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Conrad D’Andrea Lewis: A Celebration of Life (1964 – 2009)

Conrad’s You Tube Tribute

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2jR4wAP_w8

Three years ago to the date:

July 16, 2009

You pulled an abrupt 5-6-7-8 and exited stage left. Gosh we miss you. Indeed life has gone on, but it’s not the same without you. Your smile, your robust laugh, your “Color Purple” impersonations, your generous spirit and sweet soul. Your mere presence. We talk about you all the time Conrad, and by we, you know who I mean: Kezia, Crystal, Greg, Angela, Akia, Karen, and of course me and your best friend Vincent. Arguably, he misses you the most, but there are countless others.

I saw your mother at Mayor Alvin Brown’s Inaugural Gala (yeah man…we got a black mayor! Did you pull some strings in Heaven?)

Your mother (pictured on the right) looked radiant and happy and of course we talked about who? YOU. Your spirit dwells in every Jacksonville nook and cranny that commands celebration.

So many young talents in Jacksonville continue to soar thanks to your teaching gift, your extraordinaire choreography, your one of a kind rare-flair.

Click link to Florida Times-Union Obituary-Article

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2009-07-17/story/conrad_deandrea_lewis_44_alhambra_performer

Jacksonville, The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, Jacksonville Centre of the Arts, The Alhambra Dinner Theatre, stages, screens (and Nesbits) will never be the same without you. But I betcha (betcha, betcha) Heaven hasn’t been the same since you arrived. I love you always Conrad…MUAH!

The PDF file below

contains the article I wrote following Conrad’s untimely death. He’d die a second death if he knew he was placed beneath Peabo Bryson (and Snoop Dog!)

(Click your toolbar’s VIEW and ZOOM IN to read)

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4 comments on “Conrad D’Andrea Lewis: A Celebration of Life (1964 – 2009)

  1. Thank you Penny. I think of him constantly and i know he is gliding across the streets of gold in Heaven right now. This is the first thing i read this morning before my rehearsal with Norwegian Crusie Line. Thank yo for giving me the energy and strength to walk into this rehearsal a different way today. You have no idea what this article has done for me. This morning i will walk into my rehearsal as the lead and command the space and the stage. Thats what I know conrad wold do and expect of me. Thank you for a wonderful start to my day. it is my prayer that any other performer who knows conrad will be inspired to move forward in a similar way. GOD bless.

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    • No THANK YOU Dewitt! Conrad would be so proud of both you and the accomplishments of CooperMorgan. I am so grateful that his memory is honored and kept alive through the humility and dignity of artists like yourself. Continue to do good work and enjoy your Norwegian sail ~ P

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  2. If you take some sunshine, lots of laughter, two teddy bears, and the brightest smile this side of heaven, then you get a mere glimpse of Conrad Lewis. Everytime I think about Conrad, which is quite often, I feel the warmth of his presence telling me to laugh louder, love deeper, and live fuller. I think he knew a secret to life that I’m still trying to figure out. But man, am I blessed to have been able to share some time with him. Conrad lives. He lives in me and every soul he touched. (Thanks Penny for posting this page.)

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  3. If you take some sunshine, lots of laughter, two teddy bears, and the brightest smile this side of heaven, then you get a mere glimpse of Conrad Lewis. Everytime I think about Conrad, which is quite often, I feel the warmth of his presence telling me to laugh louder, love deeper, and live fuller. I think he knew a secret to life that I’m still trying to figure out. But man, am I blessed to have been able to share some time with him. Conrad lives. He lives in me and every soul he touched. (Thanks Penny for posting this page.)

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