The Strongest Guy I Know…We Lost A Good One Today
By: Joseph Simonds on March 10, 2015
We lost a good one today.
And no, it wasn’t a fish this time.
It was the Strongest guy I know.
An Incredible friend to anyone that knew him.
One of the most loyal and genuine guys I have ever met.
And certainly someone that made an impact on more people than he probably ever imagined…
Geoff was my neighbor growing up in Winter Haven, FL.
We went to the same Episcopal private school growing up, and he and his brother Josh were two guys that I always admired and looked up to (as Geoff was a few years older than me).
And Geoff was a fighter and a warrior from a young age.
Not the kind of fighter that you think of when you imagine a bully though.
He was the kind of guy that fought for what was right, and for what he believed in.
He fought for friends.
He fought for his family.
He was a guy that always had your back no matter what.
And I felt fortunate to call Geoff a friend.
Even when I went away to Atlanta, my mom would always mention Geoff’s name as she saw him frequently in the neighborhood, and in dealings with my parent’s pool.
And every time my mom ran into Geoff, he always had something nice to say about me, Luke, or my brother Daniel.
And he always made it a point to make our youngest brother Daniel (with Cerebral Palsy) feel special and loved.
That alone makes Geoff a Hero in my eyes.
But Geoff was a real Hero by how he beat all odds, inspired countless people that met him and heard his story, gave undivided attention to his family through it all, and forged ahead even when most doctors gave him bleak outlooks.
You see, Geoff beat all odds of cancer.
He did the impossible…
Living years and years longer than any doctor would have believed…
He kept fighting, and fighting, and fighting for his life…
He fought to be the best husband he could be…
He fought to be the best father he could be…
And I know he is up there smiling down on all of us right now as he is finally seeing how many people he touched, moved, and inspired over the years.
To Geoff Lewis, the Strongest Guy I Know…
Rest in Peace My Friend…
And Please Keep his wife Sandy, their kids, and all of Geoff’s extended family in your thoughts and prayers.
Due to his diagnosis he was never eligible for life insurance. So in lieu of sending flowers, you may make a donation into an account at Centerstate Bank. The name of the account is the Geoff Lewis Donation Account.
Geoff’s wishes were to be cremated so there will not be a graveside service.