Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lewis Jacob McGaffee

From page A2 | June 15, 2012 | Leave Comment

Lewis McGaffe

Aug. 17, 1937 — June 4, 2012

Lewis (Lewy) Jacob McGaffee, 74, entered Heaven on June 4, 2012. A resident of Rescue, Calif., for the past 14 years, Lewy was born in Onslow, Iowa, on Aug. 17, 1937. Known to family, friends, customers and colleagues as a great and accomplished storyteller, his best story was, hands-down, his own.

Lewy was the seventh of 12 children, born on an Iowa farm. He survived rheumatic fever and went on to develop a passionate love of horses and riding (and BB gun fights on horseback with his two brothers). He moved to California at 18, settling in Hollywood, where he became an active member of Hollywood Presbyterian Church. There he met Louis Zamperini, a World War II vet who would become his lifelong friend and mentor. He attended school to learn cloth-pattern making, but his true passions were elsewhere: weekends teaching migrant farm workers’ children to read and write in the Central Valley (part of the Church ministry) and odd jobs helping other church members with landscaping and tree pruning — the sort of outdoor work he loved.

Lewy met and married Edris (Eadie) Hall, founded Hollywood Tree Service and started a family. Both the business and the family grew quickly. He rapidly became one of the most prominent tree surgeons and arborists in Los Angeles. He helped the LA Fire Department plan their first fire clearance code. He advised major real estate developments (including the Mt. Olympus community in Hollywood) to the concept of choosing trees for not just beauty, but for fire prevention and environmental health. He installed the first 60 foot Christmas tree on Hollywood Blvd. where it has become a seasonal tradition. He taught his skills and passed his wisdom on to others who would, in turn, become leaders in tree conservation and care.

As a husband, father, neighbor and community inspiration, Lewy was equally exceptional. He had two daughters, Tonia and Michelle, and a son, Buck. He became a Boy Scout leader and he had a second son, Alec. He raised, rode and trained his beloved horses. It was not unknown for him to stage an impromptu round-up from horseback, lassoing (gently) his whooping children. Residents of Burbank and the Hollywood Hills would see him on one of his three favorite stallions (Scirocco, Vagi and Blackie) without saddle or bridle, blazing down the trails in complete command, through trust and confidence alone. He inspired that same trust in people, helping and inspiring not through handouts, but through teaching the values he had learned and practiced and by giving of himself.

In 1998 Lewy had a major stroke while driving his car, but managed to stop safely, directly in front of a fire station. The immediate care (and a very close hospital) saved his life. After 41 years high in the trees above Los Angeles, he retired and moved to Rescue, Calif. He spent the last 14 years travelling amongst his grandchildren — teaching them to walk and talk, to be independent and to live wisely, as he did.

Lewy is survived by his four children, nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and 11 brothers and sisters. He loved his family passionately, and they returned that love just as passionately. He died at peace, knowing that one day they would all be together once again.


Discussion | No comments



Greenwood School being restored

By Rebecca Murphy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Cal Fire increasing staffing, hiring

By Cal Fire | From Page: B1

EID restricts watering days

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A1, 9 Comments

Lover’s Leap fall injures man

By Tahoe Tribune | From Page: A1

EDH Fire Dept. annexing Latrobe

By Noel Stack | From Page: A1, 5 Comments

Motorcycle fatality in Greenwood

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

Tea Party meeting April 17

By Tea Party Patriots Of El Dorado Hills | From Page: A3, 16 Comments

Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking May 1

By El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition | From Page: A6

Floating body not a body

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A7

Old mill a goner

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A11, 4 Comments | Gallery



My turn: A fair California flat income tax

By Mark Belden | From Page: A4

DA Pierson has been outstanding

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4, 8 Comments



A great big thanks

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Murder? Suicide?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 3 Comments

‘Drive Clean’

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

Middle class getting poorer?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 10 Comments

Real estate lies

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment



Outside with Charlie: Switch gear

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A8

Ponderosa volleyball is a family affair

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A8 | Gallery

Aussie team makes visit

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A8

Griz have challenging day

By Mike Bush | From Page: A8 | Gallery

Roundup: April 15, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery



Runners stampede for Sugarloaf scholarships

By El Dorado County Office of Education | From Page: B2 | Gallery

At a glance: Take aim on fun

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2

Men to walk a mile in her shoes

By Center For Violence-Free Relationships | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Team works to fight disease

By Placerville Kiwanis | From Page: B3

COOL School is accepting applications

By Rescue Union | From Page: B4

Band of Miwoks fund mission

By Shingle Springs Band Of Miwok Indians | From Page: B12



Crime Log: March 25-27

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

Weather stats 4-15-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2



Numa Edward “Ed” Roberts

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Ronald Russell Rohrer

By Contributor | From Page: A2


Real Estate




By Contributor | From Page: A10

Flying McCoys

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A10


By Contributor | From Page: A10


By Contributor | From Page: A10

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A10


By Contributor | From Page: A10

Horoscope, Thursday, April 17, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Horoscope, Wednesday, April 16, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A10

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A10