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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fred A. Lewis

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.

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  1. So so sorry to hear about Freddie, I knew him well from the race track for many years when he was the spring stall man, he was always a very fair honorable person. Karen

  2. I knew Fred for many years when growing up on Church Street in Saratoga. He was great friends with my mom and dad as we saw him just about everyday. Dad saw him at the track as they both worked the Saratoga Meet. He was always so polite and great to be around. i'm sorry I lost contact with him as I moved to Jersey and then to Nevada. Prayers go out to his family. He was a great guy and it was a pleasure and honor to call him my neighbor and friend. --Bob Gailor, Washoe Valley, Nevada R.I.P. Fred.

  3. We are so sorry for your loss Laurie and to your mom and of course my Dena and her sister Brandi. Our prayers are with you all. I'm so sorry we never got to meet him. May he rest in peace. Donna and Ken Moran and the Bracken Family

  4. Bill and Janice MasonApril 5, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    To Fred's wife and family,and to my brother -in-law Ed.My wife and I and my family want to express our deepest sympathy and prayers in the loss of your loved one.

  5. Dear Pat & Family,

    We are so sorry to hear about Freddie's passing. He was a great friend to our family and we will always remember his kind demeanor and the many years spent together at the track. His judgment and sense of fairness were unequaled - a true stand-up person. He will be missed. Our prayers are with you always. Love, Richie and the family; Regine, Corine and Connor xoxox