2003-11-17 23:43:22 UTC
THE CANADIAN PRESS
Canada's oldest Olympian has died.
Raymond Gray Lewis died on Friday, the Canadian Olympic Committee said in a
statement Monday. He was 94.
Lewis, a member of the Order of Canada, won an Olympic bronze medal in the
1,600-metre relay at the 1932 Games in Los Angeles where he became the first
Canadian-born black athlete to stand on an Olympic podium. In 1934, he went
on to win a silver medal in the 440-yard race at the British Empire Games,
the predecessor to the Commonwealth Games.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Lewis remained involved in the city's sports
community throughout his life. In October, he attended the opening reception
of the world road cycling championships in Hamilton where he was honoured as
Canada's oldest Olympian.
"It was a real honour to know Ray and to spend time with him at the recent
world cycling championships," said Chris Rudge, CEO of the Canadian Olympic
Committee. "He believed in the value of sport, he constantly gave back to
sport, and he was wholly dedicated to sport, right until the end."
He is survived by Vivienne Lewis, his wife of 63 years.