ESTEPONA, Spain – Lewis Joseph Bordeaux Jr., 79, of Estepona, died on Saturday July 23, 2022 in Estepona.
Lewis “Lew” was born on June 1, 1943 in Alameda, California, the son of Florence Bordeaux and Lewis J. Bordeaux. Lew and Florence moved to Wakefield, Michigan, to Brotherton Location, when Lew was three years old to reside with Minnie Haglund and her family, June, Jack and Nancy. The children were close and grew up together, more like siblings than cousins.
Lew attended public schools in Wakefield, where his mother was a kindergarten teacher for many years. Lew graduated in 1961 and went on to study at the University of Michigan. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1965 and began working as a teacher in the Detroit public school system.
In 1968 Lew was selected as a volunteer for the Peace Corps and spent time in the Punjab region of India, helping people there and making many good friends.
After his time in the Peace Corps, Lew made the choice to stay abroad, settling in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he worked as an English instructor, interpreter and training specialist.
In retirement, Lew moved to Estepona, to his beloved, former holiday home, in the Costa Del Sol region. He enjoyed the lifestyle Spain had to offer and spent many happy times sitting on his balcony overlooking the sea.
Growing up, Lew became very active in the 4-H organization. He maintained this affiliation all his life. Lew has held leadership positions and received numerous awards and honors for his work. In 1966, he was selected to be a delegate for the 4-H International Exchange Program (IFYE) and traveled to Japan, the beginning of his international travels. Over the years, Lew has attended American, European and International IFYE conferences, making friends all over the world.
Lew enjoyed returning to Wakefield and the Upper Peninsula whenever he could, except in the winter, as he disliked the snow and the cold. He loved visiting all the people who had been in his life.
When he was at home, Lew attended services at his beloved Methodist Church.
Lew maintained a busy life and stayed in touch with friends and family. He made friends all over the world and made it his mission to continue those friendships. Lew was a wonderful storyteller, recounting every detail. He liked to talk about his family and the past, and it was a joy to hear it. Lew loved asking questions and engaging people in conversation. He was loved and will be missed by many who loved him in turn.
Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation for Lew to be held Monday, October 3, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Wakefield United Methodist Church, 706 Putnam Street, Wakefield.
A funeral service will follow visitation at noon in Block 46 at Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood, Michigan. Reverend Pamela Starr will chair. Burial to follow.
Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield, helps the family make arrangements. Condolences can be expressed online at lakesidememorialchapel.com.