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Sol Lewitton

December 10, 1933 - February 10, 2017

Burial Date: February 12, 2017

Graveside service will be held at 11:30, Sunday, February 12, 2017, Beth Yeshurun Post Oak Cemetery, 1037 N. Post Oak, Houston, Texas 77055.

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Sol Lewitton, dearly loved husband of Noreen and Dad of Michael, Derek and Steve passed away on Friday February 10, 2017.  He was born on Sunday December 10, 1933 in Oudtshoorn, Cape Province, South Africa to Bessie and Menachem Mendel (Max) Lewitton.  Both of his parents had been previously married and widowed and his father brought four children to the marriage, his mother brought two sons to the marriage.  Sol was the seventh child in the family, followed four years later by a sister.  It was not always a harmonious household and from a very early age Sol thought of himself as the bridge between the various factions and strove to keep the peace.  Striving to “keep the peace” was a role he retained throughout his life.
After completing High School at the age of 16, he left the small farming community of Oudtshoorn for the “Big City” to attend Medical School at the University of Cape Town, from which he graduated in 1955, one week before his twenty second birthday.  Following his graduation from Medical school his adventures took him to a variety of positions in South Africa and a two year stint in London.
At the end of 1966 he met the former Noreen Barlin on a blind date and they married in July 1967.  Sol completed his training as a General Surgeon and the family established their home in Durban, South Africa, where Sol went into private practice.  All three sons were born in Durban.  In 1976 the family relocated to the United States, settling in Kansas.  Sol joined an established Surgical practice in Kansas City. No one ever enjoyed their work more than he did.  He loved what he did. Helping people was what he enjoyed most in life and his greatest joy was doing everything he possibly could for his beloved family. Repeated hand surgeries meant that he was forced to retire as a Surgeon in 2002.  Sol then went to work at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) doing physical examinations on new recruits.  There he soon made friends with a whole new group of colleagues.  In 2006 Sol and Noreen moved to Houston to be closer to their three beloved grandsons.  In Houston he continued working at the Meps until health issues forced his retirement.
This kind hearted, caring, sweet man with his keen intellect and quick wit will be deeply mourned and sadly missed by his wife, his children and their spouses and five very much loved grandchildren as well as family and numerous dear friends scattered around the globe. The funeral will take place at 11:30am on Sunday February 12th,2017 at the Beth Yeshurun Post Oak Cemetery. If you wish to make a donation in his memory, please consider Holocaust Museum Houston, Congregation Beth Yeshurun (discretionary fund of Rabbi Brian Strauss) or Magen David Adom.