Joseph Anthony Lewis Sr., 82, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013, in Punta Gorda, Fla.
An electrical contractor and real estate broker, Mr. Lewis was born in Providence, R.I., and lived most of his life in Rumford, R.I.
He was a fan of all sports and had a keen interest in politics. Mr. Lewis was a scoutmaster and director of the youth hockey league, a member or chair of several state and local political groups, and served as a lobbyist for the Political Action Committee of IBEW Local 99 in Rhode Island. He later became a more ardent sports fan as he watched his grandchildren participate in athletics. Mr. Lewis retired in 1999 to Punta Gorda, where he was a communicant of and volunteer at San Antonio Church.
Mr. Lewis is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia (nee Harrington); their children, Patricia Lewis (Raymond) Dulac of East Greenwich, R.I., and Punta Gorda, Carol Lewis (William) Cullinan of Glocester, R.I., and Narragansett, R.I., Joseph A. (Laureen) Jr. of Barrington, R.I., James J. of East Providence, R.I., and Jeffrey J. of Sarasota, Fla.; and grandchildren, Kaitlyn Lewis Dulac and Michael Lewis Dulac, both of Providence, Joseph A. Lewis III and John J. Lewis, both of Barrington, and Zachary Lewis of Sarasota. He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Sabina (nee Silva) Lewis; his brother, Anthony C. Cunha; and his sisters, Mary V. Burgess, Ruth O’Grady, Edwina Cooney and Madeline Boyle.
A Mass of celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013, at San Antonio Church, 24445 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte, Fla. Please visit the online tribute for Joseph Anthony Lewis Sr. at www.kays-ponger.com.
Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Port Charlotte Chapel.