Stanley Beresford Lewis was born on October 22, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the eldest of five children born to the late James Beresford Lewis and Marie Bento Lewis. At the young age of twelve, Stanley devoted his life to Jehovah through baptism, and served faithfully in various capacities as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses throughout his life, including working on the Regional Building Committee and also as a Ministerial Servant in both the Fenimore and Midwood Congregations. Prior to transferring to the Fenimore Congregation, he was also a long-standing member of the Port Jervis Congregation.
In his youth, Stanley was tall, strong and very athletic. He had an enthusiasm for various sports including basketball, which was an interest he would later share with his own sons. He was especially passionate though about baseball, so much so that he even tried out for a spot on the then Brooklyn Dodgers.
Stanley graduated from Automotive High School; however, prior to that, he regularly assisted his father with plumbing tasks, thereby kindling his love of the plumbing trade. As such, in 1973 Stanley became a Licensed Master Plumber, which was a profession that he excelled in for over forty years as the founder of his own plumbing and heating company. It should be noted that he was one of the earliest African-Americans to obtain a New York City Master Plumber’s License. He subsequently joined the Kings County Master Plumbers Association, and served as its President from 1982 to 1984. Stanley was also a member of the Master Plumbers Council of the City of New York, and served as its Director during the periods 1996 - 1997 and 1999 - 2001. In addition, he served as Treasurer of the aforementioned Council for many years.
Stanley married as a young man, with that union producing two sons: Jeffrey and Steven. Later in life, he remarried and had another son, Stanley, known to most as Alex. Although a true disciplinarian, Stanley was a proud and loving father. He was also a dutiful husband who was absolutely committed to his family. He loved traveling with them, and did so extensively throughout Europe and the Caribbean.
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