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HARRIMAN, Lewis G. Jr.

HARRIMAN, Lewis G. Jr.

HARRIMAN - Lewis G. Jr. Age 99, died Tuesday, April 1, 2015 in Portsmouth, NH. Born in New York City in 1916 to Lewis G. and Grace B. Harriman, he moved with his family to Buffalo, NY in 1919, where he lived until 1998. In that year he moved to Portsmouth upon the death of his wife of 51 years, Helen (Burrows) Harriman. Educated at Nichols School (1933) and Punahou School (1934), he received his AB from Dartmouth in 1938 and an MBA from Tuck School of Business in 1939. In April 1941 he was drafted into the Army as a private. He ended his military service as a Major in 1945, serving on the general staff after commanding an artillery battery in Hawaii. Returning to Buffalo, he worked as insulation marketing manager for National Gypsum, and then for 29 years as Vice President of Community Development at M&T Bank. His smoothest move was marrying Helen Burrows of Buffalo, NY, with whom he shared 51 years of marriage and three children. Perfectly aligned in values and relentless optimism, and complementary in temperament, skills and interests, Lew and Helen worked joyfully and tirelessly to make the Buffalo community a better place. His community interests were varied and all-encompassing, on both the state and local level. He chaired the Mayor's technical advisory committee to modernize Buffalo's housing code in 1965, allowing the return of federal funding for low-income housing. Bridging the gap between community activists and the political establishment, he was instrumental in winning funding to create Buffalo's light rail system, serving as the long-time Chair of the Area Committee for Transit (ACT). For 25 years, he served Calasanctius School as board member and Vice Chair. He also served as Chair of the New York State Governor's Advisory Committee on Vocational Education, and Buffalo's East Side Youth Development Council which provided opportunities for disadvantaged youths. A life-long conservative Republican, Lew's friends and closest collaborators were most often far-left Democrats and leaders of minority communities, with whom he shared annoyance and impatience with those in power who failed to notice and act to meet the needs of their community and of those who are less fortunate in the lottery of their birth circumstances. Beyond his devotion to fatherhood, community development, skiing and tennis, he was a great student of history and enjoyed writing poems in the Japanese Haiku tradition, one of which neatly summarizes the way he lived his
99-year life: Wholeness: Action and passion... In search of truth and justice... Are their own rewards. He is survived by his son, Lewis G. Harriman III of Portsmouth, NH (and wife Cynthia); by his daughter, Raimonde H. Manch of Phoenix, AZ (and husband Richard) and his son Frederick S. Harriman of Vashon Island, WA (and wife Takayo). He is also survived by one brother, Thomas J. Harriman of Santa Barbara, CA and a sister, Anne H. White of Juno Beach, FL and by six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, his brothers William B. and John H. Harriman, and by his sisters Elizabeth H. Bean and Joan H. Dann. A memorial service and celebration of Lew's life will be held on Saturday, September 26 at 10:30 AM at Trinity Church, 371 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. Long ago, in lieu of memorial flowers Lew suggested donations of your time and financial support for your preferred means of improving your community, or for those less fortunate than ourselves.

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