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I have loving memories sitting next to Cousin Lewis at various gatherings and discussing his adventures as a young man in Scotland, coming to America, jumping out of planes as paratrooper, his shared love with mine of music and writing lyrics, and his time spent in Africa working in the oil industry with his beloved Sylvette. I will forever cherish the memories of our talks at the dinner table, only wishing there was more time. Rest In Peace Dear cousin Lewis.
I have warm and wonderful memories of spending time, and listening to Lewis' stories and adventures as a family. A singer, a poet, a family man with a heart of pure gold. May his love and legacy live onwards in all of our hearts, and our adventures. Rest in peace cousin Lewis. Sending my love, Susan.
Anne & Jack Greenwald
We have wonderful memories of our cousin Lewis, which will always be with us. Sharing in a private email. Rest in Peace Lewis.
Scotty was one of the best men I have ever known. Bigger than life! I am honored to have known him.
Ashish "Ricky Sequela" Patel
I remember meting him for the first time in 1994,November 24th on Thanksgiving eve. Had never met him and we ended up watching the 6 hour saga that is The Stand and became friends. Over the years we spent many a Thanksgiving together. He became a second father to me and told me many stories about his life experiences that I learned from. He supported me when I told him I wanted to become an actor and shared his experiences as an actor. Even gave me the alter ego of Ricky Sequela the Latin lover and encouraged me to go to Hollywood and pursue my dreams. I miss you and can still hear your sweet voice and laugh. May you rest in peace Scotty. ♥️🙏🏾
Ethel G Hofman
So many joyful memories from over half a century Sending under separate email. RIP Lewis
Lewis "Scotty" Greenwald
Lewis “Scotty” Greenwald, born in Inverness, Scotland, passed away at 80 years of age on Sunday, August 15, 2021 in Yulee, Florida.
He married Sylvette Lucienne Bourlier in Cotonou, Benin 48 years ago with whom he had 3 children: David (preceded him in death 1993 at the age of 18), Scott and his wife Kristen, and Nathalie and her husband Michael. He also lovingly leaves behind his younger sister Rosalind in Glasgow and her family, his cousins Ethel and Jack from Pennsylvania and their families, his cousin Roy and his family in Lerwick, and his sister-in-law Marie-Claude in France and her family.
Scotty left Inverness, Scotland when he was 16 starting a very long and very different number of jobs and careers including merchant mariner, boxer, parachuter in the 101st, bus boy, juvenile probation officer, actor, eventually settling into a long and successful career in the oil and gas business which spanned over 5 decades. After his retirement, Scotty settled in as a grandfather, song writer and poet.
Scotty led a unique and eventful life. His parents were business owners, who owned candy store, a fish n’ chips shop amongst other businesses, the latter setting the tone for a lifelong passion for any menu item that had the works fried basket included. An avid reader at a young age, some of his favorite authors including Edgar Rice Burroughs and Jules Verne, he always had a heart for adventure and discovery and so he left home at the ripe age of 16 and set sail as a merchant mariner. Three years later, with $50 in his pocket, he set his sights on moving to America in search of the American dream. After a three-year stint in the 101st Airborne, including a serious shoulder injury from a jump, he worked several jobs while receiving his degree at Peabody College in Nashville, and his Doctorate of Jurisprudence at Vanderbilt Law School.
After law school, Scotty always in search of adventure, used his contractual expertise to start his career in the Oil and Gas industry sending him off to Western Africa, where he would live on and off for over 30 years in countries including Benin, Nigeria, Congo, Tunisia, Morocco, Gabon while visiting dozens of other countries across African and Asia. He met the love of his life in Cotonou, Benin. Along the way he killed dozens of snakes, some very large, owned a monkey, opened schools and hospitals, wrote contractual language still being leveraged in the industry to this day, survived numerous local unrest, crossing hippo and crocodile infested rivers in wooden canoes, and the occasional big hairy spider.
He loved traveling, scotch, oat cakes and shortbread, storytelling, his family, but mostly his wife who he adored, albeit never missed a chance to drive her a little nuts. We will miss his joie de vivre and his laughter.
He is survived by his wife Sylvette; his son Scott, his daughter Nathalie, and his grandchildren Thomas, Nicolas, Madeline and Angelique.
Scotty’s funeral will be held at the Jacksonville National Cemetery on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 11:30am.