Lewis Nath rode off into the sunset on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at age 62. Lew spent his last 20 years in Bethel Park, having grown up in Allentown in Pittsburgh. There is no better way to remember "Captain Lew" than as a family man through and through. He adored his wife, Christine Nath (Heidenreich) for 36 years, and was the most supportive dad of his "baby girl", Tara Nath. Lewis is predeceased by his parents, Ruth (Schmidt) and Lewis Nath, of Mount Oliver. He is survived by many loving cousins including Jason, Jennifer, Charlee, and Peyton Ferris; Brian, Jamie, Zackary, Makayla, and Samantha Ferris; Andrea Carelli, Judi Shaffer, and Tina Carelli; and aunt Kathleen Carelli. He was a devoted friend to Jude and Christy Mihalik, Mark and Sonya Kasiorek, and many others.
For 21 years, Lew was a trusted employee of Pro Vending under the guidance of Jake and Margaret Nikituk and partnership of Patrick Roebuck. He genuinely valued the vending community and enjoyed the relationships that he built over the years.
In his spare time, Lew's favorite thing to do was to ride his Harley Davidson with Chris or Tara. They frequently enjoyed rides through the hills of Pennsylvania, impromptu lakeside picnics, and bike nights with live music. He was a big kid who loved Disney World and Disney Cruises; to him, Disney with his family really was the Happiest Place on Earth. Friends knew him as "Captain Lew" because he was an avid boater and volunteer with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Many summers were spent camping at Shenango Lake; and as a scuba enthusiast, he also loved to travel to the islands and explore under the sea. Lew was absolutely a pirate at heart.
All of that said, Lew was a simple guy. He liked to sit outside on the patio with his coffee and a newspaper on Sunday morning. In the evenings, he could always be found with his laptop open to his favorite Pirates of the Caribbean video game with either a Penguins game or Jeopardy on the TV. While a man of few words, Lew had a sarcastic sense of humor and quick wit. He could get the room laughing with only a look or even an "excited finger" (most frequently when giving Tara crap about boys), and he was always noticeably proud of himself when he cracked a good joke.
Lew's whole life was his girls, and he put them first in every way. If Chris and Tara wanted to go winery hopping, Lew was always there to be the "DD" (Designated Driver). Lew loved to surprise Chris - from painting kitchen cabinets to creating a surprise Christmas wonderland in the dining room - he would do anything to make her smile. While Tara was in college in North Carolina, Lew would stay up until 3am just to talk to her while she walked home from a late night at the library. More recently, while at law school here in Pittsburgh, Tara would call her "Duber" (Daddy-Uber) to pick her up after a long day. He and Chris even flew around the world to celebrate a family Thanksgiving with Tara in Copenhagen; he really would do ANYTHING to support, protect, surprise, and love his family.
Hun/Daddy, you will be missed in so many ways, but we think we'll miss you the most when little things around the house don't "Lewie rig" themselves or when we don't hear your keys jingling as you walk through the door. We'll make sure to keep your spirit alive in our minds and in our hearts, and we know that you will always be watching over us and cheering us on. Please don't hesitate to come hang out for a night, we're saving your chair for you. Love, us. Friends welcome 2-4, 6-8pm THURSDAY, Freyvogel-Slater Funeral Directors (412-835-1860) 112 Fort Couch Rd, Bethel Park (Opposite Macy's South Hills Village). Mass of Christian Burial 10:00am FRIDAY, St. Thomas More Catholic Church-Resurrection Parish. www.slaterfuneral.com