SARATOGA SPRINGS — Fred Lewis, 78, of Saratoga Springs, passed away on Wednesday, April 2 with his beloved wife, Pat, daughter, Laurel, and family at his side.
He was born on April 20, 1935 in Ballston Spa, 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 High School. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959.
Fred married the love of his life, Patricia Vaness on August 25, 1962 and they spent 51 wonderful years together.
He worked for The New York 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 at 5 p.m. at Compassionate Funeral Care Inc., 402 Maple Ave. (Rte. 9) with Pastor George Richards from Simpson United Methodist Church, Rock City Falls, NY Officiating.
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.
Online condolences can be made at www.CompassionateFuneralCare.com