Lewis Sobhi Sidarous
April 2, 1945 - Dec. 29, 2017
Dr. Lewis Sobhi Sidarous, our beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin went to heaven Friday, December 29, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Gay Yankie Sidarous and their three children.
Dr. Sidarous was born April 2, 1945 in Cairo Egypt. His father was Sobhi Sidarous and his mother Lucette Iskander Boutros. When his father was transferred from Barclay's Bank of London to the Alexandria, Egypt branch, his family moved and Alexandria was where Lewis grew up, next to the Mediterranean Sea where he loved to swim. The family lived in a villa surrounded by fruit trees, especially mangos which he loved. He was very close to his siblings, Miranda Sidarous (George Naguib, deceased), Camilia Sidarous, deceased (Nabil Gabriel), Aida Ishak (Baghat Ishak, deceased) and Hani Sobhi Sidarous (Nancy Yankie Sidarous) and will be deeply missed by many nieces and nephews.
Dr. Sidarous graduated from the University of Alexandria with a degree in chemistry. At Baylor his dedication, curiosity and talent were noticed and mentored by Dr. John S. Belew and Dr. Thomas C. Franklin, Dr. David E. Pennington and Hiroshi Kagawa. After a brief stint as a chemist with Black Sands of Egypt, he moved to Waco, Texas where he entered graduate school at Baylor University with a full scholarship in chemistry.
There he met Gay Yankie, also in graduate school. They were introduced by Lewis' brother Hani and Gay's sister Nancy, who also later married. After finishing his Ph.D., Lewis worked at Florida State University and the Health Science Center in San Antonio. He later bought a deli and called it Pirelli's Deli. He loved the creative work of building a business, developing a menu and welcoming people in to share food and community more than any work he had ever done.But what he loved most was our three children, Monica Lucette Sidarous Ford (Thomas), Natalie Danielle Sidarous McCannell (Jason) and Jared Lewis Sidarous. Our marriage was good; we had fun together and loved working together, but our union was established for all time by our deep, boundless love for our children. We never needed a vacation from them because the most fun we ever had was with them. The word "love" could never contain the adoration we will always hold in our hearts for this man.
Much kindness and care was given to our family. We wish to extend special thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Glazier, Dr. Mary Hull and also to providers Jimmy and Vanessa Lopez, Ms. Esmeralda Zapata, and especially Ms. Leticia Harrison.
Services will be held at St. Anthony's Coptic Church by Father Antonios Girgis on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with burial in the Yankie Family plot at China Spring Cemetery officiated by Rev. Billy Lambert.
Contributions may be pledged to China Spring Cemetery, Texas 254-749-0832.
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