In Memoriam

Past International Director Juan José Ceballos died on Jan.19, 2022.

The late Past Director Ceballos became a member of the Santiago Central Lions Club in 1968, and then a member of the Santiago Gurabo Lions Club in 2016. He held many positions in the association, including club secretary, treasurer and president, club membership chairperson, zone chairman and district governor and District Honorary Committee chairperson. He served as a Past International Director from 1990 to 1992. He was also the president of the Patronage Against Leprosy Filial Cibao, and the president of the Blind Patronage of the Cibao Region. He inspired Lions to help those in need locally and internationally.

For his many contributions to the association, the late Past Director Ceballos received the 100% District Governor Award, a 25 Member Key, 14 Extension Awards, three International President's Award, the 50-Year Monarch Chevron, and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor granted by the association to its members. He was also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

 

Past International Director William “Larry” Young died on January 12, 2022. He would have reached his 101st birthday on March 10. Founder and member of the Detroit Renaissance Lions Club since 1973, the late Past Director Young held many positions within the association, including club president, District International Relations Chairperson and District International Understanding & Cooperation Chairperson, and district governor. He was also chairman of Michigan's White Cane Committee and a member of the board of trustees for Welcome Home for the Blind. In 1997, Past Director Young was elected to the board of trustees of Leader Dogs for the Blind. He was instrumental in bringing the 2004 Lions International Convention to Detroit, Michigan, USA/Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He was inducted into the Lions of Michigan Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2004, District 11 A1 established the PID Larry Young Leadership Award in his honor. Of all the events and projects he took part in, the annual club Cheesecake Sale was high on his list.

For his unwavering service and dedication, the late Past Director Young received numerous awards including two 100% Club President Awards, a Master Key Award, four Presidential Medals, two Guiding Lion Awards, six Contributing Membership Bronze awards, a 40- and 45-Year Charter Monarch Chevron, the Ralph Lynam Silent Children's Award, the S.A. Dodge Distinguished Service Award (the highest Lions award given in the state of Michigan), the Michigan Outstanding Service Award, and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association grants to its members. He was also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

In addition to his Lion activities, Past Director Young was a member of the Southeastern Michigan Health Directors and enjoyed a successful career as director of the Bureau of Food Sanitation. His energy and enthusiasm carried over throughout all facets of his life.

 

 

 

Dr. William E. "Bill" West, Past International Director, (1991-1993), died on Sunday, November 21, 2021. He was 85 years old.

A Lion since 1964, the late Past Director West was a member of the Clemson Lions Club in South Carolina. He held many offices within the association, including club president, district governor, and multiple district secretary/treasurer. He was also director of the South Carolina Lions Foundation and served as a member of the board of directors of the South Carolina Lions Sight Conservation Association. He was also a past president of the South Carolina Lions Eye Bank.

For his numerous contributions to the association, the late Past Director received the 100% District Governor Award, six International President's Awards, and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor granted to a member by the association. He was also a multi-level Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

Always active in the community, he was a member of many civic and professional organizations, including the Society to Prevent Blindness, the American Vocational Association, and the International Technology Education Association. He enjoyed a long and successful career at Clemson University, earning Professor Emeritus status. In addition to being a tenured professor, PID West was the Department Chair of the Graphic Communications Department.

A dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he was mentor to countless students and friends.

 

 

Sung-Gyun Choi, Past International Director (2006-2008), died on August 19, 2021.  He was 83 years old.

A Lion since 1979, and a member of the Seoul Young-Kwang Lions Club, the late Past Director Choi held many offices within the association, including club president, district governor, and district international understanding and cooperation chair, youth exchange chair, Peace Poster Contest chair, and public relations and information chair.

In recognition of his dedication to the association he received numerous awards, including the Helping Hands award, and Humanitarian Partner, several International President’s Awards, and the International President’s Leadership Award. The late Past Director Choi received his district’s Lions Service Award of the Year 17 times, and the Helen Keller Circle of Hope Award for his very generous contributions to Campaign SightFirst. He was awarded the Ambassador of Good Will award, the highest honor given by the association to its members, and was also a multi-level Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

As the president of a successful corporation, the late Past Director Choi offered encouragement to staff members, instilling in them a sense of pride in their work.  He was respected by many for his determination and talents in the business community. The late Past Director Choi was a dedicated husband, and father who enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and extended family.

 

 

Jay Patel, Past International Director (1998- 2000), died on August 28, 2021 at the age of 70.

The late Past director was a member of the North Charleston Lions Club since 1983 and held many offices within the association, including district governor, and LCIF Coordinator. His energy and enthusiasm resulted in multiple new Lion members over the years, and he held perfect attendance for more than 19 years.

In recognition of his service to the association, the late Past Director Patel received numerous awards, including the Lion of the Year Award, the 100% Club President Award, the 100% District Governor Award, nine International President’s Awards, the International President Leadership Award, and the Ambassador of Good Will, the highest honor granted by the association to its members. He was a multi-level Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

The late Past Director Patel was also listed in the South Carolina Lions Hall of Fame and received the Queen's Badge from Her Majesty the Queen of England. In addition to his Lion activities, he was the founder and president of the North Charleston Merchant Association and the Greater Charleston India Association. Under his guidance, the Greater Charleston India Association helped host the late Past President Ashok Mehta at an event held in Charleston. The evening was highlighted with traditional Indian dishes, special entertainment, and beautiful traditional Saris for all the attending spouses,

A dedicated husband to spouse, Lion Kamini, the late Past Director Patel was proud of his son, three daughters, and their spouses. Spending time with his four grandchildren was extremely important to him.

