The South West Co-operative Group and Labour Party mourn the loss of Louise Lewis, a keen co-operator who sadly passed away on 30 July at the age of 63.
Trained as a medium before becoming a clerk, Louise had been a co-operative member for 30 years. She described herself as someone who “believed in co-operation and all that implies, passionately”.
In 2003, she was elected to the board of the Plymouth and South West Co-operative Society and later on became vice president.
Having worked in managing a building society office, she brought financial experience to the board, leading the society through a period of heavy external borrowings, a pension deficit and increasing competition within the sector.
In 2009 the society merged with the Group and Louise became chair of the new South Devon area committee. She was also elected to the SW regional board. She continued to devote time to the society and obtained a Diploma in Co-operation from the Co-operative College.
Louise Lewis had also been a volunteer for the Disability Information Service as well as Treasurer for a number of local organisations.
She is survived by her husband, Rod Lewis, and two sisters.