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Robert L. Lewis, 85, of Fairhope, Ala., former owner and operator of Lewis Cooper Photo Lithography Co. in Buffalo, died Sunday (Oct. 27, 1996) in an Alabama hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Lockport, he attended Purdue University and was a member of Theta Chi fraternity. During World War II, he was a commanding officer of the 163rd Signal Photo Company, a combat photography unit in the African and European theaters. Many of Lewis' wartime photos appeared in the recently published book "Armed With Cameras."

He operated Lewis Cooper Photo Lithography Co. on Main Street for 25 years, retiring in 1972. He moved from North Tonawanda to Alabama in 1976.

He was known in Fairhope for his photo reproduction work. He was a member of Fairhope United Methodist Church and the Eastern Shore Art Association. An avid sailor, he also was a boat builder.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, the former Dorothy Allen; a son, Robert A. of Berkeley, Calif.; two daughters, Linda Pratt of Rockville Centre and Lucile Mahoney of East Aurora; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 7 in Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 S. Section St., Fairhope.


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