 

 

Dimitrios “Mimis” Kalantzopoulos, Past International Director (1993-1995), died in October of 2020. The late Past Director Kalantzopoulos became a member of the Athens Lions Club in 1954 and was one of the founders of Lions clubs in Greece. He was twice appointed provisional district governor, and subsequently the first elected district governor of District 117 Greece-Cyprus. He held many other offices within the association. PID Kalantzopoulos also served in various capacities at several Europa Forums. For more than 35 years he held perfect attendance at club meetings and through his encouragement and support, sponsored many new members. Past Director Kalantzopoulos was recognized for his service to the association with numerous awards including the 100% Club President Award, Senior Builder Key, 11 International President's Awards, and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest award the association grants to its members. He was also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow. The late Past Director enjoyed a successful career as a consulting engineer and was a member of many professional and civic organizations. He was well known for his enthusiasm and determination; always ready to help others and lead the way to provide service to those in need.

 

 

 

James O. Frendewey, Past International Director (1983-1985), died on April 7, 2021, at Florence Health Services in Michigan while recuperating from a fall. He was 97 years old.

A Lion and member of the Iron Mountain Lions Club since 1960, the late Past Director Frendewey served as club president, zone chairman, district governor and multiple district council chairman.

For his efforts on behalf of the association, he received the 100% District Governor Award, two Extension Awards, a Key Member Award, three International President's Awards, three Monarch Chevrons, and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor granted to a member by the association. He was also a Melvin Jones Fellow.

Active in the community, Past Director Frendewey served on the Upper Michigan Lions Eye Bank Committee and the Bay Cliff Health Camp for physically handicapped children. In addition, he was president of his local PTA chapter, a post commander for the American Legion, a Boy Scout leader, and president of both the Michigan Tech. Local Alumni Association and the Dickinson County Industrial Development Corporation.

The late Past Director served in the U.S. Naval Reserve, was accepted for flight officers training, and became a U.S. Marine Corps pilot. He enjoyed a successful career in the mining industry and had a small role in the history of snowmobiling in the early 1960s through sales of a rudimentary snowmobile called the Trailmaker.

PID Frendewey was a dedicated husband and father to four children, nine grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

 

 

William A. McKinney, Past International Director (2013-2015) died on Friday, July 9, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Ill. He was 73 years old.

A Lion since 1973, the late Past Director McKinney was a member of the Marine Lions Club, and an associate member of the St. Jacob Lions Club. He served the association at multiple levels at the District, Multiple District, and International levels and as a co-coordinator for Campaign SightFirst I. Past Director McKinney was also instrumental in the formation of the Regional Eye Care Committee serving clients in southern Illinois. He loved traveling and meeting Lions from every corner of the world with his life partner Lydia Ellis.

For his dedication to the association, the late Past Director received multiple awards including several Presidential Awards, the 40- and 45-Year Monarch Chevron, and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association grants its members. He was also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

Past Director McKinney loved farming and was a member of the Farmers Livestock Market Association and National Stock Yards since 1970. He was a natural caregiver; working the soil, raising animals, or taking care of people in need. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time his children and grandchildren, especially collecting model tractors with his son, Bryan.

 

George Arthur Higgs, Past International Director (1978-1980), of Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia, died on July 7, 2021. He was 96 years old.

A Lion since 1961, the late Past Director Higgs served as a 100% district governor, deputy district governor, council chairman, extension chairman, and a district Leo chairman. He also served as multiple district council chairman. For many years he maintained perfect attendance and his energy and passion to serve resulted in many new club members. The late Past Director Higgs was instrumental in the formation of the Lions Haven for the Aged when he was a property developer. He was known for purchasing as many Teddy Bears as he could to deliver them to the Ambulance for children in trauma. He arranged visits to the local nursing homes and elderly residents at Christmas and Mothers and Fathers Days to distribute gifts. PID Higgs supported Meals on Wheels and Guide Dogs for the Visually Impaired. Constantly thinking of ways to help, he organized a concert on the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, raising funds to support those affected in Darwin, Australia after Cyclone Tracey devastated the area. Never thinking of himself as a victim during the floods in 1974, he organized aid, raising in excess of AUD$250,000.

In recognition of his service to the association, the late Past Director Higgs received numerous awards including seven International President's Awards and the Ambassador of Goodwill Award, the highest honor given by the association to its members. He was also a Melvin Jones Fellow.

Dedicated to serving his country, the late Past Director Higgs served as a pilot with the Royal Australian Air Force and as a Justice of the Peace.

 

 

Stanley Dawson, Past International Director (1992-1994) died in June of 2021. He was 94 years old.

A Lion since 1973, he was a member of the Cabarita Beach & Pottsville Beach Lions Club. The late Past Director Dawson served the association at the club, district, and international level. He was the Host Committee Chairman for the 74th International Convention in Brisbane, Australia, in 1991. For his commitment and dedication to the association, the late Past Director was honored with several awards including the 100% Club President Award, the 100% District Governor Award, five Presidential awards, and the Ambassador of Good Will, the highest honor the association grants its members. He was also a Melvin Jones Fellow.

In addition to Lion recognition, the Late Past Director Dawson was also awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. This award recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement and service.

He was a significant figure in the history of Australian Lionism, from his Chairmanship of the 1991 International Convention in Brisbane to his continued involvement in International Lion's affairs. His enthusiasm for improving Australian and ANZI-Pacific relations inspired many. He quietly gave practical and common sense advice, which led to better understanding progress.

In addition to his Lions activities, the late Past Director enjoyed a successful career in the airline industry and was an active member of many clubs. He received the Queensland State Premier's Award for his welfare work for senior citizens. He was a dedicated husband to his late spouse, Ivy, and devoted father of two children.