Bradford R. Lewis Sr., 89, painting business owner

August 24, 2002

Bradford Rayfield Lewis Sr., a retired commercial and industrial paint business owner whose company painted many Baltimore landmarks, including Pimlico Race Course, died Sunday of complications from a stroke at the Brightwood Center in Lutherville. The Ruxton resident was 89.

Mr. Lewis was born in Portsmouth, Va., in 1912 and moved with his family to Baltimore soon after. A City College graduate, he founded Lewis Brothers Inc., a painting contracting business, with his brother Eldridge in 1940. The brothers opened their shop on Park Avenue but later moved to South Ann Street in Fells Point. Mr. Lewis remained active in the daily operation of the business until the 1980s, when his son took over.

In his retirement, he enjoyed reading, traveling and membership in the Royal Order of Jesters of the Boumi Temple. He also spent time at a vacation home in Ocean City and participated in events organized by the Dunes Club, a social group that gathered at the seaside resort.

In 1937, he married Martha Boss of Baltimore. Mrs. Lewis died two years ago.

A memorial service will be held at Ruck Towson Funeral Home at 11 a.m. today.

He is survived by his son, Bradford Rayfield Lewis Jr. of Chester; two daughters, Patricia Lewis of Ruxton and Alma Elaine Shende of Syracuse, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to the Greater Baltimore Medical Center Foundation Emergency Room Fund, 6701 N. Charles St., Towson 21204.

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