The Pinner community have joined family members in paying tribute to a resident who sadly passed away suddenly in April.
Leonie Lewis, described in the thousands of messages and tributes as, “leader, mentor, innovator, support and genuine person”.
Leonie was involved with numerous charities, projects and causes and her sole wish was to make a difference to whatever cause, she was working on, and she always did.
It would be impossible to cover the many national causes she supported both within the Jewish Community for which she was awarded an MBE in 2017 and the general faith sector which benefited from her willingness to try and ensure people of faith and also no faith would communicate.
At her funeral organised as is traditional on the day of her death at short notice to which over 500 people attended, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “Leonie gave kind-hearted and selfless service to numerous organisations and was a source of inspiration for many. She loved people and Judaism and personally guided, strengthened and transformed many of our communities.”
Mustafa Field OBE, Director of the Faiths Forum for London, said she had a “unique ability to spread kindness” and that she was an “inspirational figure whose presence will be missed.”
Remembering in particular her service in Pinner, having found the time to collect for Harrow Mencap for over 13 years, she fulfilled her ambition to write a guide on tin collections, dos and don’ts and in August 2021, The Tin Lady was published and has raised many thousands of pounds for charities.