John Percy Leon Lewis

John Percy Leon Lewis (February 13, 1943 - April 7, 2020) was a Guyanese military officer who died during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lewis had also been president of the Guyana Rugby Football Union. He is believed to have been Guyana's sixth coronavirus victim, dying a few days after his wife Juliet Lewis who died on March 27 from pneumonia. The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Guyana was recorded on March 11, 2020.[1]


  • Deputy Commandant of The Guyana Peoples Militia
  • Longest serving reserve officer in Guyana with over 30 years of service.
  • Only reserve officer to become a full Colonel by moving up from a Reserve Subaltern in 1968.
  • Only reserve officer to be awarded the Military Service Medal.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Col. John Lewis succumbs to COVID-19". Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  2. ^ "Tribute to the late reserve (GPM) Colonel, John Percy Leon Lewis, MSM (13 February 1943 – 7 April 2020)". Retrieved 2020-04-19.