Fred Lewis, 78, of Saratoga Springs, passed away on Wednesday April 2, 2014 with his beloved wife Pat, daughter Laurel and family at his side. He was born on April 20, 1935 in Ballston Spa, NY the son of the late Frank Sr. and Alice Reed Lewis.
Fred grew up on the farm in Rock City Falls one of 14 children, attending Rock City Falls Elementary and Saratoga H.S. He served his country in the US Army from 1957 to 1959.
Fred married the love of his life Patricia Vaness Aug. 25, 1962 and they spent 51 wonderful years together.He worked for The NY Racing Association as an Assistant Starter for many years.
Fred had a great love for horses and the Track. He was an extraordinary horseman who was loved and admired by many in the Thoroughbred Racing community
Fred also enjoyed fishing, traveling with his wife, going to casinos and spending time with his family and his beloved granddaughters.
He is survived by his wife Patricia; daughter, Laurel Bowen (Kevin); grandchildren, Dena Marie and Brandi Alexandra Sangese; sisters, Mary Lewis Cullen (Glenn), Betty Lewis Meers (Edward), Ruth Lewis, Helen Lewis Ryle, Cynthia Lewis Hubbert, Linda Lewis Whiting; brothers, Edward M. Lewis, Ralph L. Lewis (Kathy), Warren W. Lewis (Susan), James J. Lewis, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Fred is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Celia C. Lewis Haynes; brothers John and Frank Lewis.
Funeral service in honor of Fred will be held on Saturday April 5, 2014, 5 pm, at Compassionate Funeral Care Inc., 402 Maple Ave. (Rte. 9) with Pastor George Richards from Simpson United Methodist Church, Rock City Falls, NY Officiating.
Calling hours for friends and family will be held on Saturday from 2:00 - 4:45 pm prior to the service at Compassionate Funeral Care Inc.
In lieu of flowers donations in Fred’s honor can be made to the Back Stretch Employee Services Team (BEST) 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Gate 6, Cottage 28 B, Elmont, NY 11003.
Following the service for Fred all are invited to join the family for further fellowship and food at the Saratoga Wilton Elks Lodge 161 directly behind the Funeral Home.