smaller local organizations that might not receive the attention and generous funding enjoyed by the major charities, as well as on special donations for disaster relief. Marjy was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2018 and died on August 10. Jason continued their active participation in local theater and continued Marjy's support for The Well in the Desert. In March of 2019 Jason suffered a serious injury while rehearsing for' Shakespeare in Love' at the Palm Canyon Theatre in Palm Springs. He died from complications from that injury on November 14, 2019. "If the only prayer in your whole life was 'Thank you', that would suffice". German Theologian Meister Eckhart
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Jason (Aka Jeremy) Lewis
Jason (aka Jeremy) Lewis Palm Springs - "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta' put up with the rain" Dolly Parton Jason was born in Greenwich Village, NYC to Freeman and Julia Lewis. He had an older sister, Jennifer Newsome, now deceased, and two younger brothers, Stephen, now deceased, and Bradford who lives in Buffalo, NY. His parents named him Jeremy, but at a young age he changed his name to Jason for professional reasons. He showed a variety of talents at a young age; he sold his first painting at 16 and his first short story at 19. He was a successful actor and performer who would enjoy success in radio, television, the theater and movies over the course of his lifetime. Perhaps his most defining characteristic was a wonderful curiosity about, as he put it, "most everything". After his 1957 graduation from the Woodstock Country School in South Woodstock, VT, Jason successfully auditioned for the drama department at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, PA. While at school, he worked at local radio stations WEEP and WAMO. He left college for Los Angeles in 1959 to appear in a series of films made expressly for the "teenage movie market, lithe drive-in, grind house audience " as he explained it. By 1961, he had moved to Manhattan for two more teen films and work in radio and TV. Jason was drafted into the Army in 1962 and was sent to Ft. Huachuca, AZ as a Public Information Officer which gave him a chance to expand on his previous professional experience. Later, while holding the title of Press Officer, he simultaneously wrote news and feature material for the post newspaper, The Huachuca Scout, the post channel TV station, and enjoyed success with a syndicated newspaper column called 'As It Were'. He created a special film crew and wrote and produced feature material on Army events nationwide. After his discharge in 1964, Jason accepted a management position as the Advertising Director of a new radio station in Gainesville, FL. He created and hosted a midday radio show called 'The Woman's World'. A year later, he was offered a position with New York Media Group, a young multi-media company with a group of radio stations and weekly newspapers. While serving as the Advertising and Marketing Director for WCTC-AM & FM in New Brunswick, NJ, Jason introduced talk radio to the area with the 'On Call' show. One show explored the new area of computer dating. Jason proved to be an excellent student of this new medium as Jason married his guest for that night, Judith Farley of Oldwick, NJ in 1967. Their daughter, Kristen Lewis Chambers and his grandson, Ryan, now live in Brookfield, WI. Judith died of cancer in 1986. Jason left the entertainment business in 1975 after enjoying success as the host of a syndicated Washington, DC TV show called 'Controversy' and serving as the Executive Producer of 'Passport Radio' which he created for Nassau Broadcasting in Princeton, NJ. He became a professional recruiter and founded Pure Search, Inc., a headhunting firm specializing in the capital medical and analytical instrument industries. "Often when you think you are at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else." Fred Rogers Despite these accomplishments, within a few years Jason changed his life drastically. He surrendered to his alcoholism in 1981 and entered rehabilitation, intensive therapy, and initiated his lifelong commitment to sobriety and recovery from the severe trauma he had suffered as a child. Shortly after starting his recovery journey, Jason returned to school to become a certified alcoholism counselor. He secured an internship at Fair Oaks Hospital in Summit, NJ and became an early worker in the rapidly developing "adult children of alcoholics" movement. At the same time, he changed his headhunting company to AL-Consult, a firm offering business services to the substance abuse treatment industry. By 1988, Jason had become a licensed therapist with a variety of certifications and he opened The Deerwood Center in Somerset, NJ that provided treatment for clients suffering from the effects of severe childhood abuse. The center quickly grew from a single office to a multi-program facility offering treatment for adult children of alcoholics, eating disorders, survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence, marriage and family, and recovery plus following in-patient treatment. As Jason continued his own training, adding both clinical hypnotherapy and behavioral medicine certifications, his focus began to specialize in trauma and identity disorders. Jason eventually expanded his services from providing individual and group therapy to his own clients to offering workshops and training for other therapists. "It is possible to live happily ever after on a day-to day basis." Alexander Solzhenitsyn In 1994, Jason met Marjory Edson Perrine and was immediately captivated by her smile and amazing spirit. Two years later, the couple were married in Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ridgewood NJ where the couple settled down together. Her two sons, Gregory, who lives in Hanover, MD, and Randall, who lives with his wife Celinda and two sons, Connor and Alex, in Columbia, MD, joined Kristen in the newly-blended family. Five years later, the couple retired and set out to satisfy their shared sense of adventure and appreciation of the arts. Jason returned to acting as a member of the Bergen County Players in Oradell, NJ, and Marjy, a talented singer, dancer, and actress who had appeared on Broadway in two separate shows and traveled the country with national touring companies, joined him. With matching energy and enthusiasm, the couple soon began appearing on stage with a half dozen community theaters in northern and central New Jersey. Together and apart, they appeared in more than 50 productions over a nine-year period. Early in their marriage, Jason and Marjy discovered adventure expeditions and were soon exploring the world with specialized companies such as Llindblad Travel. They were soon up close and personal with wildlife in exotic settings such as Iceland, the Galapagos, The Sea of Cortez and Copper Canyon, Costa Rica and Alaska. They added river travel on the Rhine, the Danube and the Seine, and went exploring by car across the United States and Europe. In 2010 they discovered Palm Springs, CA and six months later had left Ridgewood, NJ for the Coachella Valley. They quickly immersed themselves with the local live theater community, both performing and working offstage with the Palm Canyon Theatre, Dezart Performs, The Desert Rose and Desert Theatre Works. They also delighted in exploring the whole of the West Coast and continued world travelling, exploring such places as Spain and Portugal, the islands of the Mediterranean, Norway, the Shetland and Orkney islands and other remote places of wonder. They spent their holidays flying east to visit with their children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and other friends and family members. Jason served on the board of the Indian Canyon Neighborhood Organization. Marjy became active in The Well in the Desert, serving the homeless. Together the couple produced an on-line newsletter, Tales of the Valley which investigated the lighter side of life in SoCal and had readers across the country. The two also reshaped their long time Giving Fund to help some 55 different charities and organizations, focusing on smaller local organizations that might not receive the attention and generous funding enjoyed by the major charities, as well as on special donations for disaster relief. Marjy was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2018 and died on August 10. Jason continued their active participation in local theater and continued Marjy's support for The Well in the Desert. In March of 2019 Jason suffered a serious injury while rehearsing for' Shakespeare in Love' at the Palm Canyon Theatre in Palm Springs. He died from complications from that injury on November 14, 2019. "If the only prayer in your whole life was 'Thank you', that would suffice". German Theologian Meister Eckhart
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Palm Springs, CA 92264
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