Two events Saturday in memory of Lance Kerwin, 1965-2017

You might have known Lance C. Kerwin from Chelan Café, one of two places where his life will be celebrated this Saturday (November 4th). Details are at the end of this remembrance sent to us to share with the community:

Lance Christopher Kerwin was born on July 21, 1965 and passed away on October 24, 2017 from an acute infection of the abdomen caused by liver disease.

Lance grew up in Arbor Heights in West Seattle, attended Arbor Heights Elementary, Denny Junior High, and Rainier Beach HS. As a boy he was active at Arbor Heights Swim Club, he played baseball, soccer, wrestled, and played guitar. He was a paperboy and his first job was at Shakey’s Pizza in West Seattle.

In later years Lance enjoyed bowling, darts, karaoke, going to the casino, and playing cards; he liked cooking and going out to eat. He liked music, loved to dance, liked going to plays and concerts. He also liked to watch the Seahawks and Huskies, reruns of Law & Order, NCIS, and Charmed. Lance loved his cat Sambo.

Lance spent 35 years in the food and beverage service industry at various places in West Seattle, bartending, cooking, and managing, most recently at Chelan Café. He enjoyed working and had a strong work ethic.

He had a sarcastic sense of humor and liked to give people a hard time, but those who knew him, knew he cared. Lance was very generous and loyal and loved his family and friends. Lance, we will all miss you very much.

Lance is survived by his parents Ken and Dale Kerwin; siblings Kendal (John) Hines, Todd (Juanita) Kerwin, Brett Kerwin, and Maria Kerwin; 8 nieces and nephews, Tony, Kayla, Jeffrey, Jack, Joey, Olivia, Adam, and Rosie; great-nephew and -niece Lincoln and Marley; his best friend Jan; the Blayney family; and many other family members and friends. Lance was preceded in death by his partner Tony Hood.

A Memorial Service for Lance will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017, 1:00 pm at Greenwood Memorial Park Funeral Home, 350 Monroe Ave NE in Renton. A Celebration of Lance’s Life will continue at 3:00 pm at Chelan Café, 3527 Chelan Ave SW in West Seattle. Please visit to offer condolences or share fond memories with Lance’s family.

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3 Replies to "Two events Saturday in memory of Lance Kerwin, 1965-2017"

  • Greenwood Funeral Home November 2, 2017 (9:49 am)

    In memory of Lance, his family requests donations be made to The National Liver Foundation in lieu of flowers. Thank you.

  • Steve November 2, 2017 (3:25 pm)

    My favorite Lance memories would be when a certain customer would ask for a drink and Lance with a smile would shake his head then they would share an awkward stare. They would repeat this about 3 times per drink. EVERY TIME!! lol Many nights we would swap stories and be in tears laughing. Fun times. Thanks for the laughs buddy, thanks for serving my drinks the first time even though I sometimes didn’t really need them.  You will be missed. RIP

  • Bill November 2, 2017 (4:11 pm)

    Lance was one of my favorite bartenders. First at the corner inn, then at the  chelan  cafe. Rest in peace buddy.

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