Owner of large marine distributor dies

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Joseph E. Lewis Jr., the owner of Jerry’s Marine Service, a marine engine and parts distributor with locations in Florida, South Carolina and New Jersey, passed away Aug. 6, the company said in a statement. He was 74.

Lewis, of Dania Beach, Fla., was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, who was also a marine industry leader and the 1992 recipient of the Darlene Briggs award. He is survived by his sons Joe, Doug, Tim and Jon, as well as five grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at 3 p.m. Monday until services at 6:30 p.m. at Fred Hunters Downtown Funeral Home in Ft. Lauderdale.

The family requests those attending the services dress “Joe Lewis casual” — Hawaiian shirt preferred, socks optional.

Contributions may be made in his memory to Hospice of Gold Coast, 2101 W. Commercial Blvd., Suite 4500, Ft. Lauderdale 33309. Condolences may be shared online at fredhunters.com.

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