It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, partner and sister April Lewis on January 27, 2024 at the age of 61. Born in Toronto ON, to Allison Patrick and Stan Bradshaw. Eldest sister to Robin Thomas, Christa Patrick, and David Patrick. Devoted partner to Leslie Paulding of London. Mother to four beautiful children; Brandy Fournier (Jamie), Shawn Lewis (Michelle), Shaylynn Fletcher, and Jesy Muise (Matthew). Grandmother to 13 wonderful grandchildren; Cody, Chandler, Destiny, Cassidy, Emily, Colten, Aiden, Alice, Ava, Alivia, Memphys, Greydon and Maximus. Great-grandmother to sweet Violet and Atlas. She will be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews.
April had a deep love of music, crafting and especially her indigenous culture; embracing and missing her home, Serpent River First Nation in Cutler, Ontario. She always had plans to return to her childhood home and final resting place. April loved to bake and serve her community through traditional fry breads and desserts. Everyone was always welcome around her kitchen table, especially community members who did not have anywhere else to go. April was able to create deep, meaningful connections with those around her and could always bring laughter to a dark room. Her grandchildren meant absolutely everything to her along with her fur baby Charlie!
She always danced to the beat of her own drum and believed rules were (at times) made to be broken. She will be dearly missed by all who loved her. April, we all wish you well on your journey back to the spirit world, Baamaapii (Until we see you again).
Cremation has taken place as per April’s wishes and will be shared amongst a few loved ones while the remaining are laid to rest over her mothers resting place in Serpent River.
A small celebration of life will be held in honor of April on Saturday, March 9th at The Best Western Lamplighter Inn and Conference Centre, Chelsea Room, 591 Wellington Rd, London. Close family and friends are invited to arrive by noon, a short ceremony will commence at 1:00 PM with a small luncheon to follow. Cremation & Celebrations, ARVA entrusted with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Anova London’s Women’s Shelter or the Humane Society London Middlesex.