Lewis Anderson, Jr., 76, of New York City, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2020.
He was born on October 16, 1943, and raised in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan alongside his older brother, Bobby, by his hard-working single-mother, Dorothy Anderson. Drafted into the Army in 1966, he qualified and volunteered for Officer Candidate School which he graduated from and returned to train other prospective officers. He served in the Vietnam War as First Lieutenant, 25th Infantry Divison from 1967-1968, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritious achievement in ground operations. After the war, he returned to join the Army Reserves and retired from the Army with the rank of Captain.
Upon returning to New York, Lew got his degree from New York City College and married the love of his life, Jenise Marie Guyre on July 2, 1977. They moved into the Gramercy Park neighborhood after their wedding and remained in the same building for the next 34-years before retiring to Little Falls, NJ.
Lew worked in the job placement field for the majority of his career and started his own firm, J.M. Laker, in Midtown Manhattan. He prided himself on helping people find the best position to provide for themselves and their families, often providing pro-bono services to neighbors and friends.
Lew was active in the community, coaching both of his children's teams in Peter-Stuyvesant Little League and Manhattan Kickers over the years (with a few championships to show for it). Lew joined the board of PSLL in the mid-90s and proudly contributed to the league's efforts procuring infield grass for the baseball diamonds.
A life-long fan of the outdoors, Lew and his wife Jenise were avid hikers and bikers throughout the Bear Mountain region. Lew was a loyal fan of the New York sports teams and an athlete in his own right enjoying tennis, golf, and basketball. He also had a keen interest in the sciences and global affairs, staying current throughout his life.
Lewis is survived by his loving wife, Jenise Guyre-Anderson; his two children: Kerri Hendry and Martin Anderson; his grandson: Morgan Hendry V, and his brother: Robert Edwards.
Memorial contributions can be made to Vietnam Veterans of America (https://vva.org/).
An additional posting can be found in the June 7th, Sunday edition of The New York Times — his paper of record.
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Vietnam Veterans of America