Lewis Shropshire was an Athens man who engaged his sports with a passionate devotion, whether or not it turned into his job, fishing, accumulating vintage automobiles, jogging or provider to his church, his buddies recalled Monday.
Shropshire, who also served a time on the Athens City Council, died Friday from accidents he obtained while he became struck by a vehicle on Nov. 15 close to his home at the same time as he became on foot throughout Riverbend Parkway.
That coincidence is still under investigation, Athens-Clarke police said Monday.
The list of network activities with the aid of Shropshire, who turned into simply quick of his seventy fifth birthday, turned into far achieving from the Rotary Club to the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce.
“I’ve regarded him for decades and having labored with him the final two years thru his board leadership, he became a person of real carrier,” said Sarah McKinney, president of the Athens Area Community Foundation where Shropshire was at the board of directors.
“He had a genuine dedication to accuracy and morality. He turned into each nonprofit’s dream for a board member,” she said.
Shropshire, who had a forty four-yr profession with Benson’s Inc. And became trendy manager of the Holiday Inn, was a charter member of the Classic City Rotary Club, which fashioned in 1975.
“Lewis became continually right here, usually cracking jokes. He turned into a lively man and it’s very sad the manner we misplaced him,” said Rotary President Charlie Fleming.
“He will be remembered,” Fleming said.
Shropshire served on the Athens City Council among 1976 and 1985 and served a part of the time as mayor seasoned tem, in step with his obituary.
Shropshire’s pal, Mike Waldrip, recalled how thru Shropshire’s work on the Holiday Inn, he knew people from across the kingdom.
“It didn’t depend in case you had been below the Golden Dome in Atlanta or in a restaurant in Waycross, if someone heard you labored at the Holiday Inn, the subsequent aspect you’d listen was, ‘How is Mr. Shropshire?’” Waldrip stated.
While he devoted time to the community’s civic agencies, he immersed himself in his hobbies.
Shropshire joined the Athens Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America in 2009 and bought his first Model A Ford that equal 12 months, said membership president John Wagner.
“Two weeks ago he and Pam (his spouse) hosted the month-to-month vintage car membership out at Thompson Lake and he showed us his new acquisition – a 1940 Buick four-door convertible. He became happy with it,” Wagner said.
He also owned a 1928 Ford Phaeton that he drove in Christmas parades and brought tailgating at University of Georgia football video games, in step with Wagner, who stated Shropshire and his wife have been also inside the technique of turning into judges for country wide automobile shows.
Long-time buddy Frank Reaves of Athens spent infinite hours along with his friend on looking and fishing tours.
“We went fishing in Alaska for years,” Reaves recalled. “We figured the fish fee us about $500 a piece and it turned into still really worth it.”
Reaves said Shropshire cherished running and in step with his obituary, he ran the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta for 36 consecutive years.
Jogging changed into for his fitness and it changed into a social time along with his pals, Reaves stated.
“He’d run and it didn’t be counted if it become in Alaska within the rain or snow, or here in the warm sun,” he said.
“He did a lot for such a lot of people. I’ve recognized him to make monetary contributions anonymously to worthy reasons for human beings in want,” Reaves stated. “The preacher requested us at the clinic before he exceeded to explain him in one phrase. I thought that would be some thing you’d must reflect onconsideration on, but it got here out so rapid – mentor – he should show you the manner to do something from being a chum to running on a car.”
A memorial service for Shropshire can be held at three p.M. Wednesday at First Baptist Church with a reception to comply with on the Holiday Inn.