Atiba Arthur Lewis was born on September 4th, 1976 at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, NY to Beryl Coward and Thomas Henry Lewis III. The name Atiba is of African origin and means "understanding". Atiba was a tender soul and was very creative and active as a child. At a very young age, Atiba was introduced to baseball and frequently attended the "NY METS" baseball games with his dad and sisters Tiombe and Leoma. His passion for baseball led him to play on the little league baseball team as a kid. Atiba was left handed and had a gift of mastering his left hand in baseball. He had a good, strong arm, and could throw and catch with his left hand. His second passion was dancing and imitating Michael Jackson's smooth dance moves. Atiba loved dancing and performing to Michael Jackson's songs at the family gatherings. There was something about his joy for life, laughter and joking around that made him popular amongst his friends and family.
In the 4th grade, Atiba met his life long best friend Hector Trossi while attending Elementary School at PS 152 in the Bronx, NY. Atiba and Hector were inseparable and quickly formed a strong bond and friendship. Atiba later attended Stevenson HS in the Bronx. When Atiba's mom and sister Tiombe moved to New Jersey he and friend Hector where not to far behind. After moving to New Brunswick, NJ in the mid 90's he met his then girlfriend Carolina Zeledon with whom they shared a son named Tyhir.
Atiba was diagnosed with Diabetes which he later reversed by eating an alkaline diet and following the late great Dr. Sebi's teachings. He passed on this knowledge of eating alkaline and stressed that following a strict plant based diet would help reverse the effects of any aliments that anyone was suffering with to countless family members, friends and any one who followed him on social media. Atiba was inspiring and giving and took great care of his mom as well by making sure she followed his regimen and took her grocery shopping with him.
Atiba will be greatly missed by all and he leaves behind his mom; Beryl Lewis, Son; Tyhir Lewis, Siblings; Tiombe Lewis, Leoma Lewis, Noel Lewis and Alice Lewis, Step-sisters and Step-brothers, Joyce Lewis, Thomas H. Lewis, Theo Lewis, Bridget Lewis, Clarence Lewis,, Charles A. Lewis, Karen T. Lewis, Bradford Lewis, Edwin Lewis and Sean Edmonds, a grand mother Dolores Coward (95) , countless nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. May your soul rest in peace Atiba!! We Love You!!
Visitation will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the Crabiel Parkwest Funeral Chapel, 239 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ from 8:30 am - 11:00 am. Funeral service at funeral home at 10:45 am. Interment at St. Peter's Cemetery, New Brunswick, NJ.
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