Martin Lewis Obituary

Martin Lewis (6th Dan), who was a well-known figure in the BJA in the 1960s and 1970s, died on January 25, aged 90. He succumbed to pancreatic cancer, having suffered from Alzheimers for many years.

Renowned for his diplomacy and efficiency, he was business manager of the British team for several years and chaired the organising committee when London hosted the 1968 European Junior Championships. Martin was also Chef d’Equipe for the British Judo team at the Moscow Olympics in 1980 and manager of the British team at the Maccabiah Games in Israel on several occasions.

He was also a judo referee at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as well as holding a number of GB judo titles for Veterans at over 50.

A long-time member of the Budokwai, where he was Chairman, Martin taught the women’s class at the club, together with his great friend, Charles Palmer, the former BJA President and Chairman, and also former President of the International Judo Federation.

His funeral will take place at West Chapel, Golders Green Crematorium in north London at 9 a.m. on Sunday, January 29